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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. We call it Caravanserai Literati.  Here is the list of books for our Caravanserai Literati.

YearMonthAuthorWorkOptional Work(s)
2016JulyDanteInferno
2016SeptemberVyasaMahabharata (based on Peter Brooke’s play/film)
2016NovemberOmar KhayyamRubayaat
2016NovemberVladimir NabokovLolita
2016DecemberLucretiusThe Nature of Things
2017JanuaryFrancis PongeThe Nature of Things
2017FebruaryMarguerite YourcenarMemoirs of Hadrien
2017MarchSaul BellowHerzog
2017MayLau TzuTao te Ching
2017JuneLeonard CohenPoems
2017OctoberMarcel ProustIn Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way
2017NovemberJorge Luis BorgesAleph and Other stories
2018JanuaryHaruki MurakamiMen Without Women
2018FebruaryKazuo IshiguroRemains of the Day and The Buried Giant
2018MarchShusaku EndoDeep River, Silence
2018AprilAlbert Camus“Outsider” in Sandra Smith translation of L’Etranger
“The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays” in Justin O’Brien translation, we will specifically focus on the title essay
Optional
“The Plague” , Modern Penguin Classics in Robin Buss translation.
2018AprilWilliam ShakespeareJulius Caeser
2018MayT. S. EliotWasteland and Other Poems, Four Quartets
2018JuneWilliam ShakespeareJulius Caeser
2018JulyNikolai GogolFor Gogol, Joanna recommends The Vintage Classics, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol. The Petersburg Tales, with special emphasis on the Overcoat and the Nose will be our focus. If you want to get the spirit of the Ukrainian soul, such as it is, you can read some of the Ukrainian tales when you have the time. They are of little literary value, but, ethnographically interesting. We will not be discussing those.
2018OctoberLeo TolstoyAnna Karenina
2018NovemberGraham GreenEnd of the Affair
2019JanuaryGabriel Garcia MarquezOne hundred years of solitude
2019JanuaryWilliam ShakespeareAnthony & Cleopatra – NTLive Play
2019FebruaryEdgar Allen PoeShort Stories, Raven and Other Poems
2019MarchOvidMetamorphosisMary Zimmermann’s play at Berkeley Rep
2019AprilFranz KafkaMetamorphosis
2019AprilJean-Jacques Beineix, DirectorDiva (Film)
2019MayPrimo LeviPeriodic Table
2019JuneHenry JamesSpoils of Poynton
2019JulyPhilip RothThe Human Stain
2019SeptemberHomerThe Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson
2019OctoberF. Scott FitzgeraldTender is the Night/Great Gatsby
2019NovemberLeonardo PaduraHavana Red, first of the Havanan Quartet
2020JanuaryYeatsThe Collected Poems of W. B. YeatsThe Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Wild Swans at Coole
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
Easter 1916
The Second Coming
To Be Carved on a Stone at Thoor Ballylee
Sailing to Byzantium
Among School Children
The Circus Animals’ Desertion
2020FebruaryForsterA Passage to India
2020MarchSaadat Hasan MantoBitter Fruit: Short StoriesToba Tek Singh, Colder than Ice, Odour, The Dog of Titwal, It Happened in 1919 are among his best.
2020AprilVirginia WoolfMrs. DallowayFilm
2020MayStanley KubricLolita – The Film: How successful is the adaptation?
2020MayKurt VonnegutSlaughterhouse Five
2020JuneVladimir NabokovSpeak Memory
2020JulyJames JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young Man
2020SeptemberGod?Old TestamentSapiens: Harari
2020OctoberMontaigneSelected Essays
2020NovemberRacinePhaedra (may change depending on NTL schedule)

Related Reading: Let’s Go Beyond Superficial Virtual Interactions in 2018

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