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World Map of literature

The Americas

Canada - Anne of Green Gables
U.S.A - To Kill a MockingBird 
Mexico - Pedro Paramo 
Guatemala - Men of Maize 
Belize - Beka Lamb 
Honduras - Cipotes 
El Salvador - Bitter Grounds 
Nicaragua - The Country Under my Skin 
Costa Rica - La Isla de los hombres solos 
Panama - Plenilunio 
Colombia - 100 Years of Solitude 
Venezuela - Dona Barbara 
Guyana - Palace of the Peacock 
Suriname - The Price of Sugar 
French Guiana - Papillon 
Ecuador - The Villager 
Brazil - Dom Casmurro 
Peru - Death in the Andes 
Bolivia - Bronze Race 
Paraguay - I the Supreme 
Argentina - Ficciones 
Chile - The House of the Spirits 
Uruguay - Soccer in the Sun and Shadow 
Cuba - Havana Bay 
Haiti - Breath, Eyes, Memory 
Dominican Republic - Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao 
Bahamas - The Measure of a Man 
Jamaica - A brief history of Seven Killings 
Puerto Rico - When I was Puerto Rican 
Lesser Antilles - Wide Sargasso Sea 
Greenland - Islands, the Universe, Home


Europe & Russia

Norway - Hunger 
Iceland - Jar City 
Sweden - Gosta Berling’s Saga 
Finland - The Unknown Soldier 
Denmark - Feeling for Snow 
Latvia - Nāvas Ena 
Estonia - Truth and Justice 
Lithuania - Black Sheep 
Belarus - Voices from Chernobyl 
Ukraine - Death and the Penguin 
Moldova - A Siberian Education 
Romania - Forest of the Hanged 
Bulgaria - Under the Yoke 
Poland - Pan Tadeusz 
Germany - Buddenbrooks 
Netherlands - The Discovery of Heaven 
Belgium - The Sorrow of Belgium 
Luxembourg - In Reality: Selected Poems 
United Kingdom - Great Expectations 
Ireland - Ulysses 
Czech Republic - The Good Soldier 
Slovakia - Rivers of Babylon 
France - The Count of Monte Cristo 
Spain - Don Quixote 
Portugal - Baltasar and Blimunda 
Austria - The Man Without Qualities 
Switzerland - Heidi 
Italy - The Divine Comedy 
Slovenia - Alamut 
Croatia - Cafe Europa 
Hungary - Eclipse of the Crescent Moon 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Zlata’s diary 
Serbia - Dictionary of the Khazars 
Montenegro - Montenegro: A Novel 
Albania - The General of the Dead Army 
Macedonia - Freud’s Sister 
Greece - The Iliad 
Russia - War and Peace


Asia and The Middle East

Turkey - My Name is Red 
Georgia - Knight in the Panther’s Skin 
Armenia - The Fool 
Azerbaijan - Blue Angels
Iran - Shahnameh 
Iraq - The Corpses Exhibition and Other Stories 
Syria - The Dark Side of love 
Lebanon - The Hakawati 
Israel - Mornings in Jenin 
Syria - The Dark Side of Love 
Kuwait - A Map of Home 
UAE - The Sand Fish 
Saudi Arabia - Cities of Salt 
Qatar - The Emergence of Qatar 
Yemen - The Hostage 
Oman - The Turtle of Oman 
Kazakhstan - The Book of Words 
Turkmenistan - The Tale of Aypi 
Uzbekistan - Chasing the Sea 
Kyrgyzstan - Jamilia 
Tajikistan - Hurramabad 
Afghanistan - Kite Runner 
Pakistan - The Reluctant Fundamentalist 
Nepal - The Palpasa Cafe 
India - The God of Small Things 
Bhutan - the Circle of Karma 
Bangladesh - A Golden Age 
Myanmar - Smile as they Bow 
Laos - In the Other Side of the Eye 
Thailand - The Four Reigns 
Vietnam - The Sorrows of War 
Cambodia - First they Killed my Family 
Taiwan - Green Island 
Sri Lanka - Anil’s Ghost 
Mongolia - The Blue Sky 
North Korea - The Aquariums of Pyongyang 
South Korea - The Vegetarian 
Japan - Kokoro 
China - The Dream of the Red Chamber 
Malaysia - The Garden of Evening Mists 
Brunei - Some Girls 
Indonesia - This Earth of Mankind 
Philippines - Noli Me Tangere 
East Timor - The Redundancy of Courage


