2011: Books Read

Here’s a list of the books or shorter works that I’ve read in full this year. Inevitably I forget to list a lot of the shorter nonfiction I read, PDFs and whatnot, and tend not to list poetry unless I’ve been, rarely, compelled to read a collection from cover to cover. A longer list could be compiled of the books I abandon, either in the first few pages if it is not remotely to my taste, or more often after 40-50 pages when I’ve at least given it a good shot. I also have a shelf of books that I reread frequently, just a page or two, call them comfort reading.

[* Reread]
[^ Short Story or Short Non-Fiction]

Franz Kafka – Diaries 1910-1923 (trans. Joseph Kresh and Martin Greenberg)
Marguerite Duras – The Lover (trans. Barbara Bray)
Jacques Bonnet – Phantoms on the Bookshelves (trans. Sian Reynolds)
Marguerite Duras – Moderato Cantabile (trans. Richard Seaver)
James Hawes – Excavating Kafka
^Edgar Allan Poe – The Cask of Amontillado
Sean Manning – Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book
Gerald Murnane – Barley Patch
Simone de Beauvoir – Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (trans. James Kirkup)
Simone de Beauvoir – Diary of a Philosophy Student Vol. 1, 1926-7 (trans. Barbara Klaw)
André Gide – Strait is the Gate (trans. Dorothy Bussy)
Simone de Beauvoir – The Prime of Life (trans. Peter Green)
Stephen Fry – Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying
Herman Melville – Bartleby the Scrivener
Bernard-Henri Lévy – Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century
Stendhal – The Charterhouse of Parma (trans. C. K. Scott Moncrieff)
Umberto Eco – Confessions of a Young Novelist
Paul Glennon – The Dodecahedron or A Frame for Frames
Geoff Dyer – Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
Geoff Dyer – Working the Room
Geoff Dyer – Paris, Trance
Geoff Dyer – Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Rebecca West – The Essential Rebecca West
John Berger – Bento’s Sketchbook
Margaret Atwood – The Penelopiad
Richard Wollheim – Art and Its Objects
Masha Tupitsyn – Laconia: 1,200 Tweets on Film
John Berger – From A to X: A Story in Letters
Elaine Scarry – On Beauty and Being Just
Geoff Dyer – The Missing of the Somme
Peter Handke – The Weight of the World (trans. Ralph Manheim)
Peter Handke – Across (trans. Ralph Manheim)
Jaron Lanier – You Are Not A Gadget
Warwick Cairns – In Praise of Savagery
David L. Ulin – The Lost Art of Reading
Aiskhylos/Sophokles/Euripedes – An Oresteia (trans. Anne Carson)
Lars Iyer – Spurious
Peter Stamm – Seven Years (trans. Michael Hofmann)
Vyacheslav Pyetsukh – The New Moscow Philosophy (trans. Krystyna Anna Steiger)
Robert Scholes – Paradoxy of Modernism
A. L. Barker – A Source of Embarrassment
Robert Walser – Jakob Von Gunten (trans. Christopher Middleton)
J. M. Ledgard – Submergence
Herman Melville – Benito Cereno
Ivan Turgenev – First Love (trans. Constance Garnett)
Mark Twain – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
Joseph Conrad – The Duel
*Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
Anton Chekhov – My Life (trans. Constance Garnett)
Samuel Johnson – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia
Sholem Aleichem – Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance (trans. Hannah Berman)
Leo Tolstoy – The Devil (trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude)
Kate Chopin – The Awakening
Leo Tolstoy – The Death of Ivan Ilych (trans. Ian Dreiblatt)
Italo Svevo – The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl (trans. L. Collison-Morley)
Christopher Morley – Parnassus on Wheels
Reiner Stach – Kafka: The Decisive Years (trans. Shelley Frisch)
J. M. Coetzee – Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
Samuel Beckett – Mercier and Camier
Susan Sontag – Under the Sign of Saturn
Simon Glendinning – Derrida: A Very Short Introduction
Samuel Beckett – Molloy
Samuel Beckett – Malone Dies
Samuel Beckett – The Unnamable
Tom McCarthy – Tintin and the Secret of Literature
J. M. Coetzee – Stranger Shores: Literary Essays 1986-1999
Teju Cole – Open City
Annie Dillard – Living by Fiction
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – Elective Affinities (trans. David Constantine)
Friedrich Dürrenmatt – The Judge and the Hangman (trans. Joel Agee)
Jenny Erpenbeck – Visitation (trans. Susan Bernofsky)
Thomas Bernhard – Old Masters (trans. Ewald Osers)
^Heinrich Von Kleist – Betrothal in San Domingo (trans. David Constantine)
Michael Levenson – Modernism
Henrik Ibsen – A Doll House
Nadine Gordimer – The Pickup
Helen Small – The Long Life
César Aira – How I Became a Nun (trans. Chris Andrews)

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