These are not reading resolutions. Writers promising literary gifts lead me astray too easily for these ideas to be fixed in any way.
This year I read widely covering fifty or so writers, concentrating my reading more deeply only twice on Houellebecq and Anne Carson’s work. In 2015 I’d like to read more deeply into the work of some of my favourite authors: alternative Dante and Homer translations, Ballard’s short stories, always more Beckett, John Berger, Thomas Bernhard, Roberto Calasso, more Anne Carson, Hélène Cixous, Coetzee, Simon Critchley, Jenny Diski, Dostoevsky, Marguerite Duras, Jenny Erpenbeck, Pierre Hadot, Peter Handke, Houellebecq’s new one if translated next year, Kafka’s short stories, Kierkegaard, László Krasznahorkai, Yiyun Li, Clarice Lispector, Robert Macfarlane, Tom McCarthy, Gerald Murnane, Nietzsche, Atiq Rahimi, WG Sebald, Susan Sontag, Christa Wolf and Virginia Woolf.
Beyond these ‘old chestnuts’ (as Beckett called his favourite authors) I’m looking forward to unexpected surprises within the pages of the following new books, either just published or due in 2015, by authors I have not read before:
- Eula Bliss – On Immunity: An Inoculation
- Alejandro Zambra – My Documents
- Rabih Alameddine – An Unnecessary Woman
- Ceridwen Dovey – Only the Animals
- Karin Wieland (trans. Shelley Frisch) – Dietrich & Riefenstahl: The dream of the new woman
- Colin Feltham – Keeping Ourselves in the Dark
- Anna Smaill – The Chimes
- Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith) – The Vegetarian
- Francisco Goldman – The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle
- David Winters – Infinite Fictions: Essays on Literature and Theory
There are several other writers whose older works I’d like to get around to exploring sometime soon including Jens Bjørneboe, Martin Shaw, Ivan Illich, Eva Hoffman, Ivan Goncharov, David Abram, Ágota Kristóf, Rebecca Solnit, Tomas Espedal and Elfriede Jelinek.
As always, distractions are greater than my ambition, but if I manage to take in a decent selection of the above I’m expecting a good year in reading. There are several other titles I have my eye on but I’m mindful of your patience and Molloy’s admission that ‘if you set out to mention everything you would never be done.’