Australiz, New Zealand & The Pacific Islands

Australia - Cloudstreet 
Papua New Guinea - Death of a Muruk 
Vanuatu - Black Stone 
Solomon Islands - Suremada 
Fiji - Tales of the Tikongs 
New Zealand - The bone People


Africas

Algeria - The Stranger
Libya - In the Country of Men
Egypt - Palace Walk
Morocco - The Sand Child
Mauritania - Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery
Mali - Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali
Niger - Sarraounia
Chad - The Roots of Heaven
Sudan - Lyrics Alley
Nigeria - Things Fall Apart
Cameroon - The Old Man and the Medal
Central African Republic - Batouala
South Sudan - They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky
Ethiopia - Beneath the Lion’s Gaze
Somalia - The Orchard of Lost Souls
Democratic Republic of the Congo - The Antipeople
Uganda - Abyssinian Chronicles
Kenya - Petals of Blood
Tanzania - Desertion
Angola - A Gloriosa Familia
Zambia - Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
Mozambique - Sleepwalking Land
Zimbabwe - The House of Hunger
Namibia - Born of the Sun
Botswana - The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
South Africa - Disgrace

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49 رواية | قرائتها ستترك داخلك أثر

1. الخزي\Disgrace (جون ماكسويل كويتزي):

في رواية كويتزي المروعة هذه، يلجأ بروفيسور مكلل بالعار إلى مزرعة ابنته في مرحلة ما بعد الفصل العنصري في جنوب افريقيا. لا يجد أي أرجاء هناك، و رحلته للخلاص عنيفة و ساحقة. اقرأها لتفتح عينيك على النطاق الرمادي، الطبيعة المتحولة للشر،, لتكتسب منظورا في حياتك، و في مكان ما هناك، تجد نعمتك الخاصة.

2. عصر البراءة\شلث The Age of innocence (ايدث وارتون):

إن لم يكن لأي شيء آخر، فإن كلاسيكية وارتون الرائعة سوف تلهمك لأن تهاتف الشخص الذي كنت تنوي أن تقول له “أحبك”، في حال قلتها فعلاً، أو تلعثمت لبعض الوقت ثم أغلقت الخط، فهي في الحالتين بداية.

3. اذهب و قلها من فوق الجبال\ Go Tell It On The Mountain (جيمس بالدوين):

أصبحت رواية بالدون تعد من كلاسيكيات الأدب الأمريكي، ولأسباب جيدة؛ فهي رواية عميقة العاطفة و خصبة الكتابة عن صراع صبي لفهم الله و لفهم نفسه. اقرأها لتبدأ أو لتعيد بدء طريقك لإدراك النفس.

4. حب مهووس\ Geek Love (كاثرين دون):

سيُذَّكرك هذا الكتاب بأن غريبي الأطوار هم بشر أيضاً. في الحقيقة, سيَقترح أنهم ربما, بطريقة ما, أكثر إنسانية من البشر العاديين.

5. مسألة شخصية\ A Personal Matter (كنزابورو اوي):

رواية عميقة لسيرة شبه ذاتية عن رجل يولد ابنه بفتق في الدماغ. ينصح بها لأولئك الذين يسعون لمزيد من الأمل و التعاطف هذه السنة.

6. سخرية لا نهائية\ Infinite Jest (ديفيد فوستر والاس):

لن تقوم هذه الرواية بتحدي عقلك و روحك فقط, لكنها على الأغلب سوف تجعلك تتوقف عن مشاهدة التلفاز. و هو شيء بذات الأهمية.

7. خلاص العظام\ Salvage the Bones (جاسمين وارد):

في هذه الرواية، و بالتساوي في أجزائها الوحشية و الجميلة، تحضر لنا وارد قصة مؤثرة عن عائلة في رافد المسيسيبي قبل و بعد إعصار كاترينا. لغة كالعاصفة، و إحدى أفضل و أكثر بطلات الروايات المراهقات أصالة. اقرأها لتوسع آفاقك و لتتذكر أهمية العائلة.

