June 21, 2021

Book Day: The compulsory readings of 15 great writers | Babelia

What are the bedside books of Margaret Atwood, Bret Easton Ellis, Javier Cercas, Manuel Vilas, Mathias Énard, Alejandro Zambra or Cristina Morales? The 15 authors invited to the literary festival Chapter One, organized by Slaughterhouse Madrid With the collaboration of Casa del Lector, Cineteca Madrid and the Naves del Español and seven major Spanish publishing labels, they have chosen their reference readings on the occasion of International Book Day, which is celebrated this Thursday. The festival, which was due to take place in late March and was suspended due to the health crisis, has been postponed until autumn.

Margaret Atwood

The iron heelby Jack London

Looking backby Edward Bellamy

A happy worldby Aldous Huxley

1984by George Orwell

I doubt wanderingby Russell Hoban

The Death of Grassby John Christopher (Samuel Youd)

The left hand of the darknessby Ursula K. LeGuin

Woman on the verge of timeby Marge Piercy

Relationshipby Octavia Butler

The Water Knifeby Paulo Bacogalupi

Station elevenby Emily St. John

Mandel Company Townby Madeline Ashby

The powerby Naomi Alderman

Javier Cercas

The Miserablesby Víctor Hugo

Michael Strogoffby Jules Verne

Imaginary livesby Marcel Schowb

Sixty talesby Dino Buzzatti

Nostromoby Joseph Conrad

Aspern’s Papersby Henry James

The playerby Fyodor Dostoevsky

The adventure of a photographer in La Plataby Adolfo Bioy Casares

Zamaby Antonio di Benedetto

Helena or the summer seaby Julián Ayesta

Bret Easton Ellis

Sentimental educationby Gustave Flaubert

Anna Kareninaby Leo Tolstoy

As the game comesby Joan Didion

Sabath Theaterby Philip Roth

The correctionsby Jonathan Franzen

Madame Bovaryby Gustave Flaubert

The Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ulisesby James Joyce

Middlemarchby George Eliot

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnby Mark Twain

Mathias Énard

A grave for Boris Davidovichby Danilo Kis

Vertigoby WG Sebald

The tongue savedby Elias Canetti

The troubadoursby Martín de Riquer

Muralby Mahmud Darwish

Two pathsby Salim Barakat

Tiny livesby Pierre Michon

Danubeby Claudio Magris

War has no woman’s faceby Svetlana Alexievich

A world at your fingertipsby Maylis from Kerangal

Kalaf Epalanga

Signs that will precede the end of the worldby Yuri Herrera

She Would Be Kingby Wayétu Moore

The Moor’s Accountby Laila Lalami

Luanda, Lisbon, Paradiseby Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida

His eyes looked at Godby Zora Neale Hurston

When Trouble Sleepsby Leye Adenle

Season of Crimson Blossomsby Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

House of Stoneby Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Mr lovermanby Bernadine Evaristo

Claire of the Sea Lightby Edwidge Danticat

Miguel Ángel Hernández

The use of the photoby Annie Ernaux

All i lovedby Siri Hustvedt

Paris never endsby Enrique Vila-Matas

The Malogradby Thomas Bernhardt

The Nameless Trilogyby Samuel Beckett

Kill Platoby Chantal Maillard

Background noiseby Don DeLillo

Distant starby Roberto Bolaño

A Russian novelby Emmanuel Carrère

The invention of lonelinessby Paul Auster

Iowa Girls (Violeta Gil, Helena Mariño, Cynthia Smart)

Single motherby Marina Yuszczuk

The age of deservingby Berta García Faet

Asphaltby Luis Chávez

My youth unitedby Mariano Blatt

So much anxietyby Tálata Rodríguez

Basket of braidsby Natalia Litvinova

A rib on the tableby Angélica Liddell

The Argonautsby Maggie Nelson

Citizenby Claudia Rankine

Made a noiseby María Salgado

The beauty of the husbandby Anne Carson

Firesby Ismael Ramos

Antígona Gonzálezby Sara Uribe

Ricardo Menéndez Salmón

Background noiseby Don DeLillo

Journey to the end of the nightby Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Moby Dickby Herman Melville

