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    Hoodoo!

    That is a really wonderful list. Which of those books have you enjoyed? Have you been disappointed by any of them? Are you interested in reading poetry or plays?

    A few authors that you might want to look into which might fit your goals (and get you out of North America - though I'm going to list a few North Americans as well, I'll note them):

    1. Buchi Emecheta
    2. Elfriede Jelinek
    3. Tove Jansson
    4. Nadine Gordimer
    5. Han Kang
    6. Isabel Allende
    7. Silvina Ocampo
    8. Clarice Lispector
    9. Laura Restrepo
    10. Maryse Conde
    11. Marie NDiaye
    12. Keri Hulme
    13. Eileen Chang
    14. Anita Desai
    15. Arundhati Roy
    16. Nawal El Saadawi
    17. Bessie Head
    18. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

    And two North Americans (but who write with a First Nations kind of focus):

    19. Louise Erdrich
    20. Eden Robinson

    If you want specific titles, let me know. There is a ton of quality out there, and I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are reading. I keep on saying this, but reading more women has dramatically altered my way of understanding the world in my everyday. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

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    I also wanted to read more women this year and earlier I ordered through Amazon books by Erdrich and Lispector. However, my cousin who brings that stuff to me hasn't come lately.
    The result is that I haven't read a woman's book in the whole year. Go figure.

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    My yearly list of books read seems to be smack in the middle of a discussion of women writers worth reading. While my reading reflects a deliberate effort to read more by women, I cannot recommend all the women I've read. Three poets do stand out, and I heartily recommend their work: Dulce Maria Loynaz, Anna Swirszcynska (also Swir in Milosz's translation), Ida Vitale.

    Reason Enough
    . Ida Vitale (Translated by Pollack)
    Where I Was From. Joan Didion
    Kindred. Octavia Butler
    Sin: Selected Poems. Forugh Farrokhzad. (Wolpe)
    Shape of Time. Doris Kareva. (Aleman)
    The Unaccompained. Simon Armitage
    South and West: From a Notebook. Joan Didion
    Anniversary. Christopher Reid
    Absolute Solitude: Selected Prose Poems. Dulce Maria Loynaz. (O'Connor)
    Rilke Shake. Angelica Freitas. (Kaplan)
    Zone: Selected Poems. Guillaume Apollinaire. (Padgett)
    Building the Barricade. Anna Swirszcynska (Florczky)
    The Emperor of Water Clocks. Yusuf Komunyakaa
    My Blue Piano. Else Lasker-Schuler. (Boland)
    New Cemetery. Simon Armitage
    Petra: The Concealed Rose. Amjad Nasser. (Judah)
    We Women. Edith Sodergran. (Charters)
    The Potess Counts to 100 and Bows Out. Ana Enriqueta Teran. (Smith)
    Album for the Young (and Old). Vera Pavlova. (Seymour)
    Conversations: Volume 2. Jorge Luis Borges and Osvaldo Ferrari. (Boll)
    Upstream: Selected Essays. Mary Oliver
    In the Summer House. Jane Bowles
    Twelve Poems About Cavafy. Yannis Ritsos
    The Last Shift. Philip Levine
    Bunting's Persia. Basil Bunting
    Poet by Default. Tristan Corbiere
    Micrograms. Jorge Carrera Andrade
    Arthur's Talk with the Eagle. (Lewis)
    Watching the Spring Festival. Frank Bidart
    A Doll's House. Henrik Ibsen (Thornton Wilder)
    The Road. Cormac McCarthy
    [Poems]. Sylvina Ocampo
    Selected Translations 1948-2011. W. S. Merwin
    The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan. (Hinton)
    One Evening in October I Rowed Out on the Lake. Tua Forsstrom (McDuff)
    An Angel Speaks. Homero Aridjis
    A Time in Xanadu. Lars Gustafsson (Irons)
    Map of Days. Shuntaro Tanikawa (Wright)
    Night of Shooting Stars. Leonardo Sinisgalli
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    Hoodoo's list is indeed a very strong one. I too have been trying to read more women, at least when it comes to literature, since I can't get too picky regarding my academic readings.