8. فيرونيكا\ Veronica (ماري جيتسكيل):

يعد كل من النثر و رواية القصة لدى ماري حاداً و متقناً، و مؤثر بالقدر نفسه في إلقاء افتراضاتنا و الجدران التي نحمي بها أنفسنا بعيداً. تمتص هذه الرواية الدم من حضارتنا السطحية، و تنتزع طبقاتها. قد تشعر بأنك قُلِبت من الداخل إلى الخارج ورأساً على عقب بعد قراءتها، و لكن بغير ذلك هل ستكتسب منظوراً في الحياة؟

9. الزن و فن صيانة الدراجات النارية\ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (روبرت):

كيف يمكننا إقصاء أيقونة تطوير الذا ت الأمريكية، اقرأهذه الرواية لتعرف معنى الجودة و تطبقه في حياتك.

10. كائن لا تحتمل خفته\ The Unbearable Lightness of Being (ميلان كونديرا):

رواية أخرى تجب قراءتها، الرواية التي غالباً، في نقطة ما أو أخرى، أذهلت الجميع. في آخر الأمر، عندما تؤمن حقاً بخفة الكينونة والوجود (أنه لا يوجد غير هذا، و كل هذا عابر)، فلربما رغبت في أن تصبح أفضل شخص بأمكانك أن تكونه.

11. العاشر من ديسمبر\ Tenth of Decembe (جورج ساوندرز):

حسناً، هذا الكتاب ليس برواية، لكن قائمة كهذه يجب أن تتضمن ساوندرز، نحن لا نملك خياراً آخر. لقد تمت الإشادة به في كل مكان كخبير في فن القصة القصيرة، لكنه أيضاً يعتبر كقائد أخلاقي للعصر الحديث- ليس النوع الخانق بل صاحب قلب ذهبي و نكتة. “كن لطيفاً”، قال ذلك لخريجي جامعة سايراكوس العام الماضي. قصصه تعطي النصيحة ذاتها، مراراً و تكراراً.

12. لوليتا\ Lolita (فلاديمير نابوكوف):

لأنها تجعلك تحب قاتلاً و متحرشاً بالأطفال- شيء كهذا في الحياة الواقعية سيتطلب قدراً من التعاطف و الشفقة كتلك التي لدى الدالاي لاما. كذلك، فإن نثريات نابوكوف جيدة إلى الحد الذي سيجعلك شخصاً أفضل بمجرد قراءتها.

13. جنس أوسط\Middlesex (جيفيري يوجندايس):

هذه الرواية تحويلية بأكثر من طريقة، تجعل دواخلك خارجك، كما تهدف. أحب عائلتك بجميع نواقصهم, تهتف. لا تخف من أساس ذاتك، تصرخ. سواءاً كانت غريبة أو جميلة كما يمكنها أن تكون.

14. الأشياء الجميلة التي تحتملها الجنة\ The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (ديناو مينغيستو):

تَتبع رواية مينغستو هارباً من الثورة الاثيوبية و الذي يجد نفسه في واشنطون عاصمة الولايات المتحدة، يعاني خلال 17 سنة لاحقة ليجد مكانته. رواية عن النزوح و الهوية، العرق و الوطن، الحقيقة و الأمل، ستفتح عينيك و قلبك

15. سيدهارتا\ Siddharth (هيرمان هيسه):

إعادة هيسه رواية قصة سيدهارتا تعد من الكلاسيكيات. ربما لن تساعدك على أن تصبح مستنيراً هذه السنة, لكنها ستذكرك بأهمية الوعي الذاتي, باللطافة, و بالوثوق بتجاربك.

16. استخدمها كما تجدها \ Play It as It Lays (جوان ديديون):

اقرأها سنوياً لتعيد تعريف نفسك بما هو حقيقي، وذَكّر نفسك بأن تستمر في ذلك.

17. البحث عن الزمن المفقود\ Search of Lost Time ( مارسيل بروست):

دع كل شيء جانباً، عندما تقرأ هذا الكتاب فأنت تضمن أن تصبح أكثر ذكاءاً. ما رأيك في هذا كتحسين الذات في صندوق؟.

18. الأشياء تتداعى \ Things Fall Apart (شينوا اشيبي):

يوجد سبب لكون الكثيرين منا قد طلب منهم قراءة هذا الكتاب في الفترة التي كانت عقولنا تتشكل فيها أيام الدراسة. إذا استطعت إدراك الأبعاد الخفية للصدامات بين الثقافات، و بين نفسك و ثقافتك الخاصة، في سن مبكرة، فستصبح أكثر قدرة على التعامل في العالم الحديث.

