Mainstream

Mundane Literature:



2019:



Un-PC British Farce: "Blott on the Landscape" by Tom Sharpe
Neocon Conspiracy Theories: "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand
Utter Trex: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
Dazzling and Mesmeric: "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel
Fight to the Death - Eça vs. Balzac: "The Yellow Sofa" by Eça de Queiroz
The All-Seeing-I: “Lost for Words” by Edward St. Aubyn
Jumble of Compulsions: "Submission" by Michel Houellebecq, Lorin Stein (Translator)


2018:


Self-Reflective Frisson: "Venice" by Jan Morris

SF or Not: "Shogun" by James Clavell
Timeless Humour: "Porterhouse Blues" by Tom Sharpe
Empty Philosophy: “O torcicologologista, Excelência” by Gonçalo M. Tavares

The Roman Way: "How to Grow Old - Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Gentle-Slide-into-Decrepitude-Concerning-Sex-in-Old-Age: “The Elegies of Maximianus" by Maximianus, A. M. Juster (Translator), Michael Roberts (Introduction)
Alekhine’s Embalmed Body: “Theory of Shadows” by Paolo Maurensig
Et ego in illo: “Baltasar and Blimunda” by José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)
The Stars Look Different Today: “The Somnambulist's Dreams” by Lars Jerlach
Wearing Mismatched Socks at Work is Empowering: "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, Gregory Hays (trans.)

Anomic Outsiders: "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
Fevered with Love's Anxiety: "Phantom Thread" by Paul Thomas Anderson
Hemingwayesque Style: "Frankenstein in Baghdad" by Ahmed Saadawi
Give Me a Boat: “The Tale of the Unknown Island” by José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)


2017:


Growth and Disillusionment: "Rebecca" by Dauphne du Maurier
Claustrophobic and Baroque Experience: "Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust
Such a Beautiful Hindquarter of Pork: "Emma" by Jane Austen
Darkness Changes Nothing: “Replacement” by Tor Ulven
Goodreads' Censorship: G.R. Reader's Off-Topic
Representation of Human: "The Odyssey" by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald; read by Dan Stevens)
RIP Brian Aldiss, 1925 - 1917: "The Brightfount Diaries" by Brian Aldiss
Legitimate Form of Writing: "Little Misunderstandings of No Importance" by Antonio Tabucchi, Frances Frenaye (translator)
I'm bovvered that I'm not bovvered: “Letter from Casablanca” by Antonio Tabucchi
The Emptiness of Literature: "Requiem - A Hallucination" by Antonio Tabucchi, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
Muriel Spark-ish Tartness: "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons
5th Commandment: "The Crime of Father Amaro" by Eça de Queiroz, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
A Strangely Claustrophobic Experience: “How Proust Can Change Your Life” by Alain de Botton
Ad majorem Dei gloriam: "Silence" by Martin Scorsese
Reading the Bible: “Who Wrote the Bible” by Richard Elliott Friedman



2016:



Ham-Fistedness: "Cinco Esquinas" by Mario Vargas Llosa
Silence In a World Full of Sound: "Pferde Stehlen" by Per Petterson
You're So Beautiful You Made Me Forget My Pick Up Line: "Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man" by Lawrence Block
The Portuguese Soul: "As Naus" by António Lobo Antunes
Literature Without Balls: "A General Theory of Oblivion" by José Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn (translator)
Northumbrian Humour: "The Throwback" by Tom Sharpe
Answer: In other words, everything else: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" by Raymond Carver, Gordon Lish
Head-hopping Done Right: "Pena Máxima" by Álvaro Cordeiro



2015:



Anna Karenina and a Glass of Remy Martin: "Sono" by Haruki Murakami
Tackle, Scrum, Ruck, Maul, Line-out: “Jonny – My Autobiography” by Jonny Wilkinson (and Owen Slot)
Stories Without People: "Histórias Falsas" by Gonçalo M. Tavares
Writing Is a Dangerous Form of Vanity: "Confession of the Lioness" by Mia Couto
Eduardo Lourenço's Musical Jottings: “Tempo da Música, Música do Tempo” by Eduardo Lourenço, Barbara Aniello (editor)

Thoughts on Translation: "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami


2014:


Fiction Without Fiction: "The Impostor" by Javier Cercas

2012:


Rarefied Heights: "Umbrella" by Will Self


2011:

"Martin Johnson Autobiography" by Martin Johnson
Pile of Unmitigated Shite: "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James


2006:


The Abyss of Horror: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy


2009:


The language of the book "Tod in Venedig"/"Death in Venice" by Thomas Mann


2008:


Philosophy in the Bedroom: "The 120 Days of Sodom" by Marquis De Sade
"Hinter fremden Türen" escrito por Kristin Marja Baldursdóttir, Uma "Gapy Hauptmann" islandesa, mas infinitamente melhor...

