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message 1: by Marc (last edited Jun 26, 2018 05:08PM) (new)

Marc (monkeelino) | 1552 comments Mod
László Krasznahorkai recommends 8 books (https://lithub.com/we-didnt-ask-but-laszlo-krasznahorkai-recommended-8-books-anyway/):

On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe by Andrzej Stasiuk (Poland)
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The Heater by Péter Hajnóczy (Hungary)
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The Train Nr.6714 by Sándor Tar (Hungary)
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Notebook on the Hill by Ákos Győrffy (Hungary)
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Rise of Colonel Sutting by Miklós Mészöly (Hungary)
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Life and Work of Zacharias Lichter by Matei Călinescu (Rumania)
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Carnojevic’s Diary by Miloš Crnjanski (Serbia)
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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (USA)


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol (CarolBrani) | 320 comments Excepting Pynchon, what an interesting list.


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Marc (monkeelino) | 1552 comments Mod
Pynchon was the only one I recognized.


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Whitney | 1564 comments Mod
Ditto. Definitely an interesting stand-out among the East Europeans.


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Hugh (bodachliath) | 1530 comments Mod
I am no expert on Eastern European literature, but it looks a very male list...


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Kristina (literature-dreams) | 41 comments For Poland I would much more recommend the works by Olga Tokarczuk (to also bring more female authors to the list). Or my favorite Witold Gombrowicz. I did not really enjpy reading Stasiuk, although Dojczland is quite interesting to talk about.

Even though I have studied Slavic literature, i have apart from Tokarczuk no female authors in mind.


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Robert | 168 comments Kristina wrote: "For Poland I would much more recommend the works by Olga Tokarczuk (to also bring more female authors to the list). Or my favorite Witold Gombrowicz. I did not really enjpy reading Stasiuk, althoug..."

Tokarczuk just won The Man Booker International for Flights. :)


message 8: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 1530 comments Mod
Flights is extraordinary, but a bit recent to make a canonical list. Magda Szabo maybe...


message 9: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (literature-dreams) | 41 comments Primeavel and other times by Tokarczuk is also highly recommendable.


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Marc (monkeelino) | 1552 comments Mod
I've only read a few interviews with Krasznahorkai, but I'm not sure he's aware that women write...


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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 133 comments Marc wrote: "I've only read a few interviews with Krasznahorkai, but I'm not sure he's aware that women write..."

Yes while I am a fan of his books, that's a very fair point re his self-acknowledged influences and authors he commends.


message 12: by Marc (new)

Marc (monkeelino) | 1552 comments Mod
Doesn't diminish his own work in my opinion (I'm also a fan), I just give that consideration when he makes recs.


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 133 comments Agreed


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