19. أن تقتل طائرا بريئاً\ To Kill a Mockingbird (هاربر لي):

كل حياة يمكن تحسينها من قبل قائد أخلاقي مثل اتيكوس فينش.

20. عشيقة فيتجنشتاين\Wittgenstein’s Mistress (ديفيد ماركسون):

بالإضافة لجعلك أكثر ذكاءاً –على الأرجح-، ستجبرك رواية ماركنسون الذكية، الرائعة هذه على أن توجه السؤال لنفسك: ما الذي ستفعله إذا كنت آخر شخص على الأرض؟.

21. أنساب\ kindred (اوكتافيا بتلر)

تختطف رواية بتلر التخيلية القاتمة فتاة عادية من حياتها في عام 1976 و تلقي بها في العام 1815، حيث تكون تلقائياً، كامرأة سوداء، عبدة. بينما تتحول جيئة و ذهاباً بين العالمين، تتداعى حياتها المحمية أمام أهوال الماضي. تصلح هذه الرواية لكل من يحتاج اكتساب منظور ما.

22. السيدة دالواي\ Mrs. Dalloway (فيرجينيا وولف):

الارتفاع الحاد الغريب من التعاطف والذي يأتي من العيش ليوم واحد داخل كلاريسا دالواي لا مثيل له.

23. مساعدة ذاتية\ Self–help (لوري مور):

مجموعة قصصية أخرى أكثر جودة و ملاءمة من أن تُترك خارج القائمة. ستعلمك لوري مور كيف تعيش.

24. دليل الفتيات للصيد و القنص\ The Girls‘ Guide to Hunting and Fishing (ميليسا بانك):

مهارات خبيرة في الصيد و القنص – دون أن نغفل عن مهارات العيش و الحب مع سخرية ظريفة- بإمكانها أن تحسن حياة أي شخص.

25. برسيبوليس\ Persepolis (مرجان ساترابي):

لتكتسب منظوراً عن عالم مختلف تماماً، و لتكدس الإلهام، لتكسر القيد الذي يكبلك. و هذه القصص مصورة، الصور مفيدة للروح.

26. طيران فوق عش الوقواق\ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (كين كيسي):

سيجعلك هذا الكتاب تعيد النظر في معنى أو حتى في مظاهر الجنون. سواء جعلك أكثر تعاطفاً مع المجانين أو أكسبك المزيد من الوعي الذاتي, لن يضرك.

27. الرجل الخفي\ Invisible Man (رالف اليسون):

ليست مجرد رواية استثنائية، ولا واحدة من اللاتي يكشفن حياة الأمريكيين الأفارقة في النصف الأول من القرن العشرين، لكنه أيضاً كتاب يشكل تحدياً للقارئ، لمواجهة نفاقه و افتراضاته الشخصية. سيجعلك شخصاً أفضل كل مرة.

28. القلب صياد وحيد\ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (كارسون مكالرز):

رواية مكالرز مليئة بأشخاص يتواصلون مع بعضهم. اقرأها لتعيد دوزنة نفسك و لو قليلاً مع أصوات الاخرين من حولك.

29. موت في العائلة\ A Death in the Family (جيمس أجي):

رواية أجي الوحيدة, المكتوبة برقة و شاعرية، و وداعته تجاه شخصياته، دون أن نغفل عن التذكير الدائم بأن الحياة تستمر، وبإمكانها أن تهز أي شخص.

30. كتابة بديلة\ Ghostwritten (ديفيد ميتشل):

تقريباً فإن كل ما كتبه ديفيد ميتشل هو رهان جيد لتحسين الذات، كتبه جميعها مملوءة بالتعاطف و الوعي الحاد بعلل و مباهج العالم. هذا الكتاب، و لربما بقدر أكبر من كتابه الشهير “السحابة أطلس”، سيذكرك بأن الصلات الخفية الممتدة رقيقة و مشدودة بين الكثير منا.

