My name is Sébastien and I’m a Burmese residing in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). I enjoy reading since I knew how to read. Well, except school text books.
I’m a total fiction lover but occasionally I try to read non-fiction books. There’s no specific genre of my preference. I read almost everything depending on my mood. So, I’d like to say my taste in literature is eclectic. Whether it is a classical or contemporary, tragedy or comedy, romance or detective, historical fiction or political thriller, I think I’m pretty good with any type. I’m a Potterhead and like a few other fantasy fiction but not much of a fan of sci-fi fiction.
However, I notice that I tend to like a book when it conveys melancholic feeling or causes catharsis to me. Franz Kafka put it with such eloquent when he wrote a letter to Oskar Pollak, “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? …we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”