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January 31, 2010

The Sunday Salon: "Baby It's Cold Outside"

Hello, fellow Saloners,

here is quite cold since some days, there is a lot of snow on the other parts of the country, but we get here in the Western part of Hungary only incredible cold.

Meanwhile I'm currently reading a book Selsky baroko [Folk Baroque] by a Czech author, Jiri Hajicek, which is played during a hot-hot summer in a South Bohemian village. It's about the history of this village, about the dark years of communism after the ww2. And it's about the present too, how we thinking about those years now, especially, we, the generation born more decades after that period.

BTW, the "folk baroque" is a real existing style, just take a look at the wikipedia article of the village Holasovice , it looks really very nice.

An another book determined by the weather is the short story collection of the successful Hungarian playwright, Zoltan Egressy. It's mostly rainy weather in those stories, and that gives them a quite special atmosphare.

Well, I have a question for you: Could you tell me books/stories, where the cold weather plays an important role?

I can remember for example in the novel The Girl With The Pearl Earring there is a scene there is quite cold outside and Griet has to do also the tasks of another characters.

And of course War and Peace is an another good example, I think.

Any others?

4 megjegyzés:

gautami tripathy said...

The Tenderness of Wolves by Steff Penney is set in the bleak winters of Canada and pefect for winter reading! You can check out my review of it on my blog.

Here is my Sunday Salon post!

Book Dilettante said...

I've been reading books set in Eastern Europe too this past week. Hope you'll visit my Sunday Salon

Gavin said...

I just finished The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson. It takes place in a small village in the middle of winter, lots of snow and very short days!

Marie said...

The cold seemed pretty important in certain parts of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Steig Larsson.

 
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