31. زيارة أخرى لعقل العروس\ Brideshead Revisited(ايفلين واو):

يوجد شيء ما بخصوص حياة كاملة تُروى عن طريق خبير في الرسائل الانجليزية، والذي يجعلك ترغب بإعادة تقييم حياتك الخاصة. و في هذه الحالة، من المحتمل أن تفعل ذلك بانتباه أكثر للعائلة و حبك الحقيقي.

32. البحر, البحر\ The Sea, the Sea(ايريس مرداك):

جميعنا يحمل شارل أروبي بداخله، مهووس، أناني، مضخم لذاته. رواية مرداك ستساعدنا على التقليل من ذلك.

33. مذكرات هارديان\ Memoirs of Hadrian (مارغريت يورسنار):

هذه الرواية الكلاسيكية الفلسفية، و المكتوبة كرسالة إلى ماركوس أوريليس، ستجعلك تتأمل ملياً في طبيعة الحب، النفس و الروح. بالإضافة إلى كونها ذاخرة بشذرات من الحكمة، المفضلة لدي:”خطأنا الكبير هو أننا نحاول ابتزاز كل شخص بالفضائل التي لا يمتلكها، و نتجاهل غرس تلك التي يملكها”.

34. حرب عربة يد\ The Pushcart War (جين ميريل):

صحيح أنها رواية أطفال، لكن رسائلها صالحة لكل الأزمان: دافع عن نفسك، حارب الشر،, و كن طيباً مع الآخرين. أجزم أن هذا الكاتب كان يفكر بذلك طوال العشرين سنة الماضية.

35. القمر عشيقة قاسية\ The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (روبرت هينلين):

سيعلمك هذا الكتاب مبدأ (لا توجد أشياء مجانية). قاسٍ لكنه عادل، و هذا المبدأ مهم كمعلومة لما تبقى من حياتك.

36. رب الأشياء الصغيرة\ The God of Small Things (ارونداهتي روي):

بإمكاننا جميعاً أن نستخدم ما يذكرنا بالأشياء الصغيرة، و كيف يمكن للحب أن يصبح مدعوماً و ملتوياً. و تحديداً إن كان تذكيراً تنويرياً كهذا الكتاب.

37. الجريمة و العقاب\ Crime and Punishment (فيودور دوستويفسكي):

لا أحد يناخس الأخلاق و يعرض نقاط ضعفها كدوستويفسكي. أياً كان الذي تفكر به الآن، سيجعلك تعيد التفكير به مرة أخرى.

38. محبوبة\ Beloved (توني موريسون):

أحد أفضل الكتب في كل الأوقات، يجب أن تقرأه سواء كنت تحاول أن تصبح شخصاً أفضل أم لا. لكن إن كنت تحاول فعلاً، فإن هذا الكتاب سيكون مؤثراً جداً. قال موريسون عن ذكرى العبودية في أمريكا حين استلم جائزة عن كتابه: “لا يوجد نصب تذكاري و لا لوحة و لا إكليل أزهار و لا حديقة و لا جدار و لا مدخل ناطحة سحاب و لا توجد مقاعد صغيرة على الطريق، لا يوجد ما هو ملائم للذكرى، و لأن مكاناً كهذا لا يوجد – على حد علمي- وجد هذا الكتاب.” توجد الآن مقاعد جانبية على الطريق، لكن هذا الكتاب سيبقى أحد أهم الروايات التي ستقرؤها.

39. اليد اليسرى للظلام\ The Left Hand of Darkness (هورسولا لوجوين):

مناصرة لحقوق المرأة، مناصرة للبيئة، رائدة، و مقنعة إلى حد كبير، حتى لأولئك شديدي الحساسية فيما يتعلق بالخيال العلمي.

40. العالم المعروف\ The Known World (ادوارد جونز):

إحدى أفضل و أهم الروايات التاريخية التي تناولت العبودية، و تحديداً المكانة الغريبة لمالكي العبيد. “العالم المعروف” رواية حافلة بالمفاجآت،ساحقة، و ينصح بها لكل من يحاول العيش في أمريكا اليوم.

41. سيرة ذاتية للون الأحمر\ Autobiography of Red (آن كارسون):

إنها رواية شعرية، و هذا مفتاحك الأول – سوف تحصل على كل المنافع العقلية الناتجة عن قراءة الشعر دون أن تضطر إلى الإلتزام تجاهه (إن كان ذلك يسبب مشكلة لك). ثانياً: إذا كنت قد فكرت من قبل بأنك مسخ، فإن كارسون ستقنعك بعكس ذلك. وهو كل ما تحتاجه للمضي قدما.

