My Personal Canon | Time’s Flow Stemmed

This list emerged from a whimsical post I wrote about an imaginary desert island bookshelf, a private canon of great books, compiled with the limitation of one book per writer.

Mathias Enard, Compass
Michael Hamburger, String of Beginnings
Samuel Beckett, Watt
WG Sebald, After Nature
Clarice Lispector, Agua Viva
Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Franz Kafka, The Castle
Homer, Iliad
Geoff Dyer, The Colour of Memory
Gilbert Highet, The Classical Tradition
Roger Deakin, Notes From Walnut Tree Farm
Dante, Purgatory
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma
Peter Handke, Repetition
Jorge Semprún, Literature or Life
Aeschylus, Agamemnon
Pascal Quignard, The Roving Shadows
JM Coetzee, In the Heart of the Country
Mahmoud Darwish, Memory for Forgetfulness
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Kate Zambreno, Book of Mutter
Alice Oswald, Memorial
Laszlo Krasznahorkai, War and War
James Joyce, Dubliners
Roberto Calasso, La Folie Baudelaire
Tomas Espedal, Tramp
Christa Wolf, Cassandra
Grace Dane Mazur, Hinges
Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard
Sara Maitland, A Book of Silence
Claudio Magris, A Different Sea
Max Frisch, I’m Not Stiller
Brigid Brophy, The Snow Ball
Denton Welch, A Voice Through a Cloud
Nick Hunt, Walking the Woods and the Water
JG Ballard, Concrete Island
John Berger, Bento’s Sketchbook


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