Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fiction for Everyone!

I can't talk about the Election, the insanity, and the potential horror the United States is going to unleash on the world. So here's a goofy little project I did the past day or two:

100 Works of Fiction You Should Read*

Ancient Literature

Epic of Gilgamesh (Trans. Herbert Mason)
Iliad - Homer
Odyssey - Homer
Poetic Fragments - Sappho
Oresteia - Aeschylus
Philoctetes - Sophocles
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
Antigone - Sophocles
Medea - Euripides
Hippolytus - Euripides
Bacchae - Euripides
Lysistrata - Aristophanes
Clouds - Aristophanes
Metamorphoses - Ovid
Odes - Horace
Aeneid - Virgil
The Classic of Poetry
Ramayana - Valmiki
Mahabharata - Vyasa
Buddhacarita - Asvaghosa

Medieval Literature

Poems - Tao Yuanming
Recognition of Shakuntala - Kalidasa
Meghadutta - Kalidasa
Poems - Li Bai
Poems - Du Fu
Poems - Wang Wei
Njal's Saga
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Tale of the Heike
Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu
Rubaiyat - Omar Khayyam
1,001 Arabian Nights
The Orchard - Saadi Shirazi
Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio
Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
Journey to the West - Wu Cheng'en
Water Margin - Shi Nai'an
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Luo Guanzhong

Early Modern Literature

Gargantua and Pantagruel - Rabelais
Poems - John Donne
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
King Lear - William Shakespeare
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
Sonnets - William Shakespeare
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Life is a Dream - Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Haiku - Matsuo Basho
Phedre - Racine
Misanthrope - Moliere
Candide - Voltaire
Fables - La Fontaine
Dream of the Red Chamber - Cao Xueqin
Two-Part Prelude - William Wordsworth (1799)

Nineteenth Century Literature

Faust - Goethe
Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen
Frankenstein - Mary Shelly
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman (1855 edition)
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Red and the Black - Stendhal
Old Goriot - Balzac
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Short Stories - Edgar Allan Poe
The Nose and The Overcoat - Nikolai Gogol
The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Les Fleurs du Mal - Charles Baudelaire
A Season in Hell - Arthur Rimbaud
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
Spring Awakening - Frank Wedekind
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Twentieth Century Literature

Selected Short Stories - Franz Kafka (The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, Blumfeld an Elderly Bachelor, The Great Wall of China, A Hunger Artist, and the complete shorter stories)
Diary of a Madman - Lu Xun
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Ulysses - James Joyce
Sister My Life - Boris Pasternak
Selected Poems - TS Eliot (Prufrock and Other Observations, The Wasteland, Ash Wednesday)
Short Stories - Jorge Borges
Grande Sertao: Veredas - Joao Guimaraes Rosa
History - Elsa Morante
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Stranger - Albert Camus
Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
Eagle or Sun - Octavio Paz
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Children of Gebelawi - Naguib Mahfouz
Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
Season of Migration to the North - Tayeb Salih
Death and the King's Horseman - Wole Soyinka
Fences - August Wilson

* I have italicized those nine works I have yet to read myself. A list like this should never be complete, always keep reading, expand your horizons, grain of salt, and all that.

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