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Desert Island Collection - Top 24 - Books

Even harder an execice as for music and movies, these are the 24 books I would take on a desert island. Lots are missing (see at the end) but these have had deep impacts on me and have been my favs over the years. No particular order. For all the listed books, I enjoy most works of the corresponding writers but I had to choose one.


Franz Kafka - Le Procés / The Trial

Georges Perec - La vie mode d'emploi

JMG Le Clezio - Le Procés-Verbal

EM Cioran - De l'inconvénient d'être né

Charles Baudelaire - Les Fleurs du Mal

René Daumal - Le Mont Analogue


Michel Leiris - Aurora

Herman Hesse - Le Jeu des Perles de Verre

Boris Vian - L'Automne à Pékin

F. Nietzsche - Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra

JK Huysmans - A Rebours

Joseph Heller - Catch 22


Norman Spinrad - Bug Jack Barron

Lautréamont - Les Chants de Maldoror

R. Zelazny - The Chronicles of Amber

Philip K Dick - UBIK

Louis Pauwels et Jaques Bergier - Le Matin des Magiciens

Charles Bukowski - Play the piano like a percussion instrument until the fingers begin to bleed


Philip Roth - The Human Stain

Daniel Pennac - Aux fruits de la passion

John Brunner - Stand on Zanzibar

Charles Mingus - Beneath the underdog

Louis Ferdinand Celine - Voyage au bout de la nuit

John Irving - A prayer for Owen Meany


Great books and writers are missing that were of my first selection: Dostoievsky, Villiers de l'Isle Adam, Raymond Queneau, Alfred Jarry, Alexandre Vialatte, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Raymond Roussel, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, André Breton, Thomas Hardy, Garbriel Garcia Marquez, John Fowles, Umberto Eco, Andres Ibanes, Douglas "Godel, Escher, Bach" Hofstadter, Lawrence Durrell, Michel Onfray, William Gibson, Jorge Luis Borges, John Dos Passos, Thomas Mann, Jack Kerouack, Malcolm Lowry, Henry Miller..... and many more.


All these (but one) are covers of books I own.

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