42. شرق جنات عدن\ East of Eden ( جون شتاينبك):

مفاد هذه الرواية أن العائلة تأتي أولا.

43. الغريب\ The Stranger (ألبير كامو):

تُعِدّك الرواية بشكل أفضل قليلاً للتعامل مع “تجرد الإنسان في مواجهة اللامعقول”.

44. الرجل الذي لا خصال له\ The Man Without Qualities(روبرت موزيل):

في هذه الرواية الفلسفية المعقدة الطويلة بجنون، بطل الرواية لا يبحث عن شيء أقل من معنى الحياة. هذه الرواية مثل جرعة بروتين عظيمة لعقلك. تؤخذ بسخاء، مع الكثير من الماء.

45. المشكلة الجسدية العقلية\ The mind–body problem(ربيكا غولدستين):

لا يمكنك تجميع شتات نفسك إذا لم تفككها من البداية. إذا راودك هذا الشعور من قبل “لقد اعتدت على التفكير بنفسي على أنني مثقف. لقد افترضت أن خصائص معينة من العقل و الجسد قد كانت مترتبة على هذا الوصف و كنت قد صممت نفسي وفقاً لذلك. من الصعب أن تكتشف أنك كنت تؤسس ذاتك على فرضيات زائفة”. إن أحسست بذلك، و أردت أن تذهب إلى مكان ما حيث يمكنك الضحك على نفسك، فإن هذا الكتاب لك.

46. بقايا النهار\ he Remains of the Day (كازوو ايشيجورو):

هذا الكتاب هادئ و أنيق بحيث أنك لن تدرك أنه يتسلل إلى رأسك جاعلاً إياك شخصاً أفضل حتى تنتهي منه و تغلقه.

47. الناقوس الزجاجي\ The Bell Jar (سيلفيا بلاث):

كلما أنهيت هذا الكتاب خَطَر على بالي الشيء ذاته: الخسارة. لا يمكن ألا أربطه بسيلفيا نفسها، ولا يمكن إغلاقه بدون الإحساس بالفقد تجاه شبابها وموهبتها وحياتها. اقرأه لتفتح قلبك للإعتلال العقلي، و اقرأه لتعيد تنشيط حياتك وعقلك.

48. إعترافات قناع\ Confessions of a Mask (يوكو ميشيما):

يستطيع هذا الكتاب أن يجعلك شخصاً أفضل فقط بجعلك متفتحاً ذهنياً على الآخر الذي يختلف عنك. تمجيد ميشيما للجمال الذكوري فوق كل شيء هو، ربّما، ما لا يجب التقاطه من الكتاب، لكن قصته عن صبي مثلي ياباني يعيش خلف قناع الاستقامة سيحرك شعور أي كان لينظر في عمق المسألة.

49. حياة بعد حياة\ Life After Life (كيت اتكنسون):

سيجعلك هذا الكتاب تفكر في جميع الاحتمالات التي كان من الممكن أن تمضي بها حياتك، و لربما ألهمك لتقوم ببعض التغييرات التي ستضعك على المسار الذي تريده. عدا ذلك، فإنها ستذكرك بأننا وعلى عكس أورسولا، نملك فرصة واحدة،فلنغتنمها.

anonymous asked:

If you were forced to exlusively read pieces of either French or English or Russian or German literature for the rest of your life, what would you end up chosing & for which reasons?

This is quite a difficult question (I couldn’t seem to be capable of choosing just a few), so I’ll do my best to narrow it down:

Middlemarch, by George Eliot: An ideal blend of Spinozism and human observation. A study of life in all its disillusion, interwoven relations and cyclic . For Spinoza, freedom arrives through understanding of Nature and its causes, and we could parallel this to her meticulous study of human behavior and its convoluting relations, allowing us a better knowledge of the human condition. It is also to note that Eliot translated Spinoza’s Ethics to English, which I believe its reading would aid in a more thorough understanding of the novel.

The Waves, by Virginia Woolf: A hypnotic piece of work which will always enthrall you with its storms and reverberations. A wonderful quest to find the inner workings of the heart and mind using words as a scalpel to incise and explore the implications and labyrinths of thoughts. It is much like a fugue in its style, there are six different voices, all revolving around the subject: a haunting circumstance of heightened sensibility, which plunges their souls into a diverse but sinergic search for identity. 

