Thursday, 4 August 2016

25 Books to Read Before You Die World Edition

A rather fascinating list of adult world Literature from Powells in America. I wonder why there are two from Italy and two from Japan. Rather disappointing to not see a title from Australia. Perhaps we're not off the beaten track enough?

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Japan

Voices From Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon - Jorge Amado, Brazil

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, Russia

Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino, Italy

Love in a Fallen City - Eileen Chang, China

Life and Times of Michael K - J.M. Coetzee, South Africa

Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar, Argentina

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante, Italy

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone - Eduardo Galeano, Uruguay

Too Loud a Solitude - Bohumil Hrabal, Czech Republic

The Bone People - Keri Hulme, New Zealand

The Summer Book - Tove Jansson, Finland (see my review)

Annie John - Jamaica Kincaid, Antigua

Independent People - Halldór Laxness, Iceland

Near to the Wild Heart - Clarice Lispector, Brazil

A Heart So White - Javier Marías, Spain

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry, India

Cities of Salt - Abdelrahman Munif, Saudi Arabia

A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami, Japan

Life: A User's Manual - Georges Perec, France

Blindness - José Saramago, Portugal

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories - Bruno Schulz, Poland

The Rings of Saturn - W.G Sebald, Germany


Well, that's better than I would have expected. I remember Blindness quite vividly even though it's been some years since I read it. I didn't really like The Summer Book and am rather surprised to see it in this list. 

I've been meaning to read the Georges Perec for some time, and even bought a copy last year. I have meant to read a few other books on this list and would especially like to try My Brilliant Friend one day to see what all the fuss is about.


I'm Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Ridiculous. No Australia? Just ridiculous.

Sue Bursztynski said...

I've heard of a few of them, read none. My adult reading tends to be genre fiction of one kind or another and some non fiction. I did hear about Elena Ferrante at a writer's festival recently. Apparently, it's a pen name; nobody actually know who she is or has ever seen her in person and she answers questions by email only. In fact, there's one theory that "she" might be a "he"!