A Reading List

The Grammar of Architecture / Emily Cole

Закат Исаака Бабеля

Di Ukrainer pogromen in yor 1919 / Elias Tcherikower

Jud Süß / Lion Feuchtwanger

Der Pojaz / Karl Emil Franzos

Book of Ezekiel

“A Language Familiar to Us” / Emmanuel Levinas

Language contact and lexical enrichment in Israeli Hebrew / Ghilad Zuckermann

The Trouble of Being Born / Emil Cioran

Всё возможно Льва Шестова

Praktische Grammatik der jiddischen Sprache / Salomo A. Birnbaum

No Name in the Street / James Baldwin

Yiddish-English dictionary / Alexander Harkavy

Hiob / Joseph Roth

Yiddishkeit / Harvey Pekar

Rabbi Nachman’s stories (translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Breslov Research Institute)

Der König David Bericht / Stefan Heym

The Song of the Lark / Willa Cather

Waiting for the Barbarians / J.M. Coetzee

The Poet Assassinated / Guillaume Apollinaire

My Disillusionment in Russia / Emma Goldman

Anarchism and Other Essays / Emma Goldman

Azazeel / Youssef Ziedan

Das zweite Paradies / Hilde Domin

The Joys of Yiddish / Leo Rosten

Returning to Haifa / Ghassan Kanafani

Before the Next Bomb Drops / Remi Kanazi

Enemies, A Love Story / Isaac Bashevis Singer

Quissat: Stories by Palestinian Women

Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui / Bertolt Brecht

Schachnovelle / Stefan Zweig

Journal of an Ordinary Grief / Mahmoud Darwish

Palestine Speaks

Khirbet Khizeh / S. Yizhar

Tablet and Pen / Reza Aslan


Bergson “Laughter”

Die Räuber / Friedrich Schiller

“Discourse on Colonialism” / Aimé Césaire


“Forms of Time and Chronotope in the Novel” / Mikhail Bakhtin

And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos / John Berger

World Enough & Time / Christian McEwen

Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression / Jacques Derrida

“The Jolly Corner” / Henry James

The Turn of the Screw / Henry James

The Country Between Us / Carolyn Forché

Бессарабский романс Инны Лесовой

Petr Fidelius

Гетьман Николая Гоголя


Салам тебе, Далгат! Алисы Ганиевой

Кровь Нодара Думбадзе

Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки Николая Гоголя

Петербург Андрея Белого

The Shadow-Line / Joseph Conrad

Русская канарейка Дины Рубиной

Into the Arms of Pushkin / Carol Davis

“In a Room and a Half” / Joseph Brodsky

The Little Red Chairs / Edna O’Brien

Homage to Catalonia / George Orwell

The Power / Naomi Alderman

Naomi / Junichiro Tanazaki

The Poetics of Space / Gaston Bachelard

Something by Lidia Yuknavitch (whatever’s out there…)

