>>7601751 i really like it but i'm german an did read it in it's original german version and i guess there has been quite a lot lost in translation.
it's basically a 500 page love-letter to literature in a weird-funny fanatsy-world, a little like pratchett but better, with more effort, a little deeper. also it's incredibly well written in regards of immersion, you really really dive into this world of literature. there are also a lot of remarks to classical literature and writing and so on, so... yeah, good read and sadly very underrated in the us to my opinion.
>>7601764 did you read it though? maybe you can tell me why it's that underrated in the us. is it because the author is incredibly reclusive and you need to market a book with a face in the us or is it just bad luck and the sheer amount of competition?
>>7601785 i actually did cause i'm a fan of john green due to his vlogbrothers-stuff. his books are nice but nothing i'd fangirl over. anyway, when he was in berlin i wanted to give this to him in english so i got the english edition but he was there only for a short time and left without me having a chace to give it to him. so i still have the english version and did read it by now.
the translation is actually really good since some charcters refer to authers pupils in german schools have been tortured with and are exchanged to other characters english speakers might actually know. the character representing shakespear just has a brief appearance in one line in the german version but is exchanged with another charcter that has a little more detail. afaik moers did work with the translator on those details quite a lot wich is why it's been published like 2 years after it's original german in the us.
also the translations of the poems work very well and manage to get the tone and the meaning across propperly.
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