I am anxious about the classics. Have I read them well enough? Never. What am I doing reading these books am I succeeding? I end this year’s reading with a month’s list that includes the Kama Sutra, Job, Aurelius’s Meditations, — and two books I had long been meaning to reread: Michael Kohlhaas and Molloy. The only month in which my attention to the old was equal to December was January — during which I read some Virgil, Petronius, Sir Thomas Browne, Mandeville, and Anne Garréta’s Pas Un Jour.
The Kama-Sutra of Vatsyayana (c. 400 BC – 200 CE) (trans. Sir Richard Francis Burton, 1883)
The Book of Job, The Song of Solomon (King James Versions)
“Preface to the Hebrew Bible” – George Steiner
Meditations (c. 175 AD) – Marcus Aurelius
Michael Kohlhaas (1811) – Heinrich von Kleist
“I and My Chimney” (1856) – Herman Melville
Molloy (1951) – Samuel Beckett (trans. Beckett & Patrick Bowles, 1955)
Will West (1956) – Paul Metcalf
Moscow to the End of the Line (1968) – Venedikt Erofeev (trans.
Ecrire (1993) – Marguerite Duras
Mira Corpora (2014) – Jeff Jackson