these are a few of the works I consider essential. they have helped form my approach to literature, theory, and writing. hence, this is a personal canon.

Søren Kierkegaard – Fear and Trembling
Friedrich Nietzsche – The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, On the Genealogy of Morals
Martin Heidegger – Being and Time, The Question Concerning Technology
Maurice Blanchot – The Space of Literature, The Infinite Conversation, The Writing of the Disaster
Emmanuel Levinas – Totality and Infinity
Gilles Deleuze – Nietzsche & Philosophy
Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish, Power/Knowledge
Jean-Luc Nancy – Being Singular Plural
Charlotte Delbo – Auschwitz and After, Days and Memory
Jean Genet – Our Lady of the Flowers, The Thief’s Journal
Samuel Beckett – Watt, Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable, Worstward Ho, The Complete Shorter Prose
Hermann Melville – Moby-Dick, Bartleby, the Scrivener
William Faulkner – Absalom, Absalom!
Cormac McCarthy – Blood Meridian
William Carlos Williams – Paterson
W.S. Merwin – Migrations
Richard Hugo – Making Certain It Goes On
James Welch – Fools Crow
Toni Morrison – Beloved
Barry Lopez – Arctic Dreams
Péter Nádas – A Book of Memories
Mathias Énard – Zone
Franz Kafka – The Complete Stories
W.G. Sebald – The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, After Nature, Austerlitz
Rainer Maria Rilke – Duino Elegies
Paul Celan – The Sand from the Urns
Jorge Luis Borges – Labyrinths
Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Julio Cortázar – Hopscotch, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds








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