Kurzgeschichten für lange Nächte

Ich bin kein großer Kurzgeschichten-Fan, ich glaube das ist – wie bei Gedichten auch – so ein „aquired taste“ wie Rotwein, Whisky, Blauschimmel-Käse. Kurzgeschichten haben es nicht leicht bei mir, drohen immer mal wieder in die Ecke zu fliegen, wenn ich in die Geschichten nicht reinkomme (wie kürzlich beispielsweise bei George Saunders), daher wiegen die hier aufgelisteten für mich um so mehr, denn die haben mich in der Regel von der ersten Zeile nicht mehr losgelassen.

Eine liebe Freundin hat mir vor kurzem einen Kurzgeschichten Band zugeschickt: Victoria Hislops Sammlung mit Kurgeschichten von Frauen und zu meinem Entzücken fand ich dort meine Lieblingsgeschichte „The Lottery“ wieder, was mich auf den Gedanken brachte, meine Bibliothek zu durchforsten, um meine persönliche Sammlung aus den für mich besten Kurzgeschichten der Welt hier zu präsentieren.

Einige kann man im Internet finden, da habe ich den link ensprechend angehängt und bin jetzt sehr gespannt, ob Euch meine Sammlung gefällt, welche ihr davon kennt und vielleicht auch mögt oder eben auch nicht. Fehlt euch etwas? Freue mich sehr auf Eure Kommentare und etwaigen Ergänzungen. So long äh short 😉

Isaac Asimov – The Martian Way
Margaret Atwood – Torching the Dusties
Margaret Atwood – Death by Landscape
Margaret Atwood – The Martians claim Canada
Paul Auster – Augie Wren’s Christmas Story
James Baldwin – The Outing
Karen Blixen – The Monkey
Wolfgang Borchert – Nachts schlafen die Ratten doch
Jorge Luis Borges – Die Bibliothek von Babel
Octavia Butler – The Morning, and the evening and the night
TC Boyle – Dogology
Ray Bradbury – The Veldt
Ray Bradbury – A sound of Thunder
Ray Bradbury – The Million-Year Picnic
Albert Camus – The Artist at Work
Truman Capote – Handcarved Coffins
Truman Capote – Miriam
Raymond Carver – Neighbors
Angela Carter – The Bloody Chamber
Ted Chiang – Story of Your Life
Roald Dahl – Lamb to the Slaughter
Philip K Dick – The Golden Man
Philip K Dick – The Minority Report
Charles Dickens – The Signal-Man
Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
Denis Diderot – Gründe meinem alten Nachtrock nachzutrauern
Joan Didion – On Self-Respect
Emma Donoghue – Words for Things
Fjodor Dostojewski – Weihnachtsbaum und Hochzeit
Fjordor Dostojewski – Weiße Nächte
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Agatha Christie – The Witness for the Prosecution
Jennifer Egan – Safari
Harlan Ellison – I have no mouth and I must scream
Sheridan Le Fanu – Green Tea
William Faulkner – A Rose for Emily
F Scott Fitzgerald – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gillian Flynn – The Grownup
EM Forster – The Machine Stops
Neil Gaiman – Der Fluch der Spindel
Neil Gaiman – Snow, Glass, Apples
Ursula LeGuin – Coming of Age in Karhide
Ursula LeGuin – The ones who walk away from Omelas
Graham Greene – The Third Man
Ernest Hemingway – The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Ernest Hemingway – A clean well-lighted place
O. Henry – The Robe of Peacej
Patricia Highsmith – The stuff of Madness
Aldous Huxley – Young Archimedes
Washington Irving – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Mary Gaitskill – The Other Place
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
Maria Dahvana Headley – See the Unseeable, Know the Unknowable
Judith Hermann – Kaltblau
Siri Hustvedt – Mr. Morning
Henry James – The Turn of the Screw
Shirley Jackson – The Lottery
Franz Kafka – Die Verwandlung
Franz Kafka – In der Strafkolonie
Stephen King – Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Stephen King – Children of the Corn
Stephen King – The eerie aftermath of a mass exit
Stephen King – The Road Virus heads north
Heinrich Kleist – Die Marquise von O
Lautréamont – Die Gesänge des Maldoror
Stanislaw Lem – Test
Hengtee Lim – The Girl at the Bar
Jack London – The Red One
HP Lovecraft – Cool Air
HP Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
Guy de Maupassant – Der Horla
Herman Melville – Bartleby, the Scrivener
Laurie Moore – How to become a writer
Daphne Du Maurier – Don’t look back
Daphne Du Maurier – The Birds
Haruki Murakami – Kinos Bar
Haruki Murakami – Yesterday
Haruki Murakami – The Elephant Vanishes
Vladimir Nabokov – Terra Incognita
Joyce Carol Oates – Where are you going, where have you been?
Dorothy Parker – Sentiment, A Telephone Call
Sylvia Plath – Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe – The Pit and the Pendulum
Annie Proulx – Brokeback Mountain
Karen Russell – Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Karen Russell – Reeling for the Empire
JD Salinger – For Esme
JD Salinger –  A Perfect Day for a Banana-Fish
Oliver Sacks – Altered States
Jean-Paul Sartre – The Room
Jean-Paul Sartre – The Wall
Arthur Schnitzler – Traumnovelle
Ali Smith – Free Love
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Body Snatcher
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Donna Tartt – The Ambush
James Tiptree Jr – And I awoke and found me here on the Cold Hill’s side
Mark Twain – Cannibalism in cars
Jules Verne – Der ewige Adam
Kurt Vonnegut – Harrison Bergeron
Kurt Vonnegut – The Drone King
HG Wells – Empire of the Ants
Jeanette Winterson – Days like this
Virginia Woolf – A mark on the wall
Richard Yates – Saying Goodbye to Sally
Banana Yoshimoto – Lizard
Stefan Zweig – Die Schachnovelle
Stefan Zweig – Brief einer Unbekannten


Day 14+15 Penguin Book-a-Day-Challenge (Read at School + Favourite colour cover)


I know – I know. Another combined day, it looks as if I’m getting lazy. But! But! I really had a reason for combining it. It really is both. We did read it at school (ok in German but still) and it is one of my absolute favourite colour cover books. Promise.

If you don’t know Matilda or any of the other wonderful children books by Roald Dahl – you have to read them. If you are a grown-up or not. They are fantastic. No true book worm could resist Matilda, I promise you will love her.

“Matilda said, „Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

OK – I stop now. I could go on quoting and quoting and quoting. I have not read Matilda in a while but just promised her that 2015 is her year again – can’t wait 🙂


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I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life…if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.
(Roald Dahl)