David Auerbach, genijalac iz New Yorka, ima jedan od najboljih blogova za književnu kritiku (s ponekim postom o filmu i muzici) - waggish. Dobra, stara modernistička škola. Oni tipovi koji obožavaju Krasznahorkaija i Georgea Konráda, ali i još jednog, kod nas nepoznatog mađarskog genijalca, Miklósa Szentkuthyja, no - gle! - i susjedne nam Dragu Jančara, Vitomila Zupana i Davida Albaharija.
No naročito je izvrstan njegov izbor non-fiction knjiga, recimo knjige o tome kako se zapravo kod ljudi uvriježila ideja da je neravnopravnost nešto prirodno ili bogom dano.
Books of the Year 2012So many books, so many books. I consciously tried to expand my reading horizons this year, which has helped to swell my reading list to unmanageable lengths. Sifting out worthy entries in disciplines with which I’m not especially familiar is not at all easy, so sometimes I just have to go on faith that apparent hard work, diligence, and care have resulted in an enlightening end product.
Krasznahorkai’s Satantango is certainly for me the book of the year, though in its way Lucan’s Civil War was as well, and I was very happy to have William Bronk‘s later poetry collected.
I have hardly read all of all of the nonfiction selections–I’ll be lucky if I ever read the Bailyn book cover to cover–but they have all been of note to me at least as reference or inspiration. Some stragglers from 2011 have snuck in as well.
If anyone’s curious as to why some book or other made the list, feel free to ask in the comments. Reviews on a couple are forthcoming.
(As always, I do not make any money from these links–this was just by far the simplest way to get thumbnails and metadata.)
William Bronk, David Clippinger, editor (Talisman House, Publishers)
Carl Barks (Fantagraphics)
Richard RichardBiernacki (Palgrave Macmillan)
The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)William M. Reddy (University Of Chicago Press)
Denise Phillips (University Of Chicago Press)
Unfinished Gestures: Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)Davesh Soneji (University Of Chicago Press)
Gerard Passannante (University Of Chicago Press)
Sorana Corneanu (University Of Chicago Press)
Michael N. Forster (Oxford University Press, USA)
Frederique Ait-Touati (University Of Chicago Press)
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (University Of Chicago Press)
Aleida Assmann (Cambridge University Press)
Jan Assmann (Cambridge University Press)
A. W. Moore (Cambridge University Press)
The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and EmpireKent Flannery, Joyce Marcus (Harvard University Press)
David Shulman (Harvard University Press)
Eckart Förster (Harvard University Press)
Ian Maclean (Harvard University Press)
Santiago Zabala (Columbia University Press)
Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government- —and the Reckoning That Lies AheadDavid Rothkopf (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)Jaak Panksepp, Lucy Biven (W. W. Norton & Company)
M. F. Burnyeat (Cambridge University Press)
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 ADPeter Brown (Princeton University Press)
About David Auerbach
I live in New York with several thousand books. I am a writer and software engineer. I have contributed to the Times Literary Supplement, n+1, Bookforum, Triple Canopy, The Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere.
Literature and philosophy are my two loves but I try to supplement them with healthy, empirical doses of reality.
See also My Life in Books, The First 30 Years.
I am always happy to hear from readers: email@example.com.
Articles Available Online:
- n+1: The Stupidity of Computers
- n+1: Two Daughters
- Triple Canopy: Anonymity as Culture (and Case Studies)
- Bookforum: Andrew Blum’s Tubes
- The Mythology of László Krasznahorkai
- The 19th Century Russian Great Nikolai Leskov
- The Prescient Science Fiction of Thomas M. Disch
- Christian Hawkey’s Ventrakl
- Barbara Comyns’ Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
- Vladimir Sorokin: Meat and Clones
- Hans Blumenberg and His Myth Science Arkestra
- Cargo 200: Blurred Spaces
My Life in Books, The First Thirty YearsThis is a meme of my own invention (as far as I know). [Update: Nope, Paul did it first. I may have subconsciously plagiarized him. Sorry Paul!] The books that had the greatest impact on me year by year. Obviously very subjective, and vexing for all sorts of different reasons. Not always the best books, not often the most helpful books, just those that occupied my mind more than others. The years are to my best recollection; I may have fudged some of them.
I’ve had to list a number of unbreakable ties, where I remember the influence of each book as being so dominant and the books as so incommensurable that it was impossible to choose.
And there were a couple near-ties where I painfully excluded a runner-up. (Invisible Man, Catcher in the Rye, Wittgenstein, Lucretius, and Hegel’s Phenomenology all fell into this category.)
So, by age, from the beginning!
- Goodnight Moon
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Virginia Lee Burton
- What Do People Do All Day? (unabridged), Richard Scarry
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss
- Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics, Carl Barks
- The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster (tie)
- The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
- The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Daniel Pinkwater
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
What is the Name of This Book?, Raymond Smullyan (tie)
- “By His Bootstraps” and “—All You Zombies—”, Robert Heinlein
- The Singing Detective (script and serial), Dennis Potter
- The Sirens of Titan; and Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
- White Noise, Don DeLillo
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Moby Dick, Herman Melville (tie)
- Ulysses, James Joyce
- Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
Imaginary Magnitude, Stanislaw Lem (tie)
- The Tunnel, William H. Gass
- The Castle, Franz Kafka
- Lanark, Alasdair Gray
Interstate; Frog; Gould; assorted short fiction, Stephen Dixon (tie)
- The Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil
- Michael Kohlhaas, Heinrich von Kleist
- The Melancholy of Resistance, Laszlo Krasznahorkai
- The Obscene Bird of Night, Jose Donoso
How It Is, Samuel Beckett (tie)
- The Waves, Virginia Woolf
Epileptic, David B. (tie)
- The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi
Simultan, Ingeborg Bachmann (tie)
- Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust
- The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams
Rameau’s Nephew, Denis Diderot (tie)
- Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
- A House in the Country, Jose Donoso
This is probably as good an autobiography as any. Anyone else want to try?