American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

There have been written many books which chief attempts as novels were to
encapsulate more or less overwhelming but, nevertheless, entrancing slices of a vast
and astonishing variety of incarnations of and inclinations towards (outwards and
inwards too!) the leitmotif of loneliness.

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A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (1982, tr. 1989)

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (1982, tr. 1989)

On November 25th 1970 the most prominent Japanese novelist, Yukio Mishima, committed ritual seppuku after staging a theatrical protest/coup in favor of restoring the imperial system to power.  That event sent shockwaves throughout Japan and the Western literary world

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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1980, tr. 1983)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1980, tr. 1983)

This past February, one of the most brilliant contemporaries in the literary world passed away.  His name was Umberto Eco, who was an Italian professor in semiotics.  In 1980, he won surprising acclaim in the Italian publishing world for The Name of the Rose, and later, in 1983, he had similar international success with the English translation.  

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