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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Books read in 2013

Read in 2013 (96 = 59 + 37; NF 19) 

FICTION IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION --  (21): The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu [translated by Royall Tyler], Casanova in Bolzano by Sandor Marai, Decameron by Giovani Boccaccio [translated by G. H. McWilliam], The Masterpiece by Emile Zola, Palace of Desire by Naquib Mahfouz (translated by William Maynard Hutchins), The Master and the Margarita by Michail Bughalov, The Unknown Masterpiece and Gambara by Honore Balzac, An Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago, The Fall by Albert Camus (translated by Justin O'Brien), The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, Trouble in Gangtok and The Secret of the Cemetry (Adventures of Feluda) by Satyajit Ray (translated by Gopa Majumdar), Sugar Street by Naquib Mahfouz, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov (adapted by David Mamet), The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata, A Hero of Our Times by Mikhail Lermontov, The Gospel According to the Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago (translated by Giovanni Pontiero), Monkey: A Folk Novel of China by Wu Che'ng-en (translated by Arthur Waley), Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami,

NOVEL / FICTION IN ENGLISH (16): The Man Who Would be the King and other stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Gent by Washington Irving, Beethoven was One Sixteenth Black and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer, Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, (Captain Courageous by Rudyard Kipling), Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell, Deception by Philip Roth, Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells, Tar Baby by Toni Morrison, Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Painter of Signs by RK Narayan, Summer Crossing by Truman Capote, Vanity of Duluoz by Jack Kerouac, Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee.

ENGLISH POETRY (35): The Odes of Horace or Quintas Horatius Flacus in Latin & in English: Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & The Ceremonial Hymn (translated by Len Krisak), Collected Poems by Nissim Ezekiel (including A Time to Change, Sixty Poems, The Third, The Unfinished Man, The Exact Name, Hymns in Darkness & Later Day Psalms), The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of the Poetry Magazine edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman, A Further Range, A Witness Tree, Steeple Bush, In the Clearing, A Masque of Reason and A Masque of Mercy by Robert Frost, The Art of Writing: Lu Chi's Wen Fu (translated by Sam Hamill), Islamic Mystical Poetry Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi by Mahmood Jamal, Cemetery Nights by Stephen Dobyns, Hymns from Adi Granth (included in Khushwant Singh's A History of Sikhs), Your Native Land, Your Life by Adrienne Rich, Sonnets to Orpheus by Ranier Maria Rilke, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso: The Divine Comedy by Dante (Translated by Henry Longfellow), The Coney Island State of Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Blood Orange by Angela Narciso Torres, King Me by Roger Reeves, Diving into the Wreck and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth by Adrienne Rich.

Hindi / Urdu / Punjabi (3+2+1) Raag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla, Uttaradhikari by Yashpal, Mansarovar: Bhaag 1 by Munsi Premchand, Awaazon ke Ghere by Dushyant Kumar, Deepshikha by Mahadevi Verma
Nepali Kranti Katha by Phanishwarnath Renu, 

Sanskrit (0+0): 

MAHABHARATA (by Mahrishi Ved Vyas; tr. by Kisari Mohun Ganguly) (0/18): 

PHILOSOPHY / RELIGION / MYTHOLOGY  (0): 

NON-FICTION (13): India: A Wounded Civilization by V. S. Naipaul, The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World by Stephen Mansfield, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, Sor Juana  by Octavio Paz, Red Sun by Sudeep Chakravarti, (Crying by Tom Lutz), The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe, A History of Sikhs, Volume 1: 1469-1839 and Volume II: 1839-2004 by Khushwant Singh, Soldier Sahibs by Charles Allen, Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande, Of Africa by Wole Soyinka, The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back by Yuvraj Singh with Sharda Ugra and Nishant Jeet Arora,

POPULAR SCIENCE / ECONOMICS (5): Chaos by James Gleick, Froth by Mike Denny, Soap Bubbles by C. V. Boys, (Soap, Science and Flat Screen TVs: A History of Liquid Crystals by David Dunmur and Tim Sluckin),  The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck.

 Favorite reads of the year (Fiction / Novels /Short Stories/ Non-Fiction)
(1) The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu [translated by Royall Tyler]
(2) The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz (translated by William Maynard Hutchins)
(3) Monkey: A Folk Novel of China by Wu Che'ng-en (translated by Arthur Waley)
(4) The Man Who Would be the King and other stories by Rudyard Kipling
(5) Collected Poems by Nissim Ezekiel
(6) Decameron by Giovani Boccaccio [translated by G. H. McWilliam]
(7) The Divine Comedy by Dante [translated by Longfellow]
(8) Raag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla
(9) A History of Sikhs, Volume 1: 1469-1839 and Volume II: 1839-2004 by Khushwant Singh
(10) The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
(11) Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
(12) The Masterpiece by Emile Zola
(13) Your Native Land, Your Life, Diving into the Wreck and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth by Adrienne Rich
(14) Sor Juana  by Octavio Paz,  
(15) Red Sun by Sudeep Chakravarti,  
(16) The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe

(If I am through more  than 50% of the book, it goes into the list of the year past, otherwise it appears in the new list next year. See here for the books read in 2012, with a selection of my favorite reads in the year past.)

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