Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tom McCarthy's literary top 10

Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder, has a literary top 10 posted at

Two items on his list:
The book I’d most like to reread, if I could find it again

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. Tells you what to do if someone’s shooting at you, or a bear’s chasing you, or your parachute doesn’t work, and a bear’s shooting at you, etc.

Author I’d like to nominate for the Nobel Prize for literature

Alain Robbe-Grillet. Most important French post-war writer after Beckett and Claude Simon, who both won the prize. His whole aesthetic is about geometry, space, repetition – and psychosis.

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