We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December — so keep reading for great ideas about what to read next and visit your nearest high street bookshop to purchase your Christmas gifts! Today’s selection is from Annie Rutherford.
Eerie, surreal and unsettling: Ulrike Almut Sandig’s poems are dreamlike in the truest sense of the word. Sandig’s collection Thick of It, translated by Karen Leeder, (Seagull, £12.99, hbk) showcases one of Germany’s most exciting contemporary poets. (And I mean exciting: Sandig’s live performances combine poetry with techno.) I love her poems’ immediacy, boldly telling the reader that “no. it’s not about you”, but also their prescient political nature; forests weave their way through the collection, and Sandig seems to be re-writing Brecht’s urgent question,
“What kind of times are these when
To talk about trees is almost a crime
Because it implies silence about so many horrors?”