Considering /lit/ discusses the same 20 novels over and over, you dont quite have to delve into scholarly quarterlies to get decent books that arent discussed here.
The last two years have been huge in contemporary /lit/, and no one talks about it
or has read them
Insatiability by Witkiewicz
Pornography by Gombrowicz
Autodafe by Canetti
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Saramago
Nazarin by Galdos
Lost Steps by Carpentier
The Moon and the Bonfires by Pavese
Les Faux-Monnayeurs by Gide
Hourglass by Kis
Moskat Family by Isaac
Literally (no meme-ing) one of the finest and most beautiful pieces of prose-poetry ever written. It is the finest example of how magical realism -should- be done and yet people still stroke off Murakami. Baricco is who Kundera secretly wants to be, and he writes achingly beautiful prose and something that makes you want to cry L I T E R A L L Y every 5 paragraphs. I defy -anyone- to name a book with more beautiful writing than this. (You can't -- sidenote, there's a reason it's rated so highly on GoodReads).
Seconded, completely underrated. Emmaus is also spectacular.
How similar you will say that is to the King in Yellow?
Also this one.
Got you a copy from what, it's in epub but you can use Calibre to make it any format you want.
Yeah it had a super limited release in the U.K called Lands of Glass, I got a copy and it's excellent -- not as good as Ocean Sea imo though. It was his first novel so it felt really ambitious.
Anyone know any other lyrical prose writers like Baricco besides Celine?
Anyone got any good depressing /lit/? Thinking along the lines of Stoner
Mrs. Bridge by Evan S.Connell
also Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Not the best prose in the world, but still a nice piece of historical fiction, especially if you like reading about serial killers. Also heard they're making a movie out of it with DiCaprio.
Anyone have any non-meme suggestions for good/underappreciated novels?
Uglier cover, but the superior translation. Why does /lit/ hate Pessoa?
Because he's a sullen fuck who says the same thing some 500 times.
It's because they relate too much, likely due to schizoid personality disorder.
Personally, I adored it, although it was quite repetitive.
Popular but I never see it talked about on /lit/
Lolita is good and all but this is the best thing vladdy nabz has ever written. (ada isn't good btw stop fooling yourselves)
IDK who that anon was talking about, but the biggest authors of the past few years are probably Knausgaard, Houellebecq, Ferrante (all of whom had major works of theirs published in English in the past few years) and maybe some others. Each of those authors has had several threads about them btw
ya I read those 3 and Extinction in the last month or so.
Maybe you can lend some insight on something that confused me in Correction. I've never seen anything like the phrase 'so [Roithamer]' (in all its many forms). I understood how it marked the things the narrator read as Roithamer's, but a more literal/grammatical (?) meaning eludes me.
The movie is probably more popular but I found it enjoyable.
can we get some more modern writers in here? pic related. (nothing wrong with the oldies though)
Outstanding book. Hilarious, incredibly sad, and profoundly moving. One of the few books that has had a very real and immediate effect on the way I live; reading it caused me to reevaluate my life. Everything else Ishiguro has written pales in comparison (An Artist of the Floating World is his next best book, and it's quite good, but it's nowhere near Remains of the Day; the rest of his works range from poor to mediocre).
Nice insecurity, m8. Accept that people don't find your purportedly incredibly obscure writer not very good. Maybe if you got better taste, or weren't insecure in your taste, you would not be as easily offended. Read more, schoolboy.
>Nice insecurity, m8. Accept that people don't find your purportedly incredibly obscure writer not very good. Maybe if you got better taste, or weren't insecure in your taste, you would not be as easily offended. Read more, schoolboy.
Nowhere in either of my posts did I write anything that would cause anyone to infer that I was either insecure or that I believe Gracq is incredibly obscure.
All I did was post that I thought Gracq had better prose and more beautiful writing and then when you disagreed I expressed suprise and posted that I doubted you had read the book because I found it surprising that someone could have read it and thought it was uninteresting or mediocre.
Nothing about any of that suggests insecurity and nowhere did I write or suggest that Gracq was obscure. Nothing I did even suggests that I was offended.
You really shouldn't try to be so aggressive when talking about books and carelessly throwing around insults at people for no reason because it just makes you look silly. I'm sorry if you are having a bad day for whatever reason but you don't need to try to take it out on random people on /lit/. I would recommend being less careless with your use of language.
Damn. Nice damage control.
>I doubt that you have read that book
lel topkek m8
> I found it surprising that someone could have read it and thought it was uninteresting or mediocre.
I doubt you've read his essay on Breton or Château d'Argol .
Book is still mediocre and you should be embarrassed for getting riled up about someone not liking it. Like I said, read more and you will find out that Gracq isn't that good.
>Damn. Nice damage control.
I'm not doing any sort of damage control as I haven't done anything wrong. I'm just surprised because everyone else I've talked to who has read it was really impressed and basically everything online I've seen describing him has praised his prose and in particular the prose in that book.
>you should be embarrassed for getting riled up
I'm not riled up at all, its just that I think you have lost sight of the fact that you are acting silly by trying to insult me and by accusing me of being insecure or upset merely for recommending a book you apparently dislike and then doubting you had read it.
>The tin drum by Gunther Grass
The multitude adventures and strange happenings combined with the odd themes and dizzying style make it a nice middle ground between the picaresques and the more off the wall artsy books. I like it quite a lot.
