…but Hans Diller is alive

A complete list of all the books I've read in my reading club


Roughly every other month, I meet with my friends Morten, Mikkel, Klaus, and Jeff to discuss a book we've read. And maybe have a beer. We have a reading club called "…men Hans Diller lever" (eng.: "…but Hans Diller is alive").

The name comes from a piece of graffiti at KUA, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen, where all students and teachers have a collective crush on Michel Foucault. Someone wrote, with huge letters in front of the entrance, "FOUCAULT IS GAY". Later, "IS" was edited to "WAS" to clarify that he had died, and even later someone added "MEN HANS DILLER LEVER", which is both a dull joke ("hans diller" means "his penis" in Danish) and a reference to the little-known German classical scholar and historian Hans Diller. That's meta-humanity-humour for ya.

These are the books we've read. For sorting reasons, dates are written as yyyy/mm/dd. Country codes follow FIFA's country codes.

We also rated them on a scale from 0 to 5. The ratings shows the mean and spread (standard deviation, i.e. how much we agreed/disagreed on the rating).

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Date Author Country Title Year Pages Stars Spread
2022.06.02Jennifer Egan USAA Visit from the Goon Squad 2010293(currently reading)
2022.03.09Hans Kirk DENDe ny tider 19392113.2±0.5
2022.01.08Lone Frank DENStørst af alt 20202923.3±0.7
2021.10.29Jack Kerouac USAOn the Road 19572852.9±1.1
2021.08.14Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa ITAThe Leopard 19582472.7±0.8
2021.06.12William Golding ENGLord of the Flies 19541963.1±0.9
2021.04.03Ray Bradbury USAThe Martian Chronicles 19501923.2±0.8
2021.04.03Alistair MacLean SCOWhere Eagles Dare 19671662.9±0.7
2021.01.30Vladimir Nabokov USALolita 19553074.1±0.4
2020.11.21Halldór Laxness ISLSalka Valka 19313733.0±0.6
2020.09.18Laurence Sterne ENGThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman 17595882.7±0.6
2020.05.30José Saramago PORBlindness 19952844.1±0.4
2020.04.04Iain M. Banks SCOThe Wasp Factory 19842324.0±0.0
2020.02.11Arto Paasilinna FINThe Year of the Hare 19751833.5±0.8
2019.12.27Siri Hustvedt USAThe Blazing World 20144343.8±0.5
2019.10.26Isaac Asimov USACaves of Steel 19532141.7±0.2
2019.08.09Sophus Helle og Morten Søndergaard (overs.)SUMGilgamesh -21001403.8±0.8
2019.05.11Brett Easton Ellis USALess than zero 19851632.8±0.7
2019.02.08F. Scott Fitzgerald USAThe Great Gatsby 19251712.6±1.0
2018.11.24Günther Grass GERThe Tin Drum 19595551.5±0.9
2018.08.24Peter Adolphsen DENRynkekneppesygen 20172453.6±0.2
2018.06.02Ourselves DENWe wrote our own short stories 20180185.0±0.0
2018.04.07Svend Aage Madsen DENBetween Heaven and Earth 19902084.1±0.2
2018.02.17Louis-Ferdinand Céline FRADeath on Credit 19365084.9±0.2
2017.12.15Karen Blixen DENSeven Gothic Tales 19345002.3±0.8
2017.10.06Erich Maria Remarque GERAll Quiet on the Western Front 19292024.3±0.2
2017.07.18Jens Blendstrup DENSlagterkoner og Bagerenker 20164184.2±0.2
2017.04.08Jan Sonnergaard DENRadiator and other short stories 19972213.8±0.7
2017.02.10H. P. Lovecraft USAThe Call of Cthulhu and other short stories 19281174.0±1.0
2016.11.19John le Carré ENGThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold 19632252.2±0.2
2016.08.26Peter Madsen DENThe Book of Job (comic book version) -4501041.0±0.4
2016.08.26Virginia Woolf ENGTo the Lighthouse 19272102.5±0.4
2016.07.10Aksel Sandemose DENA Fugitive Crosses his Tracks 19334254.0±1.0
2016.05.14Morten Pape DENPlanen 20155574.3±0.4
2016.02.19Orhan Pamuk TURThe White Castle 19851603.6±0.2
2015.12.05Thomas Pynchon USABleeding Edge 20135190.4±0.2
2015.10.10Dan Turèll DENVangede Billeder 19751933.6±0.4
2015.08.28Harper Lee USATo Kill a Mocking Bird 19603073.2±0.2
2015.05.14Michel Houellebecq FRAThe Map and the Territory 20103124.5±0.3
2015.03.13Joseph Conrad POLHeart of Darkness 18991282.9±0.5
2015.01.30Fjodor Dostojevskij RUSNotes from Underground 18641664.3±0.4
2014.12.06Charles Dickens ENGA Tale of Two Cities 18594402.9±0.4
2014.09.27Gabriel García Marquéz COLOne Hundred Years of Solitude 19673082.5±0.6
2014.06.21Knut Hamsun NORHunger 18901084.5±0.3
2014.06.21Lewis Carroll ENGAlice In Wonderland 18651403.4±0.5
2014.04.17John Steinbeck USAEast Of Eden 19525794.0±0.0
2014.03.22Ernest Hemingway USAThe Old Man and the Sea 19521123.0±0.0

Our general enthusiasm for the books we've read has been distributed as follows:

Morten:   3.4 ±1.1
Mikkel: 3.2 ±1.2
Jeff: 3.1 ±1.4
Klaus: 3.3 ±0.0
Peter: 3.5 ±1.0