It is high time I joined in a reading challenge, and this one is the perfect choice! Five classics in January and February and, most crucially, they can be international classics! I am very excited about this one already. Here’s my list (version one!):
The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz (Mexico). On my shelf as I bought it a few weeks ago, but I doubt I’ll get round to it before Christmas, so it can be part of my challenge.
Cheri by Colette (France). Because I got it while in Paris and want to read it!
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong by Hyegyong Hong Ssi (Korea). Written by a crown princess of Korea in the 18th century, this memoir recounts the death of her father (placed inside a rice bin to starve because his son refused to kill himself) and the events in the court thereafter.
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (Russia). Massive poetic epic. It’s been on my shelf for years, and I’ve only ever watched the film (grossly different in some respects from the book, I’ve heard, and since I’m something of a purist it should make for interesting reading).
The Obscene Bird of the Night by Jose Donoso (Chile). The title of this is taken from a letter to Henry and William James from their father, and is apparently a very valuable contribution to the Magical Realism genre. The title actually refers to the dark side of the imagination.
I’ll probably change some of these as I go, depending on availability and what mood I am in during the first two months of next year – I have a list of other books I want to read from various countries and I’m sure some of those are classics too. All the same, I have some quality literature lined up for post-Christmas literary indulgence. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading!