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🦋 Reading List

And, well: here are the books I want to read in 2010. Many of these are left over from 2009's list... The deal is the same as before, I'll be adding to this list as the year goes along; if you have any suggestions for me, please leave them in the comments.

(Actually the list is now books I plan to be reading in 2011. For the books that were on this list that I read in 2010 and removed from the list, see A Year of Reading.)

The List

Novels and stories

  • The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
  • City of God by Paolo Lins
  • The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk, in Güneli Gün's translation.
  • 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • The Promised Land by Karel Shoeman
  • Die Blendung by Elias Canetti
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
  • The Fat Man and Infinity by António Lobo Antunes
  • A Wild Ride Through the Night by Walter Moers
  • The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar
  • Shining at the Bottom of the Sea by Stephen Marche
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  • Dusklands by J.M. Coetzee
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig
  • Casi un Objeto by José Saramago
  • Sobre heroes y tumbas by Ernesto Sábato
  • Temple of the Iconoclasts by J.R. Wilcock
  • El desierto by Carlos Franz
  • Where Once Was Paradise by Carlos Franz
  • The Art of Resurrection by Hernán Rivera Letelier
  • Santa María de las flores negras by HRL
  • How it is by Beckett
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale


  • Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
  • Borges in/and/on Film by J.L. Borges
  • Cuadernos de Lanzarote by José Saramago
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  • The Hunter Gracchus by Guy Davenport
  • Stranger Shores by J.M. Coetzee
  • Reality Hunger: a manifesto by David Shields
  • Space, Time, and Motion: A Philosophical Introduction by Wesley C. Salmon
  • From the Ashen Land of the Virgin by Raul Gálvez
  • Returning to Iran by Sima Nahan
  • Salt in the Sand: Memory, Violence, and the Nation by Lessie Jo Frazier
  • Desert Memories by Ariel Dorfman
  • Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness by various authors, ed. Marcel Kuijsten
  • The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Nørretranders
  • Of Two Minds: Poets who hear voices by Judith Weisman
  • Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson


  • Paradise Lost by Milton (or, well, probably not actually.)
  • Works and Days by Hesiod
  • Theogony by Hesiod
  • Martín Fierro by José Hernández
  • Altazor by Vicente Huidobro
  • Spring and All by William Carlos Williams

posted evening of Thursday, December 31st, 2009
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i'm working my way through 2666. good so far. only 700 or so pages in, so i'm still waiting to see what the plot turns out to be :)

b.t.w. :

Robyn borrowed his guitar....

posted afternoon of January 5th, 2010 by cleek

(and by 'his' i mean 'the guy who posted the pic', not Bolaño)

posted afternoon of January 5th, 2010 by cleek

Understood :) -- it is a delightful pic alright.

posted afternoon of January 5th, 2010 by Jeremy

I wouldn't say Death in the Andes is one of Vargas Llosa best books. However, being rather short, it may be a good starting point for you if you haven't read him before, as most of his trademarks are all there.

Good luck with your readings!

posted evening of January 6th, 2010 by Jorge López

Thanks -- I got interested in Vargas Llosa by reading an essay Pamuk wrote about Death in the Andes -- so I figured I would start with that one.

posted evening of January 6th, 2010 by Jeremy

Independent People by Halldór Laxness and possibly The Growth of the Soil or Hunger by Knut Hamsun

posted evening of January second, 2011 by Jeremy

Dialogos Borges-Sabato by Orlando Barone

posted afternoon of May 10th, 2011 by Jeremy

Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje. Casi nunca, Daniel Sada.

posted evening of April 13th, 2012 by Jeremy


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