Hyperion, by Friedrich Hölderlin: The tragedy of the Greeks and of Hölderlin himself. An hymn to the past, and for those who dream of it, revel in it, and feed off from it as a constant source of inspiration, romanticizing and idealizing myth and history. A Werther-like exploration, but with a more steadfast surrender and idyllic illusion.

The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil: An absolute work of art, if there is such a denomination. It is an enigmatic condensation of philosophy and literature, split in deconstructing its present and then contemplating its undetermined, somber future. Musil’s pristine prose, much devoted to explore causality and human interrelations, their history and dealings of the self with others. It never really roams inside the world, but rather in pseudo-reality, a netherworld of human and metaphysical endeavors.

Doctor Faustus, by Thomas Mann: A wonderful tapestry and reflection of the arts and reality. All the possibility of man juxtaposed with its defeat and unsurmountable pits, with no redemption, unlike Goethe. It is full of penetrating metaphor that tricks its way into reality, and slowly gaslights the protagonist into its sensual fumes, as the reader, guided by the alter-ego of Mann, voyeuristically observes, while also delighting in Mann’s own narrative idiosyncrasies and artistic affinities.

Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol: It was an absolute pleasure to read this book, it may be a relative and personal factor, but in it I found no better characterization and description for the ironies of life and the hypocritical and at times harrowing behaviour of everyday personnages one encounters. The wonderful passages of spirited ponderation followed by a sharp return to vapid, frustrating reality, is a brilliant observation of the contradiction of life as an unintentional farce and folly, in which we have to use ourselves and our personal tragicomedies to provide comic relief and try to make of ourselves happy Sisyphuses, or at least a content ones.

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: If I had to choose only one book, only one writer… Dostoyevsky, toujours. Actually, I had a hard time choosing between this, Crime and Punishment and Notes from Underground, but opted for this since it is in this work where the culmination of Dostoyevskian thought lies: a perennial skepticism and fundamental questioning that seems to have no viable answers, alongside an also submissive and compliant view of faith and life, the only branch to which to cling to even if only to lie to oneself and endure our condition, but with hope nonetheless. All integrated, of course, with the wit, liveliness, and humanity of his narration. 

“…. by the time they have reached the middle of their life’s journey, few people remember how they have managed to arrive at themselves, at their amusements, their point of view, their wife, character, occupation and successes, but they cannot help feeling that not much is likely to change anymore. It might even be asserted that they have been cheated, for one can nowhere discover any sufficient reason for everything’s coming about as it has. It might just have well as turned out differently. The events of people’s lives have, after all, only to the last degree originated in them, having generally depended on all sorts of circumstances such as the moods, the life or death of quite different people, and have, as it were, only at the given point of time come hurrying towards them”
Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities

Some musings about Chie Satonaka.

Every time I play a little on my Japanese version of P4G, I realize that, despite all of the fandom’s complaints about Yosuke being “sexist” and so on, it’s actually *Chie* who 90% of the time forces herself and the other girls into typical gender roles and demands the boys be protective and strong towards them near-constantly. In fact, that character trait of hers is so strong in the Japanese version, several of her lines (and even one of Yukiko’s), were cut in the English localization because of how sexist they were. Heck, half the time it’s friggin’ Yosuke who has to tell her that she’s one of the two tanks of the group.

Statements of hers or related to her that were altered in the localization include: Thinking that her fear of bugs at least makes her “girly” and being glad for that, Repeatedly saying that Yosuke and Yu have a duty to protect her and Yukiko and that she doesn’t feel safe without a guy around (despite her being physically stronger than Yosuke, which she repeatedly proves), agreeing with Yukiko when she says that “guys” must eat stronger flour than girls, and (Anime only) claiming that Naoto being afraid of the killer makes total sense specifically because she is a girl (This line was actually reversed into its complete opposite for the dub, simply because it seemed so badly out of place without knowing the context of Chie’s constant over-compensation.)

