A bookish Christmas for me, receiving the annotated version of Some Do Not... and No More Parades. The wife, she notices.
These are the books staring at me from various places around the house, although I’m sure I’m missing some. I will try to focus on these in the early part of 2013. In fact I think I need to make a resolution…something along the lines of reading three of these for every book I buy. The problem, as I have found, comes from discovering new books or authors (especially from book blogs) and wanting to investigate. You’ll notice that a couple of books on the list are from recent reviews of book bloggers. Others listed are extensions of authors I enjoyed. And then there’s Galdós. Anyway, I put this out there in case anyone would like to read along on anything in particular—just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to coordinate with your schedule.
The project for the year will be Martin du Gard’s sprawling series. Maybe if I take a section of it a month I’ll actually make it. Anyway, here I go with the stacks…
Books started or already read (and in need of a post):
Marginalia on Casanova: St. Orpheus Breviary by Miklós Szentkuthy
Raised from the Ground by José Saramago
In the stacks to be read:
The Thibaults by Roger Martin du Gard (France)
Summer 1914 by Roger Martin du Gard (France)
Pharaoh by Bolesław Prus (Poland)
The Tale of the 1002nd Night by Joseph Roth (Rothsville)
The Coming Spring by Stefan Żeromski (Poland)
Ashes by Stefan Żeromski (Poland)
Stone upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski (Poland)
The Fallen by Juan Marsé (Spain)
The King Amaz’d: A Chronicle by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (Spain)
The Moral Tales by Leopoldo Alas (Spain)
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (USSR)
Revulsion by Laszlo Nemeth (Hungary)
Relations by Zsigmond Moricz (Hungary)
Fateless by Imre Kertesz (Hungary)
Portraits of a Marriage by Sándor Márai (Hungary)
The Transylvanian Trilogy by Miklós Bánffy (They Were Counted, They Were Found Wanting, and They Were Divided)
The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis (Greece)
Benito Pérez Galdós (Spain):
The Golden Fountain
Harlequin's Millions by Bohumil Hrabal
The Bridge Over the Neroch: And Other Works by Leonid Tsypkin
I have a lot of nonfiction which I won’t list, but one that’s important to me to read soon is The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika. The other one I want to post on is Carl Kaeppel’s Off the Beaten Track in the Classics, which I think I’ve mentioned in an earlier post. Maybe an essay a month from him, too.
OK, I’m on record now.