2006:


Dying-Off Readership: "Against the Day" by Thomas Pynchon
Whip-fucking Smart: "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace



2004:


Sidestepping of the Law: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Indian Oral Epics: "Mahabharata" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa



2003:


Hysterical Melodrama: "The Idiot" by by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett (Translator), Alan Myers (Translator), Joseph Frank (Introduction), Anna Brailovsky (Translator)
Baggy Literature: "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad


2002:


Working-Class Fiction: "The Rainbow" by D. H. Lawrence
VoxGirl: "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Biological Constructs: "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf
Me vs. Karjakin: "Schachnovelle" by Stefan Zweig
Unforced Intimacy: "Buchmendel" by Stefan Zweig
Extraordinary Coincidences: "The World of Yesterday" by Stefan Zweig
Hessian Fable: "The Glass Bead Game" by Hermann Hesse
Keep On Trying: "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy" by Laurence Sterne
The Eustace Diamonds: "The Palliser Novels" by Anthony Trollope
It Does Things: "Persona & Shame" by Ingmar Bergman
Rebarbativeness: "The Bell" by Iris Murdoch
Infection in Literature: "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck


2001:


Pre-Arthurian-Myth: "Beowulf" by Unknown, Seamus Heaney


2000:


Painting on a Small Canvas: "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen
The De-fanging of Menfolk: "The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
Tossed Hither and Thither: "Michael Kohlhaas" by Heinrich von Kleist
Anti-literary-flab: "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy


1999:


I killed Fiver: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams


1995:


Ones-self: "The Unconsoled" by Kazuo Ishiguro
Leopold Bloom, A Man For All Time: "Ulysses" by James Joyce
Causabon's Key To All Mythologies with Guinness and Opera: “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce
Addled Knight Goes Looking for Trouble and Finds It: "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes


1994:


Theories Galore: "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll


1992:


Droppingly Gorgeous Sentences: "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov


1990:



The Revelation of the Identical:"Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco



1989:



Stat rosa pristina nomine: "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco



1981:




Unhappy Philosopher: "The Street of Crocodiles" by Bruno Schulz
Tornagusto: "Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi, Gioia Fiammenghi (Trans.)
Double Entendres Galore: "Hopscotch" by Julio Cortázar
Profound Place: "Four Quartets" by T. S. Eliot
Kublai Khan: "The Wasteland, Prufrock and Other Poems" by T. S. Eliot
WWI Front Line: "The Dark Lantern" by Henry Williamson
Ruthless Pursuit: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Performing in Silence: “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea” by Yukio Mishima
Growing Inward: "The Blind Owl" by by Sadegh Hedayat
Would-Be Communism: "Chevengur" by Andrei Platonov, Anthony Olcott (Trans.)
Phallocracy: "Juliette" by by Marquis de Sade, Austryn Wainhouse (Trans.)
Mise en Abyme: "The Double" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Folksy Ways: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Buddhist Monk: "Under the Volcano" by Malcolm Lowry
Inflated Footnotes: "Lanark - A Life in Four Books" by Alasdair Gray
Corny not the Sublime: "Manfred" by Lord Byron
Hell-Fire: "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
Total Bastards: "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
Petty Judgementalism: "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
Hell on Earth: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by by Gabriel García Márquez
Hot Flushes and Palpitations: "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
D'Arcy is a Toad: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
Childhood Reading: "The Cay" by Theodore Taylor
Shakespeare's Excessiveness: "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville
Juxtaposing of Characters: "Agnes Grey" by Anne Brontë
Plinky Plonky: "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë
The Saintly St. John Rivers:"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë
The Lady is Dark: "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
Catch Tapeworms: "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins
Boarding Schools: "Tom Brown's Schooldays" by Thomas Hughes
This Time Ancient: "Absalom, Absalom!" by William Faulkner
Gray vs. Black: "The Story of Little Black Sambo" by Helen Bannerman
Cooks and Boxrooms: "Father Brown Stories" by G. K. Chesterton
Byronesque Bad Boys: "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë

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