Pocket Penguin Week: Red, Yellow and Olive Books

by - 04 October

Willkommen zum zweiten Tag der Pocket Penguin Week!

Gestern ging es um die Englischen Bücher, und heute folgen die nächsten drei Farben: Rot, Gelb und Oliv. Wie ihr im Ausgangspost sehen könnt, stehen sie für die im Original auf Russisch, Spanisch oder Deutsch verfassten Werke! Letzteres finde ich besonders interessant, einfach um zu sehen wie unsere Sprache ins Englische übersetzt wird. Und da einige von euch gern Kafka lesen, ist hier garantiert etwas für euch dabei ;) 

Auch heute findet ihr zu jedem Titel kurze Beschreibungen, damit es nicht zu lang wird, und teilweise auch professionelle oder meine Einschätzungen. Wenn euch eine Geschichte dann näher interessiert, kommt ihr durch einen Klick auf den Titel zur jeweiligen Seite, wo ihr Dank Penguin in die Bücher reinlesen könnt. Denkt daran, schreibt euch eure Favoriten wieder auf... für den Freitag ;)

"The Cossacks" and "Hadji Murat" - Leo Tolstoy
‘He said that Shamil had ordered Hadji Murat to be taken dead or alive...’

Two masterly Russian tales of freedom, fighting and great warriors in the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, inspired by Tolstoy’s years as a soldier living among the Cossack people.

Meinung: "You know you're reading a great book when strangers are willing to break the silence of the tube to compliment you on your choice of reading. 'Hadji Murat - wonderful. So very real', this particular stranger said to me. Based on Tolstoy's own experiences fighting in the Caucasus region during the Chechen-Russian conflict, here are two short but incredibly powerful stories about the waste of war as well as the intensity and heroism of lives lived on the edge of death."- Gracie Lofthouse, PRH UK Content Producer (Source: [x])

"My Childhood" - Maxin Gorky
I could hear the frost crackling outside. Greenish moonbeams shone through windows covered with patterns of ice...

In one of the most moving, raw accounts of childhood ever written, Maxim Gorky describes, with appalling clarity and startling freshness, growing up amid poverty and brutality in Tsarist Russia.

Meinung: "Two deaths, a birth and the most formidable grandmother to roam 19th century Russia: these are just the first five pages of My Childhood. Gorky, through his curious five-year-old self, immerses you into the grey soaked realms of poverty stricken Russia of the late 1800s. Fuelled by survival and filled with observation, it’s the men and women that weave into Gorky’s fabric of early life that ignite his existence and punch from the pages. It’s essentially the Albert Square of 1873; it’s as addictive as a soap opera with a storyline no writer could make up, and a childhood lived like no other."- Caroline Maddison, PRH UK Head of Digital Marketing Puffin & Ladybird (Source: [x])
‘Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles...useless words! A Russian doesn’t need them’

This humane, moving masterpiece of families, love, duels, heartache, failure and the clash between generations caused a scandal in nineteenth-century Russia with its portrayal of youthful nihilism.

Meinung: "This timeless Russian classic of the clash between generations has a surprisingly different effect on the reader depending on their age. Personally, I sympathised with the young characters – it reminds me of the fun times when I was sure adults knew nothing about life.2- Kristina Kanter, PRH UK Developer (Source: [x])

"The Master and Margarita" - Mikhail Bulgakov
Manuscripts don’t burn…

This ribald, carnivalesque satire – featuring the Devil, true love and a gun-toting cat – was written in the darkest days of the Soviet Union and became an underground sensation.

Meinung: "Very little can prepare you for the wild ride that is The Master and Margarita. You don't get a universe more exquisitely intricate than Bulgakov's, with its humorous dialogue, terrifying brutality, and religious riddles. Following a trickster devil as he turns Stalinist Moscow on its head, it is a bizarre, outrageous and simultaneously addictive reading adventure." - Claudia Toia, PRH UK Community Manager (Source: [x])

"The Gambler and A Nasty Business" - Fyodor Dostoevsky
40,000 francs, which lay before him in a heap of gold and banknotes.

