• The cover of the book Fatelessness

    Fatelessness

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    To register to be human—as Kertész does—under unbearable circumstances reminds me of the fragility of life, of being human. Kertész writes so I’m forced into a timeline; I have to become a witness to what happens. This book has made me grow both as an author and a human.

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  • The cover of the book The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther

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    Reading this book is the experience of losing someone while reading. It’ll make you grieve; it’ll make you feel. It makes you consider why a person might not want to live anymore. I think Goethe wants to say that love is the biggest thing of all, but it has its consequences.

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  • The cover of the book Austerlitz

    Austerlitz

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    No writer has the same ability of describing emptiness and loneliness as Sebald. He has the ability to pay attention to details and rare existences that make your own perspective bigger. As someone mourning, those details can also anchor you to reality.

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  • The cover of the book Death in Venice

    Death in Venice

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    A manifestation of how longing becomes sorrow. To me, this is a tragedy that makes you enjoy the tragedy as suffering turns into great art. The meaningless becomes meaningful when Mann writes, and grief become tolerable.

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  • The cover of the book The Symposium

    The Symposium

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    This book consists of six conversations about the essence of love. Without love: no sorrow. I may have misunderstood Plato, but after reading Symposium, I want to believe that grief is the shadow of love.

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