Going to the flea market gets me in the same type of excitement as going to the Book Fair. Except I can't go with a list. No, definitely no lists for the flea market, won't work. You have to let yourself get carried by the wave, you have to sniff and search, you must have the eye that sees under all the dust and among all that rust. You have to watch the people carefully, from the youngest to the oldest. Some will show you every single thing they sell, with some you can try and bargain, some other will try and cheat, from some you'll want to just run away, some will tell you stories, perhaps of a broken water heater and another flea market in a small town nearby.
And also, you'll have to get up early, earlier than on the Book Fair day. But if it's sunny outside the early walk is well worth it. You'll experience the magic hour, long shadows and golden sun and you'll definitely need the sunglasses. You might be tempted to take a few pictures and then you'll have to explain to your friend why you're late. She'll forgive you of course and take you to her place when you get tired of all the shopping. She'll make some coffee you'll empty all the bags on the floor and scream: 'I can't believe you've got that for just 1E!!!'
It's that time of the year again, it's Belgrade Book Fair time which means absolutely nothing to you unless you live in Serbia. But to me it's the only morning I'm really happy despite hanging out with my new best friend Insomnia all night. I'll still show you the list of what I found and tell you that we are getting our first Kindle from Santa this year and I'm still not sure what to feel about it...
1. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende (in Serbian)*
2. Diamonds are Forever- Ian Fleming (in English)*
3. Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes (in Serbian)
4. Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse - Virginia Wolf (in English)
5. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
1. Neuromancer - William Gibson (in English)
2. From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming (in English)
3. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith (in Serbian)
4. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte (in English)
5. Random vintage Serbian book on crocheting
1. Sandman - Neil Gaiman (in Serbian)
2. Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky(in Serbian)
3. Wunderkind - Roy Jacobsen (in Serbian)
below: Ivan Klajn - kind of Serbian dictionary
4. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (in English)
5. American Vogue, Septembar 2013
So, judging by this choice of books what would one think of me? I wonder...
* Being able to read in two languages is the only super power I have.