Brilliant But Short

There’s a danger that this blog will become simply a collection of TBR lists.

I can think of worse things.

This one comes from Electric Literature’s Brilliant and Amazing Novels You Can Read In A Day.

For the record I posted this list in March of 2017.  I’m crossing out the books as I read them, and a couple that I read less than one year ago and don’t want to re-read yet.  They were all brilliant and amazing which is why I’ve decided to give the entire list a go.

  1. The Box Man by Kobo Abe
  2. Speedboat by Renata Adler
  3. The Literary Conference by César Aira
  4. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
  5. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  6. The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
  7. By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño
  8. In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
  9. Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
  10. The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino
  11. Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
  12. The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
  13. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  14. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
  15. Ray by Barry Hannah
  16. Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
  17. The Lime Twig by John Hawkes
  18. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  19. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  20. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  21. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
  22. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  23. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
  24. The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
  25. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
  26. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  27. Sula by Toni Morrison
  28. McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh
  29. The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
  30. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  31. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  32. Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser
  33. Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  34. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

  35. Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra