…men Hans Diller lever

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


Every 2-3 months, 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:

  • Sophus Helle og Morten Søndergaard (overs.): Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh)
  • Brett Easton Ellis: Under Nul (Less Than Zero)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: Den Store Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
  • Günther Grass: Bliktrommen (The Tin Drum)
  • Peter Adolphsen: Rynkekneppesygen (The Wrinkle Fuck Disease)
  • Svend Aage Madsen: Mellem himmel og jord (Between Heaven And Earth)
  • Os selv: : Egne noveller (we wrote our own novels)
  • Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Død På Kredit (Death On Credit)
  • Karen Blixen: Syv Fantastiske Fortællinger (Seven Gothic Tales)
  • Erich Maria Remarch: Intet Nyt Fra Vestfronten (All Quiet On The Western Front)
  • Jens Blendstrup: Slagterkoner og bagerenker
  • Jan Sonnergaard: Radiator (og andre noveller)
  • H. P. Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu; The Whisperer in the Darkness
  • Michel Houellebecq: H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
  • John Le Carré: Spionen Der Kom Ind Fra Kulden (The Spy Who Came In From The Cold)
  • Peter Madsen: Historien Om Job (The Book Of Job; comic book version)
  • Virginia Woolf: Til Fyret (To The Lighthouse)
  • Aksel Sandemose: En Flygtning Krydser Sit Spor (A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks)
  • Morten Pape: Planen
  • Orhan Pamuk: Det Hvide Slot (The White Castle)
  • Thomas Pynchon: Det Dybe net (Bleeding Edge)
  • Dan Turèll: Vangede Billeder (Images Of Vangede)
  • Harper Lee: Dræb Ikke En Sangfugl (To Kill A Mocking Bird)
  • Michel Houellebecq: Kortet og Landskabet (The Map And The Territory)
  • Joseph Conrad: Mørkets Hjerte (Heart Of Darkness)
  • Fjodor Dostojevski: Kældermennesket — optegnelser fra en undergrund (Notes From Underground)
  • Charles Dickens: En Fortælling Om To Byer (A Tale Of Two Cities)
  • Gabriel García Marquéz: 100 års ensomhed (One Hundred Years Of Solitude)
  • Knut Hamsun: Sult (Hunger)
  • Lewis Carroll: Alice I Eventyrland (Alice In Wonderland)
  • John Steinbeck: Øst For Paradis (East Of Eden)
  • Ernest Hemingway: Den Gamle Mand Og Havet (The Old Man And The Sea)


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