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    Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 06:12
Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878 - 1940) - "Truth and Justice" This 5 volume novel is unofficially admitted as "the Estonian novel"

Jaan Kross - he has been translated into English and German atleast so he must be easily accessible for ones interested. "The emperors madman" is one mentionable work.
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I actually prefere Narziss and Goldmund and the Prodigy to the Glass Bead Game but that's probably because they are 'easier' reads. Doblin should also take a bow, he is greatly overlooked - November 1918: A German Revolution is a masterpiece. English authors worth checking against the likes of Dickens - Gissing - The Nether World - a much more evocative picture of Victorian London poverty than Dickens ever managed and Patrick Hamilton, brilliant books about London in the 1930s.     

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  Quote Anton Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Mar-2007 at 17:45
Originally posted by Brian J Checco

That was unfair of me. Let me re-state my meanings...

I beleive 'writer' and 'thinker' ought to be synonymous for the simple reason that the people broadcasting 'thought' had ought to be intellient people, which, up until half a century ago, meant 'writer' (if for the simple fact that the common people were illiterate). Nowawadays, though, I don't know if that's necessarily the case. But I believe that good writers are able to enlighten the 'literate' class (meaning; "people who bother to try"), and provide them with insights as to the human condition.

 
It was unfair indeed, mate Smile Keeping in mind that it was my humble opinion which I don't insist to be true. I am a big fan of Borges and statement that he was not a writer is not a disrespect to his work. What I mean is that his escellent ideas and thoughts were not expressed in the best way he could do this. His essays are not of easy reading. Following a frequent tendency to compare Latin American writers I may say that Cortazar and Marquez are "writers" whereas Borges was a "thinker". And all of them were genius people which every intelligent person should read.
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I know this is all personal preferences, but I would hardly consider Poe to be one of the best American authors. I don't see how Poe could compare with Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, or Fitzgerald.

Personally, I think Poe is overrated.
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  Quote Brian J Checco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Mar-2007 at 01:16
That was unfair of me. Let me re-state my meanings...

I beleive 'writer' and 'thinker' ought to be synonymous for the simple reason that the people broadcasting 'thought' had ought to be intellient people, which, up until half a century ago, meant 'writer' (if for the simple fact that the common people were illiterate). Nowawadays, though, I don't know if that's necessarily the case. But I believe that good writers are able to enlighten the 'literate' class (meaning; "people who bother to try"), and provide them with insights as to the human condition.

Back to the subject... Sherwood Anderson would be another great writer from America, along the same lines as William Faulkner.
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  Quote Brian J Checco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Mar-2007 at 01:09
... Borges not a 'special' writer? Wow, friend... aren't 'thinkers' and 'writers' supposed to be synonymous? Or has this post-modernist cluster f*ck outsourced that too?
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  Quote Anton Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Feb-2007 at 19:33
Originally posted by pinguin

Borges was a genious. It is so sad he never received the Nobel prize that he deserved.
 
He was genious indeed, but I wouldn't say he was writer. He was a kindof "thinker" whereas his writing skills were not somewhat special. Which does not make his stories less interesting. IMHO.
 
My country is not famous by its writers but we have some good as well. From classic ones I would name Ivan Vazov and Elin Pelin. From modern ones the best is Teodora Dimova and her novel "Emine".
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Borges is so ridiculously imaginative and concise that every time I read one of his stories, I have to close the book, and sit and meditate for about half an hour. His works just destroy my pre-conceptions about the material world about me, one word at a time. A remarkable, destructive, lovely experience every single time.
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I read an essay of an argentinean scholar, called Carlos Abraham, about Borges. He says Borges great masters were SF and terror writers, particularly H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis (space series) and Lovecraft, authors that he admired very much. However, Borges insisted in converting every idea into the classical literary cannon.
 
That's why is so surprise in his story "Tlon, Uqbar, Ordis Tertius", the reader makes a "space travel" to a very distant planet, called Tlon. But he does not need space ships to do it, but just reading a book.
 
