Currently reading – Silas Marner, by George Eliot. “George Eliot” was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, one of England’s greatest authors, born in 1819. Most famous for her giant novel Middlemarch, Eliot’s work is known for its realism and psychological complexity. She died in 1880.
Currently reading – The Wedding of Zein, by Tayeb Salih. Born in 1929, Salih was one of Sudan’s greatest authors. This book contains a few of his short stories. I’ve read one of his novels, and he is a great writer. Salih died in 2009.
Currently reading – Apples from the Desert, by Savyon Liebrecht. Liebrecht is an Israeli author born in Germany to Polish Holocaust survivors in 1948. This is a book of her short stories.
Currently reading – Civilization and Its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud. Born in Austria in 1856, Freud was the father of psychoanalysis, among other things. He’s a mixed bag, and was a misogynist, but he does have his insights. I’ve had this book for a while, so I figured I’d read it.
Currently reading – What the Chickadee Knows, by Margaret Noodin. Born in 1965, Noodin is an American poet and professor of Anishinaabe descent.
Currently reading – Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi. Born in 1973, Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet, and documentary filmmaker. This surreal novel is about a scavenger in Baghdad who constructs a monster out of the body parts left from bombings.
Currently reading – A Ghost in the Throat, by Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Born in 1981, Ní Ghríofa is an Irish poet and writer. This book is made up of poetry (in English, but side by side with Irish versions), essays, and personal observations.
Currently reading – A Lucky Man: Stories by Jamel Brinkley. Brinkley is a young American writer.
Currently reading – Vintage Munro, by Alice Munro. This book is a compilation of stories from the Nobel Prize winner’s career, not a collection. Includes her Nobel speech.
Currently reading – Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Edith Grossman. This slim book was the Nobel Prize winner’s last completed novel and published in 2004. I remember reading about it when it came out but it’s taken me this long to get to it.