Lockdown Literature

All Things Books / Recos

About Before Dawn: The Poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono, The Wandering,
Written by Katrin Figge, and was originally published in Personal Blog,
Jan 16, 2021

If you’re living in a country, city or region that has enforced a strict lockdown, I hope you’re hanging in there. Sometimes, I can’t seem to remember what “normal” feels like – to be fair, I have always been a couch potato, but to not even have the option to go to the movies, a restaurant, the museum or the theatre is something else entirely. While we are encouraged (or forced) to stay at home, at least our minds can travel freely. The magic of books and literature allows us to do just that: they let our thoughts roam freely and wildly, help us embark on imaginary adventures and dive into worlds both familiar and unknown. My book purchases went through the roof over these past few months, and the pile of novels on my nightstand that I have labelled “to read” keeps growing. But even though I find it extremely exciting to discover new books and authors, I sometimes also seek comfort in re-reading stories I have fallen in love with a long time ago.

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