Unwittingly I’ve been accumulating quite a stack of East European writers to read, so I plan to tackle the following during the first six months of this year. My eastward direction is perhaps a guilty reaction to my failure to head west to pursue my commitment to the Savage DetectivesGroup Read. I’m consumed with Krasznahorkai at present and don’t wish to read anything else for a few more weeks.
The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
War & War – László Krasznahorkai
Sátántango – László Krasznahorkai
Embers – Sándor Márai
Parallel Stories – Péter Nádas
Fiasco – Imre Kertész
Dukla – Andrzej Stasiuk
Memories of the Future – Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Theory of Prose – Viktor Shklovsky
The Book Of Hrabal– Péter Esterházy
The Foundation Pit – Andrei Platonov
Skylark – Dezső Kosztolányi
The Notebook / The Proof / The Third Lie – Ágota Kristóf
It is my favourite time of the year for book buying, when publishers release the highest volume of compelling books. Most of the books I buy during the year are older releases, filling gaps in my collection of the thirty or so writers I return to repeatedly (the ‘I Prefer’ list in my side-bar). Occasionally I am drawn in by a new writer on the scene (Teju Cole) or by newly translated writers. Here are some of the books I have pre-ordered and look forward to reading in the colder, darker months:
The second volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters covering the war years and the period when he wrote The Trilogy.
Impossible Objects – Interviews with the inspiring Simon Critchley, covering tragedy, poetry, humour and music.
1Q84 – The long-awaited Murakami which I won’t be reading until the noise has passed.