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These are the shortest novels by 20 writers you should have already been reading.
You want to go to Pynchon (or Bolaño, or Morrison, or Woolf), but you lack the necessary spare minute and perhaps the necessary concentration? Many famous writers whose work is theoretically attractive but impermeable - be it because the works themselves are nororiously complicated or because they have authored so many that you don't know where to begin.
Sure, you could begin with her most famous book, but if your actual, confidential aim is just to say that at your next pub you were reading (and not lying) like this, why not begin with herhorst? In order to help you in your rewarding endeavour, I have selected the briefest books that have been composed by a select group of authors.
I have ruled out non-fiction and non-fiction in my assessment, but permitted amendments because the amendment is at best blurred in its definitions. "Bolaño once said, "The only novel that doesn't put me at a loss is Antwerp," if you believe the back of the book in questions. Most of Morrison’ books are quite welcoming, though often hard, but she is another canonically productive author who still produces, so there is a great deal to do.
Famous for his talkativeness, his pun and his literature tricks, Nabokov may seem either tempting or intolerable to you. Be that as it may, you can start with your brief and absurd 4th novel, which more or less begins with the narrator's suicide and continues from there. DeLillo' s briefest novel - even if hardly short of The Body Artist - is one of his most retrospective.
Baldwin's shorter novel is also (probably) his most famous - although to be honest, I would say that his non-fiction puts all his fictions in the shade, both in meaning and place in the world. Woolf's last novel, her shortst-- isn't widely rehearsed. This is a piece that was performed in an English mansion shortly before the Second World War.
And I didn't know how hard it was until I saw it. He was Bulgakovs last novel, although he published several pieces and compilations of comics. It all looks brief and easy to access in comparison to Finnegan Wake?s. The best place to get started with Joyce is Dubliners, but since it's a compilation of stories, this one will have to do.
The majority of humans go to Denis Johnson through Jesus' son, which is all well and good, but it is relatively uncommon for anyone to speak about his ten fiction (except for the solid Tree of Smoke, which won the National Book Award), not to speak of his five volumes of poems or his work. I' ve not been reading everything, but from what I've been reading, Train Dreams is the most graceful, the shortest, and the most graceful way to do it. It makes me feel like it's destined to be read: on the way from one place to another.
All of us are reading this in high schools for one thing - Dostoevsky's books are known to be thick, long and good, Russian, which can be inconceivable. Dostoyevsky is also a high-quality novel that is ideal for starting a lifetime in Dostoyevskydom. It' s not easy to know where to begin with Murakami - there's so much and everything seems to be celebrated in equal measure (although the solid fiction is very popular, at least in America) and just as weird.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is the place to begin for the transcript, but if you want the quickest way to the Murakami fan, you can try his very first - although you probably have to chase after it, since his first books are much less omnipresent in this land than his later work. Typical of Lessing, her briefest novel defies categorisation, but it could be described as a nightmare tale about raising children, in which the titulare fifth kid turns the "perfect" world of a happy couple overside.
That is the only Philip Roth book I have ever finished, but that was mainly due to the Kafka settlement. I' ve been reading Roth now and I won't be.