Бесы Федора Достоевского

Истеми Алексея Никитина

Get In Trouble / Kelly Link

Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck

Баня Владимира Маяковского

“Про это” Владимира Маяковского

Зияющие высоты Александра Зиновьева

Повести временных лет Нестора

Предела забвения Сергея Лебедева

Киреевский Марии Степановой

Spolia Марии Степановой

Rhythm in the Novel / E. K. Brown

I Would Have Saved Them if I Could / Leonard Michaels

Winter’s Tales / Isak Dinesen

Grammar as Style / Virginia Tufte

И дольше века длится день Чингиза Айтматова

“Order of Discourse” / Michel Foucault

Что делать? Николая Чернышевского

Eric Partridge books

Lord Jim / Joseph Conrad

A Doll’s House / Henrik Ibsen

Библиотекарь Михаила Елизарова

The Monkey Wrench Gang / Edward Abbey

This Side of Paradise / F. Scott Fitzgerald

An Unnecessary Woman / Rabih Alameddine

The Perv: Stories / Rabih Alammedine

The House of Twenty Thousand Books / Sasha Abramsky

Zealot / Reza Aslan

A Sentimental Education / Gustav Flaubert

War and War / László Krasznahorkai

Brave New World / Aldous Huxley

Яма А. И. Куприна

Доктор Живаго Бориса Пастернака

Capital in the Twenty-First Century / Thomas Piketty

The Stranger / Albert Camus

The Decameron / Boccaccio

“The New Utopia” / Jerome Jerome

Мы Евгения Замятина

Всё плохо Кирилла Медведева

Either/Or / Søren Kierkegaard

Kafka’s Prayer / Paul Goodman

Amerika / Franz Kafka

Severian of the Guild / Gene Wolfe

Selected Letters / James Joyce, selected by Ellman

Собачье сердце Михаила Булгакова

Duineser Elegien / Rainer Maria Rilke

Владимир Лидин

Whiskey River / Loren D. Estleman

Orfeo / Richard Powers

G. / John Berger

Terrorist / John Updike

Blue Angel / Francine Prose

The Free World / David Bezmozgis

The Book of Disquiet / Fernando Pessoa

Of Mice and Men / John Steinbeck

Русская красавица Виктора Ерофеева

Лето Господне И.С. Шмелёва

Echo’s Bones / Samuel Beckett

Tell Me How Long’s the Train Been Gone / James Baldwin

“Luftkrieg und Literatur” / W.G. Sebald

Eileen Chang

Lü Bicheng

Xiao Hong

Shi Pingmei

Sleepless Nights / Elizabeth Hardwick

At the Same Time / Susan Sontag

Писмовник Михаила Шишкина

The Barracks Thief / Tobias Wolff

Золотой телёнок Ильфа и Петрова

A Master Builder / Henrik Ibsen

Into the Go-Slow / Bridgett M. Davis

Hue and Cry / James Alan McPherson

“The Truth about Sancho Panza” / Franz Kafka

We Almost Lost Detroit

Hamlet / William Faulkner

Still Forms on Foxfield / Joan Slonczewski


On Sal Mal Lane / Ru Freeman

The Cosmopolitans / Sarah Schulman

The Encyclopedia of the Dead / Danilo Kiš

Austerlitz / W.G. Sebald

Billy Bathgate / E.L. Doctorow

Boston / Upton Sinclair

Edisto / Padgett Powell

Margaret Laurence

Arts of the Possible / Adrienne Rich

The Secret Agent / Joseph Conrad

Wilhelm Meister / Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Death in the Afternoon / Ernest Hemingway

Repetition / Søren Kierkegaard

Hotels of North America / Rick Moody

Beautiful Ruins / Jess Walter

Agota Kristof trilogy

The Concept of Anxiety / Søren Kierkegaard

A People’s History of the United States / Howard Zinn

A Confederate General From Big Sur / Richard Brautigan

Mit fremden Federn / Robert Neumann

John Crow’s Devil / Marlon James

The Quick and the Dead / Joy Williams

Jose Marti

The River Swimmer / Jim Harrison

Who Has Seen the Wind / WO Mitchell

Letters between Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and Rainer Maria Rilke

Journey to the West / Wu Cheng’en

Dream of the Red Chamber / Cao Xuequin

On Moral Fiction / John Gardner

A History of Christian Thought / Paul Tillich

Algernon Swinburne poetry

The Crying of Lot 49 / Thomas Pynchon

A Dream of Fair to Middling Women / Samuel Beckett

Endless Love / Scott Spencer

Speak, Memory / Vladimir Nabokov

Bound / Antonya Nelson

Going Postal / Terry Pratchett

Glossolalia / David Jauss

A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership / Wendell Berry

The World of Silence / Max Picard

Ada, or Ardor / Vladimir Nabokov

The Ways of White Folks / Langston Hughes

B. Traven

Inner Workings / J.M. Coetzee

Die jüdische Orgel / Ludwig Winder

Growing Up Absurd / Paul Goodman

The Disappearance of Childhood / Neil Postman

Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert

Ragtime / E.L. Doctorow

The English Patient / Michael Ondaatje

Bottle Rocket Hearts / Zoe Whittall

Пикник на обочине Аркадия и Бориса Стругацких

The Beginning of Spring / Penelope Fitzgerald

The Forest of the South / Caroline Gordon (a Flannery O’Connor recommendation)

