Archive for October, 2010


Quietude and Diffidence – Kitzo Hekotormos

October 16, 2010

While I was looking for another book to read in a used bookstore, I saw a dusty and old book with an interesting blurb. It reminded me of Endo Shusaku’s Silence. Kitzo Hekotormos is an unknown author: one would have a hard time looking for him in Google, but he’s a brilliant writer. Instead of dealing with the consequences of religious revolution during the samurai era, he dealt with their search for meaning in a world that thought of them as more and more useless. It wasn’t about the ethical or moral thing to do: the struggle became more basic – how can one live on?

I dismissed the cover for its gaudiness, but the book is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. It’s said that he’s only written two novels and two poems, but I should think Quietude and Diffidence is his best work.


John Cournos’s St. Petersburg

October 15, 2010

I bought the first edition of another translation of Petersburg yesterday. One of the reasons why I bought another edition is to make sure I am going to read the novel once again. While the translation by Malmstad and Magure is top-notch (many readers deem it to be the best translation of Petersburg, with copious notes and proper description of the nuances of Bely’s text), I want to read the unwieldy version by John Cournos so that I will be forced to revisit the novel.


The first edition of V.

October 6, 2010

It’s been a while since I have updated this blog, and that is due to the string of exams these past few days. I desired to obtain the first edition printing of Thomas Pynchon’s V., but since most of those for sale are quite expensive, I asked help from my aunt and even specified the book to obtain so as I’d be able to procure one of the better first edition copies. I’m actually after the book because of its dust-jacket art, but it would please me a lot if my aunt would actually be able to purchase it for me. I will read it in preparation for my psychiatry class next year, but more importantly I will read it because I find it very intriguing as a debut novel.