I am not a fan of fiction. Well, I WAS not a fan of fiction. However, I am now actively looking to change my reading interests. I think that this is necessary. More so, because at times, I go without reading books for days, since I spend days in finding and finalising next topic and books to be considered in non-fiction. Reading non-fiction is a careful exercise. You cannot read just any author. Also, you cannot be prejudiced against any author. I deliberate quite a lot on choosing the subject/author of my next book. Even though my political, social and economic opinions are quite firm and stable, I do like to, and in fact I do, read opinions from those having a view different from mine and see the world and its events differently.
From some time now, I have been wanting to make full strides into world of fiction. I made a few in the past, when I read Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot. I did make a few this year too. This year, I read Don Quixote, but since I am not too satisfied with the translation that I read, I would once again take up this book for reading. Now, I am setting my eyes and cognitive powers on the following list:
I would be reading each book on this list, over next few years. I will start from the 100th title, which is Austerlitz by W G Sebald and move towards the 1st title, which is Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes.
The journey through these 100 books will be long. Many world events will happen, my life will change, I may be deprived of the smaller luxuries that I happen to have currently at my disposal by my good fortune, many relationships will be broken, many new will be forged, many democracies will fall, many dictatorships will thrive, in short – a lot may happen and will happen over the course of finishing this list, and that in itself will make for a remarkable memoir!
Off to Austerlitz!