17 july 1987
PREDRAG'S LIST OF BOOKS WORTH READING
Books I would like to read:
Niall Whelan (Nov 9, 98): in your list of great western literature there is nary a mention of Shakespeare. Oversight or do you share Stephen Creagh's opinion that Shakespeare is overrated?
Branka Viker-Young (Jul 29, 99): As I think that you might have some, even loose, connection with eather former or current Yugoslavia, I am surprised tha Ivo Andric is not included in your list. I have read 'Na Drini Cuprija' in English and Serbo-Croat and I was indeed greatly impressed. OK, so I might be somewhat subjective, but Andric did get the Nobel prize for this novel. Incluson of Baudelaire meets my approval, as does 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'. By the way, have you read Danilo Kis's 'The Encyclopaedia of the Dead' or anything by Aleksander Tisma? Well worth looking into.
Predrag: Andric is wonderful, but Krleza is untranslatably amazing. OK, "The Bridge on the River Drina" should be on the list for those of limited mastery of all of the Austro-Hungarian languages. Of course, Kis and Tisma deserve to get on some list. I was young and fearless when I first compiled it. My consolation is that it the overlap with any other top 100 books list is minimal.
Bojan Tunguz (Oct 11, 2000): Ako imate vremena, ja bih preporuci da procitate i Nabokovu "Lolitu" i Lemov "Solaris."
Predrag: I read them, read them. Then one could say one liked "Pale Fire" and "Perfect Vacuum" better. This story will never end.
Marcos Marino (Aug 13, 2001): Your literature list is pretty sensible. I definitely encourage you to read Proust, and I would recommend Foucault "Discipline and punishment" or "The order of things" instead of "Folie et deraison." Predrag: First Professor Foucoff made a pass at a male friend of mine in Cornell student cafeteria. Then there was a front page of Le Monde (or was it Liberation?) attack on Kosturica's "Underground" by the french Philosophe #1, followed by a fierce counterattack on a front page of Liberation (or was it Le Monde?) by the french Philosophe #2. That neither had actually SEEN the movie seemed not to matter. Then there was "L' affaire Sokal" (I met her after she had married him, and she is indeed very sweet). So I gave up on reading les Philosophes.