Hi Ario Hi Rosalind
Thanks for your texts
Yes German literature is a bit convoluted, gloomy and angstitche!!!!!
Have tried a bit of Goethe (who seems to have been quite lively and naughty) -- his poems as per Schubert leider go down well.
Nietche ,well, Niet.
Buddenbrooks--- I was quite surprised to find they were a family not a country house.
"The Magic Mountain (Zauberberge) is also to hefty for me.
So will get cracking on Death in Venice and avoid the strawberries at the end. (Actually fond memories of Venice ( on the Lido) where Thomas wrote most of the book.!!!
All the very best to you all for the days ahead esp 2013