Books, read – 2014

A list, in order, of all the books I have read this year.  The first book (by Fuentes) is the last I read this year, and the last is the first.

The total is 79 books and, honestly, I am not impressed with the achievement.  It is the worst number of books I have read since I began recording in 2003.

2015 will be better.

Overall impressions – A lot of familiar faces.  Not a great deal of new writers, really.  I would say that I gained a better appreciation for Fuentes, (Joseph) Roth, Kadare. Lobo Antunes and Goytisolo this year, but I did not experience a “discovery” this year.  Ordinarily I stumble across a writer who becomes great to me, and who I deeply love, perhaps once a year.  This year I thought it would be Karl Ove Knausgaard, but on balance I don’t think so.

Fuentes, Carlos The Old Gringo
Roth, Joseph What I Saw
Kadare, Ismail The Fall of the Stone City
Pinter, Harold Old Times
Pinter, Harold Mountain Language
Pinter, Harold Collected Poems and Prose
Goytisolo, Juan Quarantine
Goytisolo, Juan The Garden of Secrets
Camus, Albert The Fall
Bolano, Roberto Woes of the True Policeman
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor The Double
Camus, Albert The Outsider
Modiano, Patrick The Search Warrant
Camus, Albert A Happy Death
Sebald, W. G. The Rings of Saturn
Bulgakov, Mikhail The Life of Monsieur de Moliere
Aira, Cesar An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
Borges, Jorge Luis Ficciones
Hemingway, Ernest For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hobb, Robin The Farseer Trilogy – III – Assassin’s Quest
Hobb, Robin The Farseer Trilogy – II – Royal Assassin
Modiano, Patrick The Search Warrant
Hobb, Robin The Farseer Trilogy – I – Assassin’s Apprentice
Bolano, Roberto By Night in Chile
Borges, Jorge Luis The Aleph and Other Stories
Kafka, Franz Description of a Struggle
Calvino, Italo The Literature Machine
Aira, Cesar The Seamstress and the Wind
Coetzee, J. M. Dusklands
Aira, Cesar Ghosts
Beckett, Samuel More Pricks than Kicks
Adair, Gilbert Myths and Memories
Fuentes, Carlos Distant Relations
Boll, Heinrich And Where Were You, Adam?
Review of Contemporary Fiction Vol XXXI No 1 – The Failure Issue
le Carre, John Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Bolano, Roberto Woes of the True Policeman
Bulgakov, Mikhail Black Snow
Bulgakov, Mikhail The Heart of a Dog (trans. Glenny)
Roth, Joseph The White Cities
Coetzee, J. M. The Life and Times of Michael K
Coetzee, J. M. Age of Iron
Aira, Cesar Shantytown
Shakespeare, William The Tempest
Hamsun, Knut Hunger
Kapuscinski, Ryszard The Emperor
Aira, Cesar How I Became a Nun
Hemingway, Ernest In Our Time
Antunes, Antonio Lobo The Return of the Caravels
Gass, William H Tests of Time
Antunes, Antonio Lobo An Explanation of the Birds
Bellow, Saul Herzog
Tavares, Goncalo M A Man: Klaus Klump
Hrabal, Bohumil Too Loud a Solitude
Botton, Alain de How Proust Can Change Your Life
Bolano, Roberto Nazi Literature in the Americans
Bolano, Roberto Antwerp
Bolano, Roberto The Skating Rink
Aira, Cesar The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira
Hobsbawm, Eric The Age of Revolution
Sartre, Jean-Paul The Age of Reason
Auster, Paul The Invention of Solitude
Sauvageot, Marcelle Commentary
Knausgaard, Karl Ove My Struggle – II – A Man in Love
Knausgaard, Karl Ove My Struggle – I – A Death in the Family
Wolfe, Gene The Book of the New Sun – Volume 1 – Shadow and Claw
Lawrence, Mark Prince of Thorns
May, Julian The Galactic Milieu – 3 – Magnificat
May, Julian The Galactic Milieu – 2 – Diamond Mask
May, Julian The Galactic Milieu – 1 – Jack the Bodiless
Kawabata, Yasunari The Master of Go
Basara, Svetislav Chinese Letter
Toussaint, Jean-Philippe The Bathroom
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand Conversation with Professor Y
Vorpsi, Ornela The Country Where No One Ever Dies
Voznesensky, Andrei Anti-Worlds
Bolano, Roberto Distant Star
Aira, Cesar Varamo
Aira, Cesar The Literary Conference

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