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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Seminal novels that the author could have retired on (part 1)

The logic of this post is to list some novels that the author could have published and that'd have been enough to set them up as major in the writing history, even if they do have lots of other great works. Like Cervantes with Don Quixote . I'm going with books published after 1950. Some of these will probably be the only good book the author really did (like  Catch 22).

In no particular order:



10. The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel )- 1959- Germany - German by Günter Grass



9. One Hundred Years of Solitude ( Cien años de soledad) - 1967- Colombia- Spanish by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 



8. Midnight's Children -1981- United Kingdom - English by  Salman Rushdie



7.  On the Road - 1957 - United States of America- English by Jack Kerouac 



6. Catch-22 -1961- United States of America- English by Joseph Heller



5. Lord of the Flies - 1954- United Kingdom- English  by  William Golding



4. Beloved - 1987- United States of America - English by Toni Morisson



3. Things Fall Apart - 1958 - Nigeria - English by Chinua Achebe



2. Invisible Man - 1952 - United States of America- English by Ralph Ellison



1. Lolita - 1955- France- English by Vladimir Nabokov


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Seminal novels that the author could have retired on (part 2)

The logic of this post is to list some novels that the author could have published and that'd have been enough to set them up as major in the writing history, even if they do have lots of other great works. Like Cervantes with Don Quixote . I'm going with books published after 1950. Some of these will probably be the only good book the author really did (like  Catch 22).

In no particular order:


20.  The Catcher in the Rye -1951 - United States of America - English by J.D. Salinger



19. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or  : how violence develops and where it can lead (Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann)- 1974- Germany - German by Heinrich Böll 



18. The Master and Margarita - 1967 - Soviet Union - Russian by Mikhail Bulgakov




















17. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death - 1969- United States of America- English by Kurt Vonnegut 



16. The General of the Dead Army (Gjenerali i Ushtrisë së vdekur) - 1963 - Albania - Albanian by Ismail Kadare



15.  Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West - 1985 - United States of America- English by Cormac McCarthy



14. Sophie's Choice - 1979- United States of America-English by William Styron



13. The Famished Road - 1991 - United Kingdom/Nigeria- English by Ben Okri



12.  The English Patient - 1992 - Canada/ Sri Lanka -English by Michael Ondaatje



11. Infinite Jest -1996- United States of America - English by David Foster Wallace