Guess I'm a little weird. I studied German in high school and college and love German poetry — people still read Rilke, don't they? — and the German novelle (an exquisite form). Read Theodor Storm's Immensee sometime, folks. I've reviewed Houllebecq. But also Torgny Lindgren, who I think deserves the Nobel Prize. The late Umberto Eco sold well on these shores, at least for a while. It wasn't that long ago that Hermann Hesse was all the rage. What has happened?