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Literati Reading List

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 27th 2019

In 2016, I started a literary group focused on serious literary works. Here is the list of books for our Caravanserai Literati.


Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Mahabharata (based on Peter Brook’s play/film), Vyasa

Rubayaat, Omar Khayyam

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

The Nature of Things, Lucretius


The Nature of Things, Francis Ponge

Memoirs of Hadrien, Marguerite Yourcenar

Herzog, Saul Bellow

Tao te Ching, Lau Tzu

Poems, Leonard Cohen

In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust

Aleph and Other stories, Jorge Luis Borges


Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami

Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro

Deep River, Shusaku Endo

“Outsider” in Sandra Smith translation of L’Etranger, Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays in Justin O’Brien translation, Albert Camus

Wasteland and Other Poems- Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot

MacBeth, NTLive Play, William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar, NTLive Play, William Shakespeare

Overcoat and the Nose, Nikolai Gogol

Diary of a Madman, Lu Xun

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

End of the Affair, Graham Green


One hundred years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Anthony & Cleopatra – NTLive Play, William Shakespeare

Short Stories, Raven and Other Poems, Edgar Allen Poe

Metamorphosis, Ovid

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Diva (Film)

Periodic Table, Primo Levi

Spoils of Poynton, Henry James

The Human Stain, Philip Roth

The Odyssey, Homer [translated by Emily Wilson]

Tender is the Night/Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Havana Red, first of the Havana Quartets, Leonardo Padura


The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats, Yeats

A Passage to India, E. M. Forster

Bitter Fruit: Short Stories, Saadat Hasan Manto

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

Lolita – The Film, Stanley Kubric

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Speak Memory, Vladimir Nabokov

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

The Old Testament

Selected Essays, Michel de Montaigne

Emma, Jane Austen

Luigi Pirandello’s short stories + Kaos (film based on four of them), Pirandello, Taviani Brothers


Petrarch’s Poetry, Petrarch

Charulata/Nashtanir, Satyajit Ray’s Film based on Tagore’s Short Story, Nashtanir (A Lonely Wife)

Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

Death in Venice, Thomas Mann

Oedipus Rex, Oedipus in Colonus, Antigone, Sophocles

Medea, Euripedes

Don Juan, Lord Byron

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Childhood, Leo Tolstoy

Novellas (Death of Ivan Illich, The Kreutzer Sonata, and Hadji Murad), Leo Tolstoy

The Golden Gate, Vikram Seth

Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin


Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s play

Casanova’s Memoirs

Faust, Goethe

Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann

Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence

Seamus Heaney’s Poetry

Voltaire’s Candide

Light in August, William Faulkner

Notes from the Underground, Dostoevsky

A Suitable Boy, TV Series by Mira Nair (based on Vikram Seth’s Novel)

Wallace Stevens’ Poetry

Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

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