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The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Given the magnificent structure of the work, and the quality of the poetry in Italian, I have to wonder if it’s worthwhile to read The Divine Comedy in translation…

The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain, much like Oblomov, is a dangerous book. What Mann does with this novel of little action that moves at a snail’s place is illustrate just how easily one’s life, one’s youth, one’s livelihood can slowly but surely slip away…

Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche

Beyond Good and Evil is a philosophical text, and a unique one. It’s uniqueness can only be appreciated if you’ve read every philosophical text written prior to Beyond Good and Evil, as well as the rest of Nietzsche’s work. I can proudly claim that I…haven’t read any of that. At all. Like, ever…

The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka

There’s been a backlash by literariacs everywhere, who turn up their noses at people who praise The Metamorphosis. Claiming to never have read The Metamorphosis is something they wear like a trophy. In fact, if you don’t roll your eyes if The Metamorphosis is mentioned around these people, they’ll take their lattés and go elsewhere…

The Neverending Story
Michael Ende

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of The Neverending Story, and have heard of it because of the movie. The movie, in its own way, is a classic of the fantasy film genre of the 1980s (whose king, of course, is Labyrinth), and is quite enjoyable, but it differs in a couple key ways…

Virginia Woolf

Orlando: A Biography (and I’ve left it’s secondary title in there since it was evidently important to the author) is a new style of biography. Woolf takes as her subject the character Orlando, and writes a kind of biography the world had never seen up to that point…

Dictionary of the Khazars
Milorad Pavić

There exists a legendary account about the Khazars conversion to Judaism (actually several legendary accounts) that runs approximately as follows: the ruler of the Khazars, the kaghan, decided that in order to become a modern nation, he and his people needed to adopt one of the major monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism or Islam (previously the nation had been pagan). And so he sent for a Christian, Jewish and Islamic scholar, asking them each to plead their case…

Chronicle in Stone
Ismail Kadare

The last six decades have supplied us with innumerable stories of the second World War from France, Germany, Japan, the US, Italy, North Africa, China—but Albania? Who outside of Albania even knew they were in it! As such, Chronicle in Stone fills a void, and is a worthy addition to the rich literary landscape of World War II…

Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons
Rose Estes

If you’re like me, you hear the name “Rose Estes” and wonder, “Who?” It amazes me, to be honest, that someone like Estes could have been so thoroughly forgotten by the pages of history while second-rate authors like Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Ernest Hemingway remain in the public consciousness…

As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner

Faulkner is the kind of writer that was so good at…well, writing, that he has the ability to adopt many personas and writing styles. Usually, he sticks to one for a given story or novel. In As I Lay Dying, he does it all