for years, i had a list of my most favorite books.
after i ceased reading (that's another story), and after 20 years or so..
i forgot many of these books.
but there are two books left, which happen to answer your question:
- public domain is benno stehkragen by karl ettlinger. i have read it as a solo, despite it's in parts written in a foreign dialect. not my best results, also.
and 20 years ago, i hated the book after reading it. it has no happy ending.
i think, it is more sentimental than humorous - despite being a satire according to critics... one of the most important books, for me!
i remember quotes and feelings after 20 years, still
(and now, after recording it, even more)
uh yes, i've read benno stehkragen maybe... 3-5 times?
- not pd (and won't be in my lifetime) is karneval der götter (carneval of the gods) by bill behm. i have a very old copy, sort of single pages collection, half rotten. it is absolutely funny, a wonderful story, full of history-knowledge, knowledge about human mankind and the psyche, and one of the most funny books i ever read. i think i read it 50-100 times. i wanted to read it for librivox and researched the author. i found nothing but a (quoted
) literary encyclopedia. the author seemed to be sympathizing with the nazis and there is rumor, he murdered someone and never got sentenced for it. he has fled and the year of death is unknown, but estimated to be in the last 20 years of the last century. i was shocked, actually. the book tells about statues of egyptian gods, coming to live in a museum, and each one having their certain magical godlike abilities, they go on high society vacations. the whole story could be read as a sort of metaphor for the semi-teutonic nazi-mythology or the regime (and the hopes of the people in the beginnings, even). but i doubt it was meant like that. maybe needless to say, the book was published right after the war and won't be pd in the usa for ca. 20 years, also.