A Cool Million and The Dream Life of Balso Snell / Nathanael West

Zona / Geoff Dyer

Triumph und Tragik des Erasmus von Rotterdam / Stefan Zweig

In Other Words / Jhumpa Lahiri

Jill / Philip Larkin


Faust, Part Two / Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Susanna / Gertrud Kolmar

Poetics / Aristotle

Meister Eckhart

Die vierzig Tag des Musa Dagh / Franz Werfel

Diogenes Laertius: Lives of Eminent Philosophers

The Master Butchers Singing Club / Louise Erdrich

From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation / Gene Sharp

Why History Matters: Life and Thought / Gerda Lerner

Abandon: A Romance / Pico Iyer


Les Miserables / Victor Hugo

Handsome Lake

Ethics / Baruch Spinoza

Innocents Abroad / Mark Twain

Piers Plowman / William Langland

The Moviegoer / Walker Percy

Eighth Day / Thornton Wilder

Jude the Obscure / Thomas Hardy

The Secret of Their Eyes / Eduardo Sacheri

My Lai 4 / Seymour Hersch

Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement / Sara Shourd (editor)

Literary Acquaintances / William Dean Howells

The Unamericans / Molly Antopol
Ma Jian recommendations:

Strange Tales of Liaozhai, by the Qing Dynasty author Pu Songling. Wonderful supernatural stories in which the ghosts, demons and fox spirits are kinder and more humane than the human characters.

China 1957 by You Fengwei. A powerful novel describing Mao’s persecution of China’s intellectuals.

Border Town by Shen Congwen—a beautiful evocation of rural China in the 1930s.

A Day in the Life of Kubo, the Novelist / Pak Taewon

The Green Shore / Natalie Bakopoulos

“Остров Сахалин” Антона Чехова

Just Kids / Patti Smith

The Sylphs of the Season / Washington Allston

Germinal / Émile Zola

Mediations / Martin Esslin

Fictional Characters, Real Problems: In Search of the Ethical Content of Literature

The Aesthetic Relation / Gerard Genette

House Made of Dawn / N. Scott Momaday

God’s Hotel / Victoria Sweet

Three Days Before the Shooting… / Ralph Ellison

Philosophical Investigations / Ludwig Wittgenstein

Slaughterhouse Five / Kurt Vonnegut

Moss Hart

William Inge

“The Way We Live Now” / Susan Sontag

The Devil Finds Work / James Baldwin

Lime Twig / John Hawkes

The Wretched of the Earth / Frantz Fanon

Stories of the Nath – Yoga

When Mystical Creatures Attack! / Kathleen Founds

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict / Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan

The Great Glass Sea / Josh Weil

Ezra Pound – La Femme?

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius / Ray Monk

«Крыжовник» Антона Чехова

«Предложение» Антона Чехова

Reading Like a Writer / Francine Prose

Оправдание Дмитрия Быкова

Гамбургский счёт Виктора Шкловского

In the Courts of the Conqueror / William Echo-Hawk

Peter Nabokov

“The Bear” / William Faulkner

Autobiographical Novel / Kenneth Rexroth

Shorter Poems / Kenneth Rexroth

At the Same Time / Susan Sontag

Memoirs of Hadrian / Marguerite Yourcenar

Psycho Vox / Charles Wesley Emerson

Prague / Arthur Phillips

Сологуб рассказы

Омон Ра Виктора Пелевина

Rufus Jones Speaks To Our Time

Quakertown Lee Martin

Eugene Ionesco

A Region Not Home / James Alan McPherson

Some more Dickens

Among Women / John McGahern

Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church / Allan Gurganus

Premier Amour / Samuel Beckett

The Known World / Edward P. Jones

“Tricks” / Alice Munro

Moby Dick / Hermann Melville

More Pricks Than Kicks / Samuel Beckett

Dubliners / James Joyce

Under Western Eyes / Joseph Conrad

Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov

Братья Карамазовы Федора Достоевского