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Dostoevsky - Notes from the underground 1864

NOVELS

RUSSIAN NOVELS

 

Fyodor DOSTOEVSKY - Notes from the Underground (1864) - Crime and Punishment (1866) - The Idiot (1868) - The Devils (1872) - The Brothers Karamazov (1880) - The Double - The Gambler (1866) - The House of the Dead (1862)

Nikolai GOGOL - Dead Souls (1842)

Leo TOLSTOY - Resurrection

Maxim GORKY - The Mother (1907) - Childhood (1913)

Ivan GONCHAROV - Oblomov (1859)

AGUEEV - Novel with Cocaine

ZAMYATIN - We (1922)


AMERICAN NOVELS

 

Jerzy KOSINSKI - Being There

Ernest HEMINGWAY - The Sun also Rises (1926)

John STEINBECK - Of Mice and Men (1937)

Jack KEROUAC - On the Road (1957)

Charles BUKOWSKI - Factotum - Women

John FANTE - Ask the Dust (1939) - My Dog Stupid - The Road to Los Angeles - The Orgy

Richard BRAUTIGAN - So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away (1982) - Sombrero Fall Out (1976) - Hawkline Monster - Dreaming of Babylon - Trout Fishing in America (1967) - A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964) - The Abortion (1971)

Henry MILLER - The Rosy Crucifixion: Sexus (1949) - Plexus (1952) - Nexus (1960) - Tropic of Cancer (1934) - Tropic of Capricorn (1939) - Henry MILLER - Quiet Days in Clichy

Carson McCULLERS - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) - Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) - Frankie Addams (1946)

Henry JAMES - The Turn of the Screw (1898)

Vladimir NABOKOV - Lolita (1958) - The Eye (Le guetteur) (1930) I translated it into French

PHILIP K. DICK - Radio Free Albemuth

Brett EASTON ELLIS - American Psycho - Less than Zero

J. D. SALINGER - The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

William BURROUGHS - Junkie (1953) - The Naked Lunch (1964)

Paul AUSTER - New York Trilogy

Hubert SELBY - Last Exit to Brooklyn

James ELLROY - Black Dahlia (1987) - Silent Terror

Louise ELDRICH - Love Medicine

Jim THOMPSON - The Hell of a Woman

Ed MCBAIN - Ten plus One


BRITISH NOVELS

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) | Oscar Wilde

Malcolm LOWRY- Under the Volcano (1947)

George ORWELL - 1984 (1949) - Animal Farm (1945)

Iris MURDOCH - The Black Prince

M.G. LEWIS - The Monk (1796)

Mary SHELLEY - Frankenstein (1818)

Robert Louis STEVENSON - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekill and Mr. Hyde (1886)

Lewis CARROLL - Alice in Wonderland (1865)

Anthony BURGESS - Clockwork Orange (1962)


GERMAN NOVELS

 

Thomas BERNHARD


* Correction (1979)
* Concrete (1984)
* Cutting Timber: An Irritation (1985)
* Wittgenstein's Nephew (1988)
* The Cheap-Eaters (1990)
* The Loser (1991)
* Yes (1991)
* Extinction (1995)

Franz KAFKA - The Trial (1925) - The Castle (1926) - America

Herman HESSE - Demian (1919) - The Steppenwolf (1927) - Siddhartha (1922) - Knulp

Patrick SÜSKIND - The Perfume (1985)

Fritz ZORN - Mars (1977)


FRENCH NOVELS

 

Albert CAMUS - The Stranger (1942) - The Fall (1956)

Samuel BECKETT - Molloy (1951) - Malone dies (1951) - Premier amour (First Love)

Louis CALAFERTE - Septentrion (1963) - La Mécanique des Femmes (1992)

SAINT-EXUPERY - Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) (1943)

Denis DIDEROT - Rameau's Nephew (1805)

Guy de MAUPASSANT - Pierre et Jean (1888)

Michel HOUELLEBECQ - Extension du domaine de la lutte (Whatever) (1994) - Les Particules Elementaires (1998) - Plateforme

Lydie SALVAYRE - The Power of Flies

Georges PEREC - The Man Who Sleeps

Louis-Ferdinand CELINE - Journey to the End of the Night (1932)

Joris-Karl HUYSMANS - A rebours (1884)

Benjamin CONSTANT - Adolphe (1816)

Charles JULIET - Lambeaux


JAPANESE NOVELS

 

Yukio MISHIMA - The Sound of Waves (1953) - The Golden Pavillon

Yasunari KAWABATA - Snow Country (1948)

Natsume SOSEKI - I am a Cat (1905)


HISPANIC NOVELS

 

Guillermo ROSALES - Boarding Home

Miguel de CERVANTES - Don Quixote (1605)


SCANDINAVIAN NOVELS

 

Knut HAMSUN - Hunger (1890) - Mysteries (1892)

Soren KIERKEGAARD - The Seducer's Diary (1845)