    Besides OverTheMountain's beautiful list, I'd add the name of Angela Carter, a writer whom I came across recently and left me mesmerized with her dark imagery and beautiful prose. I saw myself oftenly reading online analyses of the short stories in it to grasp the whole of it.

    Also, a few that I've read in recent times:

    - Wislawa Szymborska
    - Ursula K. Le Guin
    - Marina Tsvetaeva
    - Svetlana Alexievich
    - Grazia Deledda
    - Eleanor Catton
    - Jhumpa Lahiri
    - Sofi Oksanen
    - Karen Blixen
    - Hiromi Kawakami

    And some more I haven't checked myself but intend to do so in the near future:

    - Elena Ferrante
    - Lydia Davis
    - Roxane Gay
    - Donna Tartt
    - Assia Djebar

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    Wow thanks for the suggestions! I'm actually terrible at writing reviews but I'll try my best to check out at least a few and share some thoughts eventually. The book that I finished most recently (but not on list) was Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers. I didn't love it, but it was a very good book nonetheless.

    I've read a few short stories from the Joy Williams book, but I haven't yet been able to decide whether I like it or not.

    Although I still aim to read a majority of women, I've slightly strayed from my objective as of late.. i've been in a Pynchon sort of mood.

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    Has anybody here heard of a certain Danielle Steele? I've been told to check her stuff out... (Just kidding!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodoo View Post
    Has anybody here heard of a certain Danielle Steele? I've been told to check her stuff out... (Just kidding!)
    OMG, trust me, in comparison to E. L. James, Danielle Steele is a freakin' Tolstoy!

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    What you read from Sofi Oksanen, Douglas? I read As Vacas de Stálin and kind of liked it. I wanted to read something else from her but the sinoposis looked so aliked I felt I'd just go through the same stuff. Very interesting, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucasdiniz View Post
    What you read from Sofi Oksanen, Douglas? I read As Vacas de Stálin and kind of liked it. I wanted to read something else from her but the sinoposis looked so aliked I felt I'd just go through the same stuff. Very interesting, though.
    Purge is a very good novel. I recommend it.

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    Purge is great and, in case you're interested, was adapted into an excellent movie too. The Brazilian title is Expurgo and it's easy to find, given that it's her best known novel. I recommend you give it a try.

    I also have When the Doves Disappeared waiting to be read.

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    Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DouglasM View Post
    Purge is great and.
    I also have When the Doves Disappeared waiting to be read.
    When Doves Disappeared is very good too. Similar veins. But Purge is better.
    Jayan



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    Now that we are half way through the year, let me sum up my readings in the first half of the year..

    Jan

    1. Gyula Krudy - Sunflower
    2. Jamaica Kincaid - Annie John
    3. Dai Sijie - Balzac and Little Chinese Seamstress
    4. Santhosh Choubey - 'kya pata' Comrade Mohan
    5. Zakaria Tamer - Breaking Knees: sixty-three very short stories from Syria
    6. William Shakespeare - Two Gentlemen of Verona
    7. Ngugi wa Thiongo -A Grain of Wheat

    Feb

    8. Ravi Menon - Anantharam Sangeethamundayi
    9. Sunil Nambu - Roaming
    10. Otar Chiladze - Avelum
    11. Uwe Johnson - Speculation about Jakob
    12. Ivan Vladislavic - Double Negative
    13. Thiruvizha Jayashankar - Biography of Nagaswaram
    14. William Shakespeare - Henry IV , Part 1

    Mar

    15. Karl Ove Knausgard - My Struggle 3 : Boyhood Island
    16. Anu Varrier - Few explanatory notes on a Suicide
    17. Alejo Carpentier - The Lost Steps
    18. Horacio Castellenos Moya - Senselessness
    19. Iris Murdoch -The Bell
    20. V M Devadas - Dildo
    21. William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra
    22. Elena Ferrante - The Days of Abandonment

