Read: 2010

*Julian Barnes – The Lemon Table
Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway
Michael Cunningham – The Hours
Virginia Woolf – A Writer’s Diary
Myra Davey – The Problem of Reading
Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse
Lewis Buzbee – The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
J. M. Coetzee – Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life
J. M. Coetzee – Youth: Scenes From a Provincial Life II
J. M. Coetzee – Summertime
Aldo Buzzi – A Weakness for Almost Everything
Patrick Leigh Fermor – A Time to Keep Silence
Michael Dirda – Readings
Cyril Connolly – The Unquiet Grave – A Word Cycle by Palinurus
Yin Li – The Vagrants
Virginia Woolf – The Waves
Rick Gekoski – Tolkien’s Gown
Alberto Manguel – A Reader on Reading
Anne Michaels – Fugitive Pieces
David Shields – Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
Zadie Smith – Changing My Mind
Franz Kafka – Letter to my Father (trans. Howard Colyer)
Louis Begley – Kafka: The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head
Franz Kafka – The Trial
David Shields –The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead
Adam Thirlwell – Politics
David Foster Wallace – This is Water
Tom McCarthy – Remainder
Penelope Fitzgerald – The Blue Flower
John Williams – Stoner
Michael Alexander (trans.) – The First Poems in English
Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable – A History of the English Language (sections I, II, III)
Robert D. Richardson – First We Read, Then we Write: Emerson on the Creative Process
Seamus Heaney – Beowulf
^Jorge Luis Borges – ‘Death and the Compass,’ *’The South,’ ‘The Dead Man,’ *’Funes, The Memories’
Aristotle – Poetics
Philip Larkin – Collected Poems
^Umberto Eco – ‘The Poetics and Us,’ ‘Borges and My Anxiety of Influence.’
Edith Grossman – Why Translation Matters
Cervantes – Don Quixote (trans. Edith Grossman)
^*Jorge Luis Borges – The Library of Babel
Stevie Smith – Selected Poems
Leonard Woolf – Growing: an Autobiography of the Years 1904 to 1911
Vladimir Nabokov – Despair
David Pierce – Reading Joyce
*James Joyce – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce – Ulysses
Declan Kiberd – Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living
Jean-Patrick Machete – Three to Kill
Honoré de Balzac – Treatise on Elegant Living
Sarah Hall – How to Paint a Dead Man
James Joyce – Dubliners
Louis Begley – Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters
Gabriel Josipovici – The Singer on the Shore
Gabriel Josipovici – What Ever Happened to Modernism?
Virginia Woolf – The Common Reader Vol.1
*Franz Kafka – Dearest Father (trans. Hannah and Richard Stokes)
^Maurice Blanchot – Orpheus’ Gaze
Gabriel Josipovici – The Lessons of Modernism
Gabriel Josipovici – Touch
Dag Solstad – Shyness and Dignity
Dag Solstad – Novel 11, Book 18
Gabriel Josipovici – Writing and the Body
^Edgar Allan Poe – The Pit and the Pendulum
*Franz Kafka – The Castle
Simon Critchley – Continental Philosophy – A Very Short Introduction
Andrei Codrescu – The Poetry Lesson
Saul Bellow – Dangling Man
*Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary (trans. Lydia Davis)
Hugh Kenner – Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians
Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Saul Bellow – The Victim
Marguerite Duras – The Malady of Death
Ričardas Gavelis – Vilnius Poker
Max Brod – Franz Kafka: A Biography

2 thoughts on “Read: 2010

  1. Hello. Good evening.

    I just discovered your marvellous blog after reading The Brooknerian. What a reservoir of knowledge and literary appreciation in here! I cannot help but marvel at your impeccable choice of writers and your literary taste. Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? is somewhat harsh on the English writers but perhaps, it could be counter-balanced with John Carey’s The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880–1939?

    The novelist, Sybille Bedford once said that Cyril Connolly’s The Unquiet Grave – A Word Cycle by Palinurus was her all time favourite book. I also keep this book by Connolly on my bedside table along with Logan Pearsall Smith’s ‘Afterthoughts’ and ‘The Note-Books of Samuel Butler’ edited by Henry Festing Jones. There is nothing better than reading a book such as these for its wit, its warmth, and for its sound advice before drifting into sleep.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I’m pleased that you enjoy my blog. Thank you for the kind words and taking time to comment.

      It’s some time since I read Connolly’s book but I remember liking it a fair bit.


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