Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Swiss Treats

In honour of my first trip to Switzerland as an adult, the Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia have issued a stunning thing called 12 Swiss Books. It's a list of twelve Swiss books chosen by three clever people, plus an interview with Boyd Tonkin of the Independent, columns by Urs Widmer and the wonderful Tess Lewis, translator and knower of literature extraordinaire, and some other wee treats. A magazine, no less.

I shall be in Switzerland for the coming week, bizarrely enough meeting Tess Lewis and indeed also Urs Widmer at a workshop. I don't know whether I'll be blogging or not. Perhaps you can just read 12 Swiss Books instead. I shall report back from the Toblerone plantation in due course.*

*Actually you may think I'm being facetious, but last year I was at the Pro Helvetia booth at the book fair and they were very generous with the old Toblerone.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe that Christian Kracht's novel IMPERIUM is missing.
But he receives the Raabe-Preis:
Congrats to Mr. Kracht!