It’s the end of a month, which means, new book reviews! March has been busy and to my surprise I still managed to find the time to read. I just need the escapism books provide. Hope you enjoy March’s reading list!
Jonas Karlsson – The Room
It’s the second book that I read of Jonas Karlsson and I am loving his use of words more and more. This story is such an absurd story but I loved it. The name of the character pops up very late in the book, in his previous book, The invoice, there wasn’t even a name mentioned. It’s such a weird thing to think about when you are reading, it creates this distance between me, as a reader and the character. If you want to read this book, I recommend reading as little as possible about the plot of the book. I won’t give you any details, only that the book is set in an office building and the main character discovers a room. I didn’t know anything about the plot which is why I was very confused at a certain point, but in a good way. I would highly recommend this book!
Who’s afraid of Contemporary Art? – Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi
I went into a bookshop with my mother and I immediately locked eyes with this book. So as kind as my mother is, she bought me this book. I only found the Dutch version, but the original title is Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art. I don’t know much about contemporary art, I’ve always wanted to stay up to date with this world, but there’s so much to see, so much to know, that it’s impossible to do so. This book was a very interesting read. There were many things that I did know, such as different aspects of the history of art, but so many things that I didn’t. It not only made me aware of different aspects of the art world, but it also stimulated me to grow as an artist. If you want a light read about the world of art, you should read this.
Steal like an artist – Austin Kleon
This book has been on my bookshelf for a few months, I think it was a christmas present. I knew I would pick it up if I ever felt out of ideas or started doubting every decision that I make as an artstudent. I only read the first chapters of the book, after reading those I had enough energy and ideas to make some more pieces. I will be reading the rest of the book whenever I need to. It’s such a simple book, but I love it.
Bruss. Brussels in shorts
This book was published in 2013 and after four years I finally stumbled upon it in the library and read it. The book is filled with short stories made by various people. I wasn’t a fan of every artist in the book, but that’s something personal. The ones that stayed with me the most were Frederik Van den Stock and Stedho. It’s a light read, with different places of Brussels in images. If you ever see it on a bookshelf, you should take the time to read it.
De helaasheid der dingen – Dimitri Verhulst
A Belgian writer whose work I love reading is Dimitri Verhulst. Every book reads so fluently, every story is so easy to read. I still try to be sceptical when opening a book of his, but at the end I always seem to love it. It’s an autobiographical book about Dimitri Verhulst his youth and the place where he grew up. He has such an interesting way of describing people and places that you immediately get a clear image of what he meant. The book consists out of, well, not so sophisticated words and phrases, which makes it more approachable and intelligibly in a way. You get such a clear insight on the way some Belgian, village people live their lives. (Without generalizing, because not all Belgians are this way.)
The book is translated in English, The Misfortunates, for those of you non-Dutch speaking people. I would highly recommend reading a book of Dimitri Verhulst.