“There is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can’t get away from the fact that Europe still is the center of the literary world...not the United States. The US is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature...That ignorance is restraining.”
Horace Engdahl, former permanent secretary of the Nobel Prize.
Only the truth.
Maybe before the twentieth century, but Pound alone makes the US a contender in the literary scene; and if you also consider Eliot, Crane, Ashbery, Faulkner, Nabokov (technically), Gaddis, Hawkes, Barthelme, Barth, McElroy, Mano, Burroughs, Coover, Vollmann, Theroux, Wallace, and Gass--my personal favorite--it becomes obvious that, for the latter half of the century, at least, America was, in terms of literature, the most wealthy country in the world. Though, I have to say, France comes pretty close.
Where do I start /lit/?
>Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic.
How's the writing career coming, /lit/?
The only way I can convince myself to start writing is when I suddenly catch a visceral sense of motivation about once every 2nd day or so. Then as I contemplate the idea of writing I enjoy this imagined sense of superiority over all the people I know who have made efforts artistically and who I'm going to be better than. I enjoy knowing in that moment that I am a special talent that just hasn't gotten round to action.
I then realise that this motivation to write only exists as means to be revered and respected as a great and I figure that to be truly great...
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I've finally accepted that I'm only good at academic writing. So I'm finishing my master's and enrolling for a PhD, to become a badly-payed academic for the rest of my humble existence. I'll literally only be a footnote in history.
Who's more realistic, Huxley or Orwell?
Orwell desu. Huxley got a lot of the social stuff right, but the digital surveillance network the US government is currently assembling is straight out of Orwell. Personally I thought Huxley's vision was also generally less true to life because of the Christcuck Mary Sue protagonist.
I have a fedora tipping friend who is barely literate. The only book he has ever read in it's entirety is The God Delusion, and he spends all of his free time, arguing with people on facebook about religion,
he even starts conversations with strangers in public about religion, I guess you could say he is an evangelical atheist.
He just told me he has started reading pic related.
I told him he is a choir demanding to be preached to, and he responds by saying "Hey as long as it motivates me to read."
Are the Bible and the Quran similar in a poetic-story way?
I started reading the Bible 6 months ago and even though the version I have states that most of "the law" shows the culture the priests had at that time; it isn't so similar than things in m*slim countries today. And I don't know if the culture of the law is going to be different in the whole book
Is the story at least different from the Quran?
I'm really ignorant and I never received Christian education, I live in a fedora country so I may be wrong on everything I said
The Qur'an mentions many characters from the Old and New Testaments, Jesus more than any other. There are also several stories from the Bible told in the Qur'an, although with some rather significant differences. The teaching in Islam is that the stories in the Bible are corrupted and that the Qur'an provides the correct version.
Hey there /lit/
Help a pleb out, please
Recently, I developed a real interest in reading
I've only read Faulkner and Camus so far
Today I managed to buy Ulysses and Moby Dick for ten bucks, which is really cheap where I live
Which one should I read first?
Joyce is actually one author whose works it's a really good idea to read chronologically. That means starting him with Dubliners. Moby Dick is a good read; just be aware that there are cetology sections that might not seem interesting
but actually are.
Sum up a novel in one image, I'll start.
>he wants to be an author
What's new? There's a big difference between "I hate my job and would like the freedom and acclaim I imagine writers enjoy" and "I have written a novel that isn't just masturbation and will now try to sell it."
>itt authors better on audiobook than in print
Is it worth it to read In Search of Lost Time even if it's going to be in a translation? I've heard a lot of good things about Proust's prose and wanted to try it out, but I'm afraid that some of the "mastery" will be lost in translation. This definitely happened a little bit to me with certain authors like Kafka and Dostoevsky. If yes, which translation is best?
Yes. The Moncrieff translation is magnificent and considered by many to be the best English translation of all time.
The book doesn't lose its psychological insight and chilled atmosphere in Moncrieffs translation anyway. Proust had a great understanding of relationships and obsession.
Are there any books that you love but don't exactly have the best prose?
Why does it seem like most e/lit/ist are old (50s) while /v/irgins are all teenagers?
Where do I download free real ebooks?
I don't want to end up downloading some Chinese knockoff shit with incorrect text.