Pär LAGERKVIST - The Dwarf (1944)


TALES & SHORT STORIES

"Life is but a walking Shadow, a poor Player That struts and frets his Hour upon the Stage, And then is heard no more;
It is a tall Tale, Told by an Idiot, full of Sound and Fury, Signifying nothing." MacBeth - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Fyodor DOSTOEVSKY - The Dream of a Ridiculous Man - White Nights (1847-1848)

Anton CHEKHOV - The Lady with the Dog - Room N°6s

Nikolai GOGOL - The Overcoat (1841) - The Nose (1835) - Diary of a Madman (1835)

Leo TOLSTOY - The Death of Ivan Ilitch (1886) - Kreutzer Sonata (1889) - Master and Servant (1895) - The Forged Coupon

Leonid ANDREEV - The Thought

Herman MELVILLE - Bartleby (1853)

Henry JAMES - The Beast in the Jungle

Denis JOHNSON - Jesus' Son (story collection)

Haruki MURAKAMI - Stories after the quake (story collection)

Yukio MISHIMA - Death in Midsummer

Franz KAFKA - The Metamorphosis - In the Penal Colony - The Verdict - The Burrow

Guy de MAUPASSANT - Le Horla

Jean-Paul SARTRE - The Wall - Erostrate (Erostratus)

VOLTAIRE - Candide (1761) - Micromégas (1752)

Gustave FLAUBERT - Un coeur simple (in French)

Edgar Allan POE - Eleonora (I translated it in French) - Ligeia - The Gold Bug - The Black Cat - The Purloined Letter

FITZGERALD - The Crack-Up

Charles BUKOWSKI - Tales of Ordinary Madness (story collection) - The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

John CHEEVER - The Swimmer

All short stories by Raymond CARVER

Richard BRAUTIGAN - Revenge of the Lawn (story collection) (1971) - The Tokyo-Montana Express (story collection) (1981)

LOVECRAFT - The Night Ocean

Julio CORTAZAR - Axolotl

Sherwood ANDERSON - Winesburg, Ohio - Nobody Knows (I translated it in French)

Katherine MANSFIELD - Feuille d'Album (I translated it in French)

Sherman ALEXIE - The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (I translated it in French)

Akira YOSHIMURA - La jeune fille suppliciée sur une étagère - Le sourire des pierres

Jorge Luis BORGES - Fictions (1944)

Hans Christian ANDERSEN - Tales

The Grimm Brothers - Household Tales

Oscar WILDE - Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1887)

E.T.A HOFFMANN - The Sandman (1817)

Emile ZOLA- The Death of Olivier Becaille (1884)

Stefan ZWEIG - Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman (1929)

Victor HUGO - Last Day Of A Condemned Man

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PHILOSOPHY

 

Friedrich NIETZSCHE - Ecce Homo - Thus Spake Zarathustra (The Ugliest Man) - Beyond Good & Evil (1887) - Birth of Tragedy (1872)

HERACLITUS - Fragments

Albert CAMUS - The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)

Blaise PASCAL - Thoughts (1670)

MARCUS AURELIUS - Thoughts

Aldous HUXLEY - The Doors of Perception (1956)

JOCHO YAMAMOTO - Hagakure


ESSAYS

Robert BURTON (1577-1640) - Anatomy of Melancholy 1621

Antonin ARTAUD - Van Gogh, le suicidé de la société (1947)

Henry MILLER - The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder (1948)

Robert Louis STEVENSON - Apology of Idlers


POETRY

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry. Charles Baudelaire

William BLAKE - Proverbs of Hell - Songs of Innocence (1789) - Songs of Experience (1794) - Mariage of Heaven and Hell (1790-1793)

Edgar Allan POE - Annabel Lee - Alone

Antonin ARTAUD - Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu (1947)

Arthur RIMBAUD - Season in Hell (1873)

Charles BAUDELAIRE - Flowers of Evil (1857)

LAUTREAMONT - Songs of Maldoror (1869)

Guillaume APOLLINAIRE - Alcools (1913)

Rainer Maria RILKE - Book of Poverty and Death

Fernando PESSOA - The Book of Disquiet

Georg TRAKL (German expressionnist poet)

Gotttfried BENN (German expressionnist poet) - Morgue (1912)

Federico GARCIA LORCA - Poema del cante jondo (1923-1927) - Romancero gitano (1928)

Charles JULIET


THEATER

 

Samuel BECKETT - Waiting for Godot (1953) - End of Game (1957) - Krapp's Last Tape (1959)

William SHAKESPEARE - Hamlet (1603) - Othello (1622) - Macbeth (1606)

SOPHOCLES - Antigone 442 B.C. - Oedipus the King 430 B.C.

GOETHE - Faust (1773)

Albert CAMUS - Caligula (1941)

Jean-Paul SARTRE - No Exit (1944)

Jules ROMAINS - Knock (1923)

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