Some Suggested Reading (Eastern European literature, 20th Century German lit, Magical Realism, Historical “chick lit” etc.)

Note that I am a German major with an English minor that focuses on Gender studies. Upon reading this list, that fact shall become very obvious, but I thought perhaps I should warn you first. I will also be noting in what language the original version is written in if it was not originally published in English. As is the standard for general punctuation rules, shorts stories will be indicated by parentheses and dramas and novels will be in italics. This could also be taken as a comprehensive list of influences over my writing.

Franz Kafka: “In the Penal Colony” , “Metamorphosis”, “The Hunger Artist” (German)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway, The Voyage Out

Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera (Spanish)

Christoph Ransmeyr: Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes (German) As of yet, no English translation. . .but there is now a Czech translation. And interestingly, I lived for 3 weeks and attended an Austrian dialect language camp in the author’s hometown near Gmunden and Traunsee. I find Ransmeyr interesting because he cannot seem to stay put in one place for too long. This book is about his many travels and all of the countries and cities he has resided in, written in a tense that takes time for granted. I have lived in two of the cities he has lived in (one of them–I currently live in).

Isabel Allende: House of the Spirits (Spanish)

Paulo Coelho: Veronica Decides to Die, (Portuguese) By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept (Portuguese) The Devil and Miss Prym (Portuguese) (All are a trilogy of sorts and meant to be read together, as they cover the same themes.)

Toni Morrison: Sula, Beloved

Libba Bray: A Great and Terrible Beauty (3-part trilogy)

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Guenter Grass: Der Blechtrommel, (German) (English: The Tin Drum)

Maquis de Sade: Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom (French)

Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights


K.H. Strobl: “Das Aderlassmaennchen” (German)

Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange

William Blake: “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”, “Jerusalem”

Sherwood Smith: Crown Duel, Court Duel (2-part series)

Cherie Priest: Fathom, Dreadful Skin

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bram Stoker: Dracula, “The Vampire”

Dacre Stoker: Dracula II

Andrei Codrescu: The Blood Countess, The Exquisite Corpse magazine and series

Vea Kaiser: Blasmusikpop, (German) As of yet, no English translation, but is available now in Czech.

H.P. Lovecraft: “The Call of Cthulhu”, “Nyarlathotep” “At the Mountains of Madness”, “Imprisoned with the Pharaos”, “The Dreams in the Witch-House”

Edith Pattou: East

Thomas Hardy: “An Imaginative Woman”

Goethe: Urfaust, Faust (series) (German)

E.T.A. Hoffmann: “Der Sandmann” (German)

Prose Edda (Old Norsk)

Jorge Luis Borges: “The South”, “Ulrikke”, “The Library of Babel”, “Deutsches Requiem”, “The Secret Miracle”, “The Sect of the Phoenix”, (Spanish)





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