Borges was a genious. It is so sad he never received the Nobel prize that he deserved.
 
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PS- Anyone read any Celine? I'm about to jump into Journey to the End of the Night. I'm a bit intimidated.


Don't be. In my opinion it didn't age very well.
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Pinguin, do you know this faboulous writter from your country named Patricio Manns?
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Patricio Manns, the composer?
 
Actually, it is not very famous as a writer in here. As far as I know. Sorry.
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  Quote Brian J Checco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Feb-2007 at 15:13
Originally posted by pinguin

Well, the post writers from "your" country.
 
Now, I agree, Borges was an extraordinary writer of fantastic tales. I don't believe he is a modern day "Homer", because Homer didn't have that imagination.  Now, Borges is a "metaphysical" philosopher rather than an average writer. Perhaps Phillip K. Dick was so nut as him, although Borges just need a short story to express an universe.
 
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Borges is so ridiculously imaginative and concise that every time I read one of his stories, I have to close the book, and sit and meditate for about half an hour. His works just destroy my pre-conceptions about the material world about me, one word at a time. A remarkable, destructive, lovely experience every single time.
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  Quote Maharbbal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 22:00
Pinguin, do you know this faboulous writter from your country named Patricio Manns?

In French I'd say my favourite writters are:
Laclos (Dangerous liason), Stendhal (The Chartehouse of Parma), Moliere (the Misanthropist), Jean Cocteau, Pierre Mac Orlan, Simenon and Jean-Jacques Schulze.
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Well, the post writers from "your" country.
 
Now, I agree, Borges was an extraordinary writer of fantastic tales. I don't believe he is a modern day "Homer", because Homer didn't have that imagination.  Now, Borges is a "metaphysical" philosopher rather than an average writer. Perhaps Phillip K. Dick was so nut as him, although Borges just need a short story to express an universe.
 
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Borges, anyone? Any takers? He's probably my favorite writer of all-time. He's Argentinian, and I consider the man to be a modern-day Homer.

John, the only reason I prefer Hemingway, is, as I said before, taste. I am also a huge fan of John Steinbeck. Hell, I love so many authors, I'd have a hard-time naming them all.

For German writers, I also really like Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The Sorrows of Young Werther is a damn fine read.
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Matthew Reilly writes some excellent books...but be sure you have your seatbelt on before you start reading!...if you get my gist
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Brian I would have to disagree with you about Hemingway being the be all and end all of American literature. In my eyes although Hemingway is in the top 5 of American writers I would argue that Edgar Allen Poe would be the top American author.

I personally prefer Brit Lit though especially the likes of Hardy, Dickens, and Kipling. My favorite writer although happens to be the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin MacDonaugh. I am such a fan of his because his characters are so real and he really captures the nuances and minor differences between the good and the bad. Case in point his plays "The Pillowman" and "The Beauty Queen of Lenane."
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First havo, then I did vwo on another school so I could put it on my list again. Two for one...Big%20smile 
 
I like Mulisch, I read a lot of his books. (I had to read a total of 50 books Dutch literature for school, I must say that most Dutch literature is intensely boring, but Mulisch is quite fun)
 
wow Big%20smile you must be or an very hard worker or an smart adult
 
yes the most dutch literature is very boring
 
ok you like Harry mullisch I like Shakespeare


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From my country, Chile, some writers known abroad are:
 
Isabel Allende (The house of spirits) The most famous.
 
Roberto Bolao
Luis Sepulveda
Jose Donoso
Ariel Dorfman
Vicente Huidobro
 
And two winners of the Nobel Price:
 
Pablo Neruda
Gabriela Mistral
 
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First havo, then I did vwo on another school so I could put it on my list again. Two for one...Big%20smile 
 
I like Mulisch, I read a lot of his books. (I had to read a total of 50 books Dutch literature for school, I must say that most Dutch literature is intensely boring, but Mulisch is quite fun)

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