The Books in my Life


  • The Iliad


  • The Aeneid


  • Metamorphosis

Dante Alighieri

  • La Vita Nuova
  • La Divinia Comedia

Fyodor Dostioevsky

  • Notes from Underground
  • House of the Dead
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Idiot

Ivan Goncharov

  • Oblomov

Nikolai Gogol

  • Dead Souls
  • The Nose
  • The Overcoat

Leo Tolstoy

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  • War and Peace

Mikhail Bulgakov

  • Morphine
  • Master and Margarita

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

  • The Sorrows of Young Werther
  • Faust

Thomas Mann

  • Magic Mountain
  • Death in Venice
  • Doctor Faustus

Louis Ferdinant Celine

  • Journey to the End of the Night
  • Death on Credit
  • Le Rigodoon
  • North
  • Castle to Castle

Nikos Kazantsakis

  • Zorba the Greek
  • Freedom or Death
  • Report to Greco

Marguarite Duras

  • Malady of Death

Albert Camus

  • The Stranger
  • The Myth of Sisyphus

Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Thus spoke Zarathustra
  • The Birth of Tragedy
  • Beyond Good and Evil

Sigmund Freud

  • Totem and Taboo
  • Civilization and its Discontents
  • The Ego and the Id
  • Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego

Ludwig Feuerbach

  • The Essence of Christianity

Karl Marx

  • Das Capital

Carl Jung

  • Psychological Types

Salman Rushdie

  • The Satanic Verses

Mikhail Bakhtin

  • The Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics

Henry Miller

  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • The Books of my Life

Philip Roth

  • The Great American Novel

Rene Girard

  • Violence and the Sacred

George Bataille

  • The Story of the Eye

August Strindberg

  • The New Arts! or The Role of Chance in Artistic Creation
  • Inferno, Alone and other writings

Knut Hamsun

  • Hunger
  • The Wanderer
  • Mysteries

Umberto Eco

  • Foucault’s Pendulum
  • In the Name of the Rose

Franz Kafka

  • The Trial
  • The Castle
  • A Hunger Artist

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  • The Gulag Archipelago

Herman Melville

  • Bartleby the Scrivener: a Story of Wall-street

James Joyce

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Orhan Pamuk

  • Istanbul

Eugenio Corti

  • The Red Horse

Italo Svevo

  • Confessions of Zeno

Guy de Maupassant

  • Bel-Ami

Andre Breton

  • Nadja

Anais Nin

  • The House of Incest

Brian Greene

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos

Eric A. Kandel

  • The Age of Insight

Vladimir Nabokov

  • Lolita
  • Mary

Stefan Zweig

  • The Royal Game

Jean-Paul Sartre

  • Being and Nothingness

Joseph Conrad

  • Heart of Darkness

Max Stirner

  • The Ego and Its Own


  • The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz
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