Thursday, February 06, 2020

Daniel Kehlmann's Tyll, a darkly humorous picaresque of the Thirty Years' War

Update:  The original post that was here no longer exists.  In early April 2020, I got a notice from Google that someone (acting on behalf of an international authors' organization) filed a DMCA takedown notice for the post, alleging that it violated the copyright of someone they represented. 

I was asked to remove the "offending content" (which baffled me, because it doesn't exist).  The entirety of my post consisted of a review I wrote myself, plus some additional commentary on the historical context of the Thirty Years' War, which I also wrote myself. Booklist (to whom I'd submitted the original review) has given me permission to repost content I write for them.

Google (who owns Blogger) doesn't evaluate these notices; they simply pass them along to the original party.

I can't help but wonder if something was lost in translation, since most of the other DMCA notices they filed seem to deal with removing illegal PDF copies of the full novel.  If the organization does represent Mr. Kehlmann in some way, I do wonder what purpose it served to demand removal of a starred book review of his work, since reviews (especially positive ones) generally help to get the word out...

In any case, anyone looking to read the original review can find it online at Booklist.


4 comments:

  1. I'm often curious about the historical fiction that is being published in other languagess.

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    1. It's very popular in Germany from what I understand. Much of it isn't translated into English. Wish there were more translations.

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  2. I am intrigued! My husband and I were very taken with Babylon Berlin on Netflix, which I believe was based on a triology of very popular novels in Germany. I tried to read the first in the triology and could not get going. I will give this a try. Thanks!

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    1. That's disappointing - often it's the case that the books are better than the film. I've been hearing good things about the Netflix series. Thanks for the recommendation!

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