Last week, I shared my thoughts about Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman, a make-believe memoir of a woman in her 70s, who has devoted her entire life to literature and translating novels that moved her – into Arabic. One of the greatest things I loved about the book is that it has introduced me to authors who were previously unknown to me, and made me keen to rediscover novelists whom I already know and am familiar with but haven’t read for quite awhile now.
Hence, I made a list of some of the books Aaliya mentioned, as well as the authors that she has referenced in the novel and some of their published works that I was able to find. It is to be noted though that I added a few more novels besides that caught my eye, written by the authors that Alameddine cited. I hope to read some of these, at least, in my lifetime. I did not include Roberto Bolaño in this list, since I already own most of his books, and it is my intention to tackle his 2666 for our upcoming reading theme – or so I declare.
The Lover | Wartime Notebooks | and Practicalities by Marguerite Duras, The Year Of The Death Of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago, Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong.
Your Face Tomorrow Volume 1: Fever And Spear by Javier Marias, Your Face Tomorrow Volume 2: Dance And Dream by Javier Marias, Your Face Tomorrow Volume 3: Poison, Shadow And Farewell by Javier Marias.
Maps by Nuruddin Farah, Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, Sensual Delights Of The Heart: A Tale Of Medieval Arab Erotica by Ahmad Al-Tifashi.
Have you read any of these books yet? Any title that caught your eye?