2012: 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]

László Krasznahorkai: The Melancholy of Resistance (trans. George Szirtes)
Simon Critchley: Impossible Objects: Interviews
László Krasznahorkai: War and War (trans. George Szirtes)
Stephanie Staal: Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life
Dubravka Ugresic: Karaoke Culture (trans. David Williams)
Geoff Dyer: Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
JM Coetzee: Dusklands
Alex Rosenberg: The Atheist’s Guide to Reality
The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings (trans. B. Inwood/L. Gerson)
Tony Judt (with Timothy Snyder): Thinking the Twentieth Century
^Patrick Rhone: Enough
*Joseph Heller: Something Happened
*Roger Deakin: Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
Robert Scholes: The Crafty Reader
Susan Sontag: Diaries 1964-1980 As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh
Roland Barthes: Roland Barthes
Helen DeWitt: Lightning Rods
Robert Sokolowski: Introduction to Phenomenology
Mahmoud Darwish: Memory For Forgetfulness (trans. Ibrahim Muhawi)
Al Alvarez: The Writer’s Voice
Michael Howard: Liberation or Catastrophe
Elias Canetti: Party in the Blitz (trans. Michael Hofmann)
Richard Lloyd Parry: People Who Eat Darkness
^Poems from Zbigniew Herbert: The Collected Poems (trans. Alissa Valles)
Ray Monk: How to Read Wittgenstein
Robert MacFarlane: The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
John Banville: The Infinities
Elif Batuman: The Possessed
Jackie Bowring: A Field Guide to Melancholy
Anna Banti: Artemisia
Mark Dery: I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
Carl Cederström and Peter Fleming: Dead Man Working
Anne Carson: Antigonick
Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism
Cormac McCarthy: The Road
Franz Kafka: The Zürau Aphorisms (trans. Michael Hofmann)
Lars Svendsen: A Philosophy of Boredom (trans. John Irons)
Fredric Jameson: Postmodernism Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
Immanuel Wallerstein: Historical Capitalism
JM Coetzee: In the Heart of the Country
Gabriel Josipovici: Infinity: The Story of a Moment
Mahmoud Darwish: Journal of an Ordinary Grief (trans. Ibrahim Muhawi)
Theodor Adorno: Minima Moralia: Reflections from a Damaged Life (trans. EFN Jephcott)
Pascal Quignard: The Roving Shadows (trans. Chris Turner)
Alex Stein: The Artist as Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi
^JG Ballard: Prima Belladonna
Enrique Vila-Matas: Never Any End to Paris (trans. Anne McLean)
Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle: An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory
Andrew Solomon: The Noonday Demon – An Anatomy of Depression
*^Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis (trans. Stanley Corngold)
^Nina Pelikan Straus: Transforming Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
^Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber
Clarice Lispector: Água Viva (trans. Stefan Tobler)
Mary Ruefle: Madness, Rack, and Honey
^Angela Carter: The Snow Child
^Mary Kaiser: Fairy Tale as Sexual Allegory
Christine Schutt: Prosperous Friends
Kate Zambreno: Heroines
Henry James: The Turn of the Screw
Hélène Cixous: Encounters: Conversations on Life and Writing
Hélène Cixous: White Ink: Interviews on Sex, Text and Politics
*F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Susannah Clapp: A Card From Angela Carter
Elfriede Jelinek: Her Not All Her (trans. Damion Searls)
Dodie Bellamy: Barf Manifesto
Brian Dillon: I Am Sitting in a Room
Friedrich Nietzsche: Ecce Homo (trans.Anthony M. Ludovici)
Chris Kraus: I Love Dick

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