    Apr

    23. Boubacar Boris Diop - Murambi, the Book of Bones
    24. Luigi Pirandello - Right, if You Think You Are
    25. V K N - Anusmarana
    26. Philip Roth - The Prague Orgy
    27. M R Gautam - Evolution of Raga and Tala in Indian Music
    28. Willaim Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors

    May

    29. Jorge Luis Borges - The Book of imaginary Beings
    30. Shaji - Pesahabali
    31. Rajendu - Arangodu Swaroopam Grandhavari
    32. Samanta Schweblin - Fever Dreams
    33. Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares - Family Heirlooms
    34. S L Bhyrappa - Parva
    35. William Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus
    36. Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe - On Palestine

    Jun

    37. Jose Eduardo Agualusa - My Fathers Wives
    38. Sadegh Hedayat -The Blind Owl
    39. Shoukath - Snehadaram
    40. C Ramanujachari - Spirital Heritage of Tyagaraja
    41. Emmi Itaranta - Memory of Water
    42. Joan Didion - Play It as It Lays
    43. William Shakespeare - HEnry IV , Part 2

    Jul

    44. Vasudev Murthy - What the Raags Told Me
    45. David Shulman - Tamil: A Biography
    46. Galsan Tschinag - The Blue Sky
    47. Asokamitran - Water
    48. George Pulikkan - Thotta Charithram Kettittilla
    49. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot
    50. William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice
    51. Monique Wittig - Les Guérillčres
    52. Eduardo Galeano - Open Veins of Latin America

    Aug

    53. Georges Bataille - Story of the Eye
    54. Catherine Lim - The Serpent's Tooth
    55. Sheridan Le Fanu - Carmilla
    56. Jo Monroe - Star of india :The Spicy Adventures of Curry
    57. William Shakespeare - King John
    58. T.P.Sasthamangalam - Varaphalathinte Varaprasadam

    Sept
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    Sorry, I just don't have the sitzfleisch to put flags, numbers, and months to all this. Forgive me. This is a more recent updating (in addition to the half-dozen or so listed on the first page of this thread).

    Karoly Pap, Azarel
    Ilf and Petrov, The Twelve Chairs
    Arto Paasilinna, The Year of the Hare
    Felisberto Hernandez, Lands of Memory [unfinished]
    Modikwe Dikobe, The Marabi Dance
    Hart Wegner, Houses of Ivory
    Bibhutibhushan Banerji, Aparajito
    Outhine Bounyavong, Mother's Beloved
    Fleur Jaeggy, Last Vanities
    Gebreyesus Hailu, Conscript
    Eka Kurniawan, Beauty Is A Wound
    Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born [read only half]
    Mahmoud Saeed, The World Through the Eyes of Angels
    Ngugi wa Thiongo, The River Between
    Sol Plaatje, Mhudi
    James Michener, Tales of the South Pacific
    Yahya Taher Abdullah, The Mountain of Green Tea and other stories
    Carson McCullers, Clock Without Hands
    Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace
    Cormac McCarthy, The Road
    Georges Rodenbach, Bruges-la-Morte
    R.K. Narayan, Swami and Friends
    Endre Ady, Neighbors of the Night and other stories
    Dezső Kosztolányi, Skylark
    Heinrich Boll, Billiards at Half Past Nine
    anonymous, The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
    William Heinesen, The Black Cauldron
    David Albahari, Götz and Meyer
    Yusuf Idris, Tales of Encounter
    Neshani Andreas, The Purple Violet of Oshaantu
    Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
    Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs
    Mariama Ba, So Long A Letter
    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, The Forest Woman
    José Luandino Vieira, Luuanda
    Patrick Modiano, Missing Person
    Taha Hussein, The Sufferers: Stories and Polemics

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