No offense, but the reason this isn't often discussed on /lit/ is probably because its seen as basic high-school literature or even middle-school literature on the same level as "The Giver".
It's fairly popular, but I never see anyone post about it.
I enjoyed this, but I thought the first half of the book could have been considerably shorter. It was an interesting thought experiment for sure, but I didn't need 120 to get "society would have a very very difficult time adapting to a world without death." Second half of the book was exceptional.
Have you read Blindness?
I loved Blindness, the ending was a bit underwhelming though. Really terrifying stuff. However, the message is a bit shoe-horned in near the end there with the blah blah society will collapse and we're all animals on the inside stuff
Little, Big by Crowley (may be spelling his name wrong).
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by some bitch whose name I eludes me.
Solaris, Stanislaus Lem
Silent Cry, by Kenzaburo Oe.
All of these novels are fantastic. I have never seen the first two on /lit/ and I have only rarely seen the second pair.
Look them up. They are all fairly different.
Silent Cry might make you consider suicide.
A lot of things are missing from /lit/. Generically, /lit/ is very narrow in what it reads: poetry and theatre are far too absent from discussion; this board seems to read 90% prose. But even within prose, one of the stranger things about /lit/ is that the 19th century British "staple" novel seems totally lacking -- I mean the George Eliots, Brontes, Austens, Dickenses, Hardys, etc. These writers are all probably too establishment for the /lit/, who prefer their Pynchon/DFW circlejerks, which appeal to their Americentric teenage sensibilities. Really, I'd love to see Austen discussed more on /lit/. Likewise, Henry James is seldom discussed, in spite of being one of the greatest novelists in the language.
also i don't see kraznahorkai get a lot of attention here either
Just wanted to say thanks to OP for the thread idea, a lot of good has come of it. Does anyone else have any book recs? I'll go ahead and post this -- widely known but not discussed that often.
If anyone has any other books that they don't feel get enough discussion please post
Newfriend: the post.
>Just wanted to say thanks to OP for the thread idea
It's a very common thread.
>Voyage au bout de la nuit -- widely known but not discussed that often.
One of /lit/'s favourite books.
>If anyone has any other books that they don't feel get enough discussion please post
Literally the point of the thread.
I dont know about the english translations, but pessoa is generally known at least in Spain for his poetry, which is great. He also has some interesting plays but i doubt these have been translated.
what book should I read if I am seeking to find redemptive value in evil? To explain more, I am expecting to experience political oppression, and potential systematic extermination in a concentration camp, within a year or so. I say this because my studies of environmental science, have informed me that Earth is actually undergoing the 6th mass extinction, and it is undergoing abrupt climate change. The head of Cambridge's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Peter Wadhams, has said that Arctic methane emissions, are so severe, that consequent absorption of solar radiation, will warm the interiors of large continents in a way that will inflict agricultural yield deficits.
Realistic group conflict theory states that in times of resource scarcity, human populations divide themselves into in-group, and out-group, and exterminate all out-group members to enable in-group members greater levels of consumption of scarce resources.
So I expect to be an out-group member. I am inspired by Saint Maximilian Kolbe's death in Auschwitz. I have just completed a short book written with the intention of decreasing as much fear as possible in as many readers as possible, to decrease the severity of impending extermination of out-group members. The book's main focus is on philosophy and spirituality. My journalist friend is currently giving it a proper editorial start.
So what book should I read in preparing for entering into the darkest of darkness, with my faith in, and love of God still intact? The book that I just wrote, was already all about that, but I'm looking for another example in fiction, something to base my life experience off.
The Radetzky March is one of the most readable, poignant and superb novels in twentieth-century-German; it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Doblin and Robert Musil' Harold Bloom
you can categorize him in any group you want, but it doesn't change the fact that he was an American author who wrote about European life from the perspective of an outsider. No one in the British canon could have experienced what he had and thus have written what he wrote.
Literally any fucking book other than the meme trilogy and books written by Nietzsche and Shopenhauer. Oh and some of Plato's dialogues.
Other authors are name dropped but no one actually discusses them.
You fucking contrarian faggot. The anarchist banker is an interesting short story but its prose is miles away from the book of disquiet. Don't be a portuguese shitposter. Please don't be. You're better than that.
if i think a book is dumb then it's better to actually not post it
>he hurt muh animes
>"y- y- you redditer! Nerd!"
Okay champ. Sick le reddit meme, you really got me in a bind here. I guess I'm gonna go back to /r/books and talk about Neil Gaiman for the next six hours.
Your cartoon child porn and Jap cartoons marketed towards 8 year olds is in >>>/a/ though, you won't find it here.
seconded. As well as the rest of the Bandini trilogy
and can i get a fuck yeah for the Updike novel that nobody reads (and instead waste their time reading the mediocre Rabbit trilogy)
I've been shitposting on this site for years. But the only "I'm offended and will dismiss your post by sucking my own cock" meme worse than the "le go back to le reddit" is the "you must be new :^)"
You're so insecure and bad at using shitty memes in their proper context that it's hurting me.
You realize this website is so large that these boards aren't just the little subforum branches for weebs to go waste their lives on, but they're actually their own entities and attract their own crowds outside of the website's 2003 audience, right?