What books you have read? An important question, especially if you want to pick from all the books of mankind, the 100 relevant out to create a Canon (Greek for “scale”).

The renowned German literary critic Denis Scheck (54, “fresh”) has taken on this difficult task, and in the Piper-publishing his almost 500-page conclusion released: “checks Canon – the 100 most important works of world literature”. That check not to be an elitist food for the girls is proof of the extra “of “war and peace” to “Tintin””.

Tolstoy’s eloquent Tome on a par with Hergés hung a Bulletin of signed stories? “I think the time of these E – and U-separation is expired,” says check. “I want to propose a wild Canon, the language or genre boundaries respected.” Essays in addition to Comics, theatre pieces, in addition to thrillers, poetry in addition to novels and non-fiction books. “A Canon, as colorful as the lives of us readers.”

“Old hag” against “hysterical escalator thick Chen”

So checks Canon “with Astrid Lindgren’s children’s book” Mr Karlsson from the roof “(1955) begins,” goes over to Charles M. Schulzs comic strips, the “Peanuts” (1950-2000) and ending with the late antique philosopher Hypatia. Each of its 100 recommended works check three to five pages – is dedicated to no striking brochure prose, but pointedly personal statements: You want to grab then immediately to the original work.

“At the beginning of new high German as a literary language of Luther’s translation of the Bible,” writes cheque in the Chapter on the Donald Duck artist Carl Barks (1901-2000). “At the beginning of my literary socialization is the Translation of Carl Barks’ duck stories by Dr. Erika Fuchs.” And he shows how Fox education language brought in the colorful pictures of stories.

Those early reading experiences are formative. They found it easier to input into the Canon? “Of course, attach themselves to some readings, memories such as sediments,” says check, “and so I take a Text by Arno Schmidt, I discovered very early for me, with different feelings and thoughts at Hand as a new book by Houellebecq.”

Nevertheless, an old factory is for the payment of a cheque, in principle, important. “Some of the texts find their audience in the presence and atone for the time enormous,” he says, and gives examples: “Think of the novels of Heinrich Böll, which seem to me today as dead as a doornail, or, in retrospect, almost incomprehensible time phenomena, such as Françoise Sagan’s “Bonjour tristesse”.” Sealing blame, as you know it from “fresh”.

Denis Scheck is a Lite-fright – who released a new book, afraid of the met, the judgment of the shrewd literary critic in his monthly TV show “fresh off the press” (The First one). As he dismissed in one of the first episodes in 2003, a previously by Elke Heidenreich (76) highly acclaimed book as “a confused medley of Schmonzette about self-determination, problems of old boxes”, countered this and described the cheque as “hysterical escalator thick” and “Tchibo-literature-representative”.

“Just food, not a literary already!”

check the man for the wholesome mass taste? By no means! He was oriented for his Canon of best-seller lists, even if he took “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling a high-Flyer in the selection. “On the bestseller list is, unfortunately, usually only the lowest common denominator of mass taste,” says check. “If you want to eat well, then you will not grab, but also one of the ten best-selling meals in Switzerland.” As expect a “completely indigestible Autobahnraststättenmampf” – and in the literature, this is no different than in the cuisine.

And the cheque remains with the culinary image, when he speaks about the mix in his Canon – fragile poetry of Gertrude Kolmar in addition to massive Tomes like “Ulysses” by James Joyce: “We are also able to enjoy the feather-light pike dumplings and regale us behind to a pot roast of venison.” As a reader, you should buy anyway a iron stomach “is not just not a literary diet!”

The Chef recommends – it takes in the Internet age, where everyone has access to almost every Text has and his literary menu can make? It needs a Canon? The question is not new, the ‘ 68 were you. “Instead of canonized works, there should be only texts without differences in status, standing side by side,” says check. “The consequence of this Barbarentums uncertainty and lack of orientation is today.”

As a guide, the power of their knowledge to try and already some critics and scribes. As the first of the modern Canon of world literature of the 1670’s he published a memoir on the origin of the novel, “Traité de l’origine of the novel”, the French Pierre Daniel Huet applies. With the formation of the European States in the 19th century. Century, then, every Nation in their literary Canon, the basis for teaching in the school.

Exactly this kind of nationalism you complained at the beginning of the 1980s, when the “time”library, the Canon of the Hamburg weekly newspaper with one of the 100 best books of world literature. Although international in scope, it lists “time”, namely German authors known abroad no one. “In addition, a single author,” says the cheque is in any of them just, “and, of all things, which I think is also pretty bad – Anna Seghers.”

No Swiss authors in “cheques the Canon,”

“The time” seems to have made this omission a little learned, and in 2018, has published a new Canon, whose works were still to 91 percent of men. In response, authors such as Sibylle Berg (57), and Margarete Stokowski (33) have published “The Canon” at “Spiegel Online” – female world literature, Anna Akhmatova Zürn to Unica. In “cheques the Canon” is, after all, written over a quarter of the listed works by women.

Female, and more – this is the view of the world literature from Denis Scheck, has also made a name as a Translator of English-language literature. “That’s why I decided with a heavy heart against the Swiss Frisch and dürrenmatt,” says check, “to be wide also to the Euro-centric view, and to create a place for authors, such as the Nigerians Chinua Achebe and the Japanese Sei Shonagon.”

And therefore, he criticizes the purely German-language Canon of Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920-2013), with the criticism of the Pope at the beginning of the Millennium caused a stir. Check: “When we were still living in the 19th century. Century, with its silly national philologies!”

Because every society and every era, new answers to the Canon need question, is now the time ripe for his Canon, is check convinced. “I can only make a suggestion,” he says modestly – adds but mischievous, that he wants to give his book as a Motto the title of a Poetry volume of Peter Rühmkorf: “Durable until 2099”.

Denis cheque, “cheque Canon – the 100 most important works of world literature from “war and peace” to “Tim and Struppi””, Piper publishing house