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These pages briefly discuss a certain number of books I read in the last few years or just yesterday. Possibly this will inspire you to read or reread some of them, or give them as presents. Unless it just makes you renounce purchasing certain books...

In fact I am realizing that these pages should rather be named "Reading Experiences" because they will also talk of books I did not really like. I think it is important not to suppress unpleasant experiences. But do always have your own experience since I may be wrong or your predilections may be different from mine...

To offer you a better orientation, I disposed the books in a little villa that you can visit using the following map.

Note the following
revolutionary invention
(switch your loudspeakers on):

BOOK: the Technological Revolution

(unfortunately only in Spanish,
but easy to understand, and with French subtitles)

   

The Villa of Our Library

Floor

Topics

Ground Floor

Documentation

First Floor

Fiction

Second Floor

Argumentation

And so to say behind the villa, there is a Political Note.

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Cantiere

CAUTION, OPEN BUILDING SITE!

USE THE PROTECTIVE HELMET!

Dear English-speaking friends, please excuse me for the enormous delay of the library's English interface! The user interface of every language demands hard work - and I cannot do all things at once...

You will find many more books using the German, French, or Italian interface. If you have problems of comprehension or particular interests, please tell me!

Obviously I will do more (and faster) efforts for the sort of topics people are really interested in.

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Ground Floor

D O C U M E N T A T I O N

Room A001

Grammars, linguistic guides & courses (German)

Atrium

Introduction to the structure of the library (French, German)

Room C001

Environment & health (German)

Room A002

Single-language dictionaries & encyclopaedias (German)

Meeting Room

Introduction to the Partnerships
(French, German)

Room C002

Information Technology (German)

Room A003

Two-language Dictionaries (French, German)

Room B003

Reports
(French, German)

Room C003

Kitchen & Cellar (German)

Room A004

Letter Templates (German)

Room B004

(Auto-)Biographies & Memoirs
(French, German)

Room C004

Science (German)

Room A005

Languages & Linguistics
(French, German, Italian)

Room B005

History & Archeology

Room C005

Secondary Literature (German)

Room A006

Turns of phrase & Proverbs (German)

Room B006

Tourism & Geography (German)

Room C006

Editorial Problems (German)

Room A007

Setting Up Business (German)

Room B007

[currently unoccupied]

Room C007

On-line Dictionaries

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First Floor

F I C T I O N

Room A101

English Literature

Room B101

Danish Literature
(German)

Room C101

German Literature
(French, German)

German Dialectal Literature
(German)

Room A102

Finnish Literature (German)

Room B102

French-African Literature
(French, German)

Room C102

French Literature from Europe
(French, German)

Room A103

French-Caribbean Literature
(German)

Room B103

French-Canadian Literature
(French, German)

Room C103

Icelandic Literature
(German)

Room A104

Italian Literature
(French, German)

Room B104

Norwegian Literature
(German)

Room C104

Polish Literature
(French, German)

Room A105

Portuguese Literature
(French, German)

Room B105

Russian Literature
(French, German)

Room C105

Swedish Literature
(German)

Room A106

Spanish Literature
(German)

Room B106

South Slav Literature
(French, German)

Room C106

Hungarian Literature
(French, German)

Room A107

Czech Literature
(German)

Room B107

Turkish Literature
(German)

Room C107

Humorists, Cabaret Artists, and Satirists
(German)

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Second Floor

A R G U M E N T A T I O N

Room A201

Ecology
[currently unoccupied]

Room B201

Philosophy
(French, German)

Room C201

Politics
(German)

Room A202

Religion & Theology
(French, German, Italian)

Room B202

Economy
[currently unoccupied]

Room C202

[currently unoccupied]

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Political Note

Writing my observations concerning certain books I have realized that many books should only be read by people having favorable ideas, or even sympathy, for the people described or for the author's origins, without closing their eyes on the more or less important weaknesses of the same people.

We must get accustomed to the idea that our sympathy or even love for another people (as well as for our own people) cannot always be without dark clouds and that we should remain well-disposed towards it - even if this does not please its current ennemies.

More than ever, mankind will not have a chance of creating or maintaining a decent life for the majority of ourselves (unfortunately will there always be a lot of poor people nevertheless...) if we do not succeed in maintaining a human contact with everybody – and this will not be possible in a climate of hate and collective recrimination.

Hans-Rudolf Hower, 2012

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