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The MUST READ BOOKs thread.

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    Posted: 07-Jun-2007 at 10:41
Which books and literary works of your culture or your country's culture are a must read?
 
 
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  Quote kotumeyil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Jun-2007 at 04:27
A few pieces from Turkey (Spartakus, as you learn Turkish, take a look at the republican era piecesWink):
 
In Turkish:
-Hsn- Aşk (Husn and Ashk) by Sheikh Galib (Ottoman Sufi Poet)
-Seyahatname (Travelogue) by Evliya Chelebi (Ottoman Traveller)
-Rubab-i Shikeste (broken saz) Haluk'un Defteri (Haluk's Notebook) by Tevfik Fikret (Ottoman Poet)
-Makber by Abdulhak Hamid Tarhan (Ottoman Poet)
-Safahat by Mehmet Akif Ersoy (Ottoman Poet)
 
Republican Era:
 
-Tutunamayanlar (Disconnectus Erectus) and Tehlikeli Oyunlar (Dangerous Games) by Oguz Atay (novel)
- İnce Memed (Memed My Hawk) Dağın te Yz (The Other Side of The Mountain) by Yashar Kemal (novel)
-Saatleri Ayarlama Enstits (Time Regulation Institute) and Huzur (A Mind in Peace) by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (novel) 
-Anayurt Oteli (Motherland Hotel) by Yusuf Atılgan (novel)
-Kara Kitap (The Black Book) by Orhan Pamuk
-Memleketimden İnsan Manzaraları (Human Landscapes from My Country), Yeni Şiirler (New Poems),  Simavne Kadısı Oğlu Şeyh Bedreddin Destanı (The Epic of Shaykh Bedreddin, Son of the Judge of Simavne) by Nazim Hikmet Ran (Poet)
-Yaban (The Stranger) by Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu (novel)
-Hasretinden Prangalar Eskittim (I used up Shackles Longing You) by Ahmed Arif (Poem)
 
-Theope by Coskun Bktel (A play-tragedy)
-Geyikler Lanetler (Deers and Curses) by Murathan Mungan (Play)
 
In Persian: Mesnevi by Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi (Seljuk Sufi)


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In English language, these are a few classics I really enjoyed.

- Shakespeare; Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, there are many others but these are the one's I had the fortune of studying, they're all fantastic.
 
- Chaucer; The Canterbury Tales (its amazing how he hits the nail on its head when writting about human behaviour and how little we change despite the fact he wrote it centuries ago)
 
- Brian Friel; "Translations"
 
- William Golding; "Lord of the Flies"
 
- Harper Lee; "To Kill a Mockingbird"
 
 
 
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  Quote Bulldog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Jun-2007 at 18:37
In Turkish language,
 
- Dede Qorqud; Kitab-i Dede Qorqud (1300 year old Unesco award winning epic)
- Kasgarli Mahmud; Diwn-ı Lgati't-Trk
- Yusuf Haj Hajib;  Kutadgu Bilig (Wisdom of Royal Glory)
- Ahmet Yasavi; Hikmet
- Yunus Emre; Divan & Risalet-n-Nushiyye
- Ali sher Navoi; Muhakamat al-Lughatayn, Khamsa
- Babur Khan; Bāburnāma
- Fuzuli; Şikyetnme (شکايت نامه; "Complaint")
- Khatai (Shah Ismail I); Divan
- Nedim; Divan-i Nedim
- Cingiz Aytmatov; Jamilya, Gn Uzar Yzyıl Olur" (gave meaning and popularity to the term "mankurt".)
 
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  Quote AyKurt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jun-2007 at 17:19
Originally posted by Bulldog

- Kasgarli Mahmud; Diwn-ı Lgati't-Trk
 
I came across this earlier LOL
 
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  Quote Dolphin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Jul-2007 at 05:50

Does poetry count?

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  Quote Exorsis C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Jul-2007 at 03:05
In Sweden, these authors are considered a must-read:
 
August Strindberg
Selma Lagerlf
Wilhelm Moberg
 
There are more, but I can't think of their names right now. It's early, and I've just started working, so my brain isn't really working all that well for the moment. I'll add more names when I can remember them. :)
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Jul-2007 at 21:56
In Spanish you must read the following:
 
Mio Cid - Anonimous (Middle Ages)
Don Quixote - Cervantes
Poetry of Antonio Machado
Book of Sand/Fictions/The Aleph - JL Borges
100 years of Solitude -  Garcia Marquez
Canto General - Pablo Neruda (The poetical Bible of the Americas)
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
The handbook of the Perfect Idiot - several authors (I recommed it)
 
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