Written in twenty-six days to pay off Dostoyevsky’s own roulette debts, The Gambler is a graphic psychological study of addiction, accompanied here by a brilliant short story of excruciating social embarrassment.

Meinung: "The foundation stone of the entire environmental movement, Walden revolutionised how we think about nature and humankind’s place in nature – it is both a charming and a harsh book that has inspired many generations of readers." - Simon Winder, PRH UK Publishing Director (Source: [x])


"The House of Ulloa" - Emilia Pardo Bazan
Then he saw the barrel of a gun aimed dead on target – not at him, as he might have expected, but at the clergyman’s back.

Set in a crumbling Spanish mansion, this gloriously comic and gothic novel follows the fortunes of an innocent young priest as he enters a world of moral decadence, sexual intrigue and corruption.

Meinung: "The House of Ulloa has got everything: a crumbling mansion full of secrets, a sinister estate manager, corruption, sex, religion, politics and local feasts featuring twenty-six different dishes. With the action seen through the baffled eyes of the innocent young priest Father Julián, the book is as funny as it is heartbreaking." - Jess Harrison, PRH UK Classics Editor (Source: [x])


"The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" - Rainer Maria Rilke
There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.

This dreamlike meditation on being young and alone in Paris is a feverish work of nerves, angst and sublime beauty from one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets.

Meinung: "The Notebooks is one of the few books I’ve defaced, manically underlining sentences out of unbridled enthusiasm, such was their elegance and cleverness. Rilke is the greatest poet of the twentieth century and in this, his only novel, his devotion to 'the lyric' reaches its shimmering apotheosis." - Sam Voulters, PRH UK Classics Brand Director (Source: [x])

"Metamorphosis" - Franz Kafka
I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.

Featuring an ordinary man who wakes up to find himself turned into a giant cockroach, Kafka’s masterpiece of unease and black humour, Metamorphosis, is brought together here with the best of his short stories.

Meinung: "Kafka’s writing exists in literary legend before anyone encounters it, well-known as he was as an illustrator of the futile, maddening and absurd. Metamorphosis tracks the sudden transformation of a man into a giant beetle. The reactions of his family are surreally cold and chillingly unconcerned, and we see our protagonist become an outcast in what might be an allegory for our antipathy towards disability, mental illness or political dissent." - Zainab Juma, PRH UK Email Marketing and CRM Manager (Source: [x])

"Storm of Steel" - Ernst Jünger
Out of the hideously scarred soil of Flanders rose black, splintered trunks of trees.

In one of the greatest war memoirs ever written, an ordinary German soldier recalls the horror and bloodlust of combat on the Western Front with brutal, unflinching candour and stark simplicity.

"Dream Story" - Arthur Schnitzler
Her fragrant body and burning red lips.

A married couple reveal their darkest sexual fantasies to each other, in this erotic psychodrama of infidelity, transgression and decadence in early twentieth-century Vienna.

Pictures, quotes and descriptions courtesy of PRH UK

Und, welche Bücher sprechen euch heute am meisten an? Konntet ihr bestimmte Titel zu eurer Favoriten-Liste hinzufügen? :)

Morgen geht es dann schon mit den letzten drei Farben, Blau, Violett und Grau, weiter! Ich möchte unbedingt eure Meinungen hören und freue mich über jeden Kommentar ❤

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  1. Huhu,

    "The Cossacks and Hadji Murat" klingt ehrlich gesagt gut, auch wenn ich sonst um solche Cover einen Bogen mache :)


    1. Hi Sonja,

      Es klingt wirklich nach einer spannenden Erzählung, und dann bekommt man auch noch gleich zwei Geschichten! Für mich ist es so interessant zu lesen, wer welche Bücher am besten findet :) Und ich freue mich total dass du mit liest, auch wenn die Cover nicht so deins sind.

      Also vielen Dank & Allerliebste Grüße!