20 favourite works

  1. 20. Women and Men - Joseph Mcelroy
  2. 19. The Decline of the West - Oswald Spengler
  3. 18. Inner Experience - Georges Bataille
  4. 17. Apology - Tertullian
  5. 16. Introduction to the Reading of Hegel - Alexandre Kojeve
  6. 15. Sartor Resartus - Thomas Carlyle
  7. 14. The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living/The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying - Jeremy Taylor
  8. 13. Correction - Thomas Bernhard
  9. 12. History of Madness - Michel Foucault
  10. 11. The Divine Names - Pseudo-Dionysus
  11. 10. The Complete Stories of Kafka
  12. 9. The Space of Literature - Maurice Blanchot
  13. 8. Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
  14. 7. Philosophical Investigations - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  15. 6. On the Perfect State - Al-Farabi
  16. 5. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  17. 4. Biographia Literaria - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  18. 3. The Recognitions - William Gaddis
  19. 2. The Arcades Project - Walter Benjamin
  20. 1. Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or a Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk/The Garden of Cyrus - Sir Thomas Browne
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What a fine list! This selection is exquisite. I was surprised to find Madelstam, he is one of my ever favourite writers... Have you tried Andrej Belyj?

Thanks! Mandelstam really was a special writer, I enjoy his poetry as well but feel I'm missing alot more in the translation than with his prose. As for Belyj, I've only read Petersburg (which is on the list under the anglicized "Bely"), been meaning to read more.

This is a great list! I'm so happy to see someone else who likes The Lime Twig - that's my all-time favorite novel and I know of almost no one else who's ever read it. There are some intriguing titles here I need to check out.

It's quite the little novel isn't it? I've been really digging Hawkes lately, Second Skin and Blood Oranges 'specially. Just picked up Lunar Landscapes and mean to spend some time with it soon. Adding you on lj (I'm lj-returning), cool?

Lunar Landscapes and Blood Oranges are neat, I like the former a little more - a strangely bland, almost lobotomized style, from what I remember of it. I still need to look at Second Skin sometime.

Added you back.

Have you made it through The Arcades Project? I have never read Benjamin but am about to open him up via Baudelaire. He looks fascinating. Can you recommend any good secondary sources on Benjamin?

"Made it through" is a good way of putting it; it's not a book that you read in the traditional sense, but very rewarding in the end.

I started with the "Illuminations" collection, Hannah Arendt's intro to that text is excellent and it contains the "Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" which is probably his single most famous/influential essay.

Andrew Benjamin's (not related) writings are quite useful as well, and "Disenchantment of Art" is another great book, although that one presupposes a healthy amount of familiarity.

"Berlin Childhood" is exquisite, and very accessible, it'd be interesting to start with that one

Thanks I will check them out!

I must admit that, sadly, the Foucault is all I've read here, but I love your list!

I'm going to try to read everything on here, though I must admit that Apology and Holy Living/Holy Dying look a bit dry, haha.