One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Worth Repeating

Silly because lists aren't my thing. However, I do jot down the date when I first read a book (I usually write it just after the front cover, along with my name) and, subsequently, the date for any rereads.

So: Below is a list (which will probably grow over the next few days) of books (or works) I've read more than once. I'll work only with Memory (which means there will be holes) and not go running after books to verify.


  • Kafka: Diaries, Letters to Milena, most of his short stories.
  • Thomas Mann: Death in Venice and some other short stories
  • T. S. Eliot: All of his poems and many essays
  • W.B. Yeats: Selected poems, especially his later works
  • Paul Celan: Poems
  • Zbigniew Herbert: Poems and most of his essays
  • Szymborska: Most of her poems
  • Rilke: Poems (especially the Duino Elegies) and Letters to a Young Poet
  • Max Frisch: Man in the Holocene, Homo Faber, Bluebeard
  • Durrenmatt: The Assignment
  • Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov and Notes from Underground
  • Tolstoy: Probably only some of his religious writings and shorter works (for sure I remember Father Sergius and Kreutzer Sonata)
  • Chekhov: Most plays and short stories
  • Borges: Poems and many stories
  • Joyce: Probably only his short stories
  • Beckett: The Trilogy, Godot, and many of his shorter works
  • Nabokov: Despair (probably my favorite), Lolita, Pale Fire, Sebastian Knight, and several short stories
  • Salinger: Pretty much all of his short oeuvre (but that was long long ago)
  • Hemingway: Probably only Old Man and the Sea and some short stories
  • Fitzgerald: Only some short stories
  • Peter Handke: I want to say Kaspar and The Goalie's Anxiety (but there may have been others)
  • Grass: My Century, Meeting at Telgte, some of his poems
  • The Bible: obviously some passages more than others
  • Jens Peter Jacobsen: Mogens and Other Stories
  • Dante: Only the Inferno (the others only once)
  • Camus: Certainly The Fall (tried rereading The Plague some while ago and couldn't finish it)
  • Goethe: Probably only Travels in Italy
  • Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky and many of the stories
  • Synge: I think only The Aran Islands
  • Milosz: A Year of the Hunter and many of his poems
  • C.S. Lewis: Certainly Surprised by Joy but there are probably others
  • Ingeborg Bachmann: Poems
  • Musil: Posthumous Papers
  • Holderlin: Poems
  • Montale: Many of his poems
  • Rimbaud: Many of his poems and some of his letters
  • Baudelaire: Selected Poems
  • Breton: Poems
  • Buchner: Plays
  • Valery: Some poems and essays
  • Capote: Breakfast at Tiffany's (long time ago)
  • Harper Lee: Mockingbird (certainly before I was 21)
  • Beowulf
  • Gilgamesh
  • Shakespeare: only a few of his plays, e.g., Hamlet
  • John Donne: Poems
  • Virginia Woolf: To The Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, and several essays 

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