Correctionby Thomas Bernhard

The demonsby Fedor Dostoievski

Wolf furby Hans Lebert

The shipyardby Juan Carlos Onetti

Great Sertón: Sidewalksby João Guimarães Rosa

Hadrian’s Memoriesby Marguerite Yourcenar

Complete storiesby Flannery O’Connor

Marie Modiano

Dark Avenuesby Ivan Bounine

Big hopesby Charles Dickens

Precious baneby Mary Webb

Under the volcanoby Malcolm Lowry

Prose of the Trans-Siberian and the little Jehanne of Franceby Blaise Cendrars

Fri by Samuel Beletby Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz

In familleby Marie NDiaye

Le petit monde from rue Krochmalnaby Isaac Bashevis Singer

The wide Sargasso Seaby Jean Rhys

Lord of the barnyardby Tristan Egolf

Cristina Morales

Cannot be decolonized without depatriarcalisationby María Galindo

Journey to the end of the night, Louis-Ferdinand Céline

My relationship with foodby Angélica Liddell

What will i do with this swordby Angélica Liddell

All whoresby Hernán Migoya

Frankensteinby Mary Shelley

I will learn to pray to achieve itby Víctor Balcells

Chatterby Juan Bonilla

Against democracy, from Coordinated Anarchist Groups

No woman is born for a whore, by María Galindo and Sonia Sánchez

Karina Sainz Borgo

The Qujioteby Miguel de Cervantes

Madame Bovaryby Gustave Flaubert

Heart so whiteby Javier Marías

Berta Islaby Javier Marías

Antigoneby Sophocles

The origin, the basement, the breath, the cold, a childby Thomas Bernhard

The dark side of the Heartby Joseph Conrad

The Golden Notebookby Doris Lessing

Family lexiconby Natalia Ginzburg

The catby Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Pedro Paramoby Juan Rulfo

Conversation in the cathedralby Mario Vargas Llosa

One hundred years of solitudeby Gabriel García Márquez

The painter of battlesby Arturo Pérez Reverte

Marta Sanz

A stunning blondeby Dorothy Parker

The loverby Marguerite Duras

The broken laceby Emilia Pardo Bazán

The beautiful summerby Cesare Pavese

Awarenessby Zeno de Svevo

The good soldierby Ford Madox Ford

Lazarillo de Tormes

Tormentby Benito Pérez Galdós

Poet in New Yorkby Federico García Lorca

Complete poetryby César Vallejo

Pedro Paramoby Juan Rulfo

Family lexiconby Natalia Ginzburg

Bestial crimesby Patricia Highsmith

Miriam Toews

Random Familyby Adrienne Nicole LeBlanc

Crime and Punishmentby Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Grapes of Wrathby John Steinbeck

To the lighthouseby Virginia Woolf

The Diaries of Jane Somersby Doris Lessing

Women’s lifeby Alice Munro

Wild detectives, Roberto Bolaño

A walk on the wild sideNelson Algren

Harriet the Spyby Louise Fitzhugh

Cue for Treasonby Geoffrey Trease

Manuel Vilas

The castleby Franz Kafka

The verb peopleby Jaime Gil de Biedma

The Karamazov brothersby Fyodor Dostoevsky

Koba, the fearsomeby Martin Amis

Anyby Carmen Laforet

Wavesby Virginia Woolf

Wuthering Heightsby Emily Brontë

The reality and desireby Luis Cernuda

The innocent saintsby Miguel Delibes

The science treeby Pío Baroja

Alejandro Zambra

The little virtuesby Natalia Ginzburg

Metaphor and memoryby Cynthia Ozick

Complete storiesby Lydia Davis

Complete storiesby Hebe Uhart

The empty bookby Josefina Vicens

My friendsby Emmanuel Bove

The promise of dawnby Romain Gary

The Tartar desertby Dino Buzzati

The luminous novelby Mario Levrero

The palace of laughter, by Germán Marín


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