However, this is actually part of her character development; while never outright stated, at least in the Japanese version Chie has a gigantic complex, with constantly feeling that her being a tomboy actually compromises her own femininity (something that her 1st tier Persona, Tomoe, actually indirectly references with the legend behind her), which is the reason why her title in P4U(2) is “The Carnivore Who’s Discarded Womanhood” - It’s actually a jab at her insecurity in her own femininity, which she’s constantly trying to compensate for in the Japanese version, although that aspect of her doesn’t come out quite as strongly in the localized version. It’s even sort of hinted that the only reason Chie sucks at cooking is that she’s convinced that to be a “true girl” she needs to automatically have cooking skills, without recipes and taste tasting, even though common sense would say otherwise. 

Towards the end of the game, however, that changes: Chie stops constantly trying to defend her own femininity by downplaying her own strength or demeaning herself, she stops asking of Yosuke and Yu to protect her and Yukiko, instead opting to snark at them (usually very successfully), and, finally, before the true ending, she opens up to Yu about wanting to become a Police Officer- A job that’s extremely male dominated, especially in rural areas, to the point that not a single female officer is seen in the entire game. She becomes a lot more confident - no, scratch that - she allows herself to be more confident in herself, beginning to understand that her strength and her femininity don’t contradict or cancel each other out. That’s how it happens that she both, wears more ‘stylish’, feminine clothing in the true epilogue, but at the same time also has started idolizing Akihiko Sanada; one of the most tankiest of tanks in all of Persona History. In P4U, we finally get this gem in the end of her story mode:

This makes a lot of sense in Japanese, where (due to strict gender roles) many words that refer to qualities such as courage or valiance contain the kanji for “male” in some shape or form. 

Which makes this a perfect resolution for Chie’s inferiority complex: She has learned to idolize a man and masculine qualities and to indulge in them without feeling comprised in her femininity as a result.

(And before you say that Akihiko’s statement means something else; the Japanese language doesn’t differentiate between “sex” and “gender”. Using “sex” here rather than “gender” was a pure translation choice. -Though, I suppose more generally, his statement does apply in all possible ways it can be taken. :-) )

This is the last time Chie forcefully compensating for her self-perceived “compromised femininity” ever comes up: In P4U2 and Persona 4 Dancing All Night, she doesn’t any remarks that demean women’s ability to be just as strong as men and take their roles even once and, in fact, even fully indulges in acting like an Action Hero right in front of the Kanamin Kitchen members, while also admiring them for being cute and feminine. 

While I fully understand why Chie’s gender-role-related dialogue was played down in the English translation of P4 - to most western players it would probably have seemed jarring for a girl her age to act like that - I also think it’s a bit of a shame, because Chie’s arc of overcoming her “internalized sexism” is one of the most subtly written and complete ones in Persona 4 and its spin-offs. It mirrors Kanji’s and Naoto’s arcs, uniting aspects of both, without ever being forceful about it or even making it the character’s primary key-trait. I really admire this kind of writing.

“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”

—Frank Herbert, Dune

Dune Sentence Meme
  • “The beginning is a time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.”
  • “A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful. “ 
  • “I must not fear.”
  • “fear is the mind-killer.”
  • ‘I will face my fear.”
  • “Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
  • “You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? “
  • “There’s an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind.”
  • “You well know the weakness there! Shield your son too much, ______, and he’ll not grow strong enough to fulfill any destiny. “
  • “The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. “
  • “Mood? What has mood to do with it? “
  • “You fight when the necessity arises — no matter the mood!”
  • Mood’s a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It’s not for fighting. “
  • “If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets.”
  • “Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert. “
  • “What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us? “
  • “A million deaths were not enough for ________!”
  • “_________ knew that every experience carries its lesson.”
  • “Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. “
  • “Let us not rail about justice as long as we have arms and the freedom to use them.”
  • “I must rule with eye and claw — as the hawk among lesser birds.”
  • “There is probably no more terrible instance of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man — with human flesh .”
  • “He shall know your ways as if born to them. “
  • “Greatness is a transitory experience. “
  • “It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. “
  • “The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. “
  • “Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”
  • “There is no escape — we pay for the violence of our ancestors. “
  • “There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”
  • “ [ put a planet name here] teaches the attitude of the knife — chopping off what’s incomplete and saying: "Now it’s complete because it’s ended here.”
  • “My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.”
  • “_________ could indeed see the Future, but you must understand the limits of this power.”
  • “He tells us ‘The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through it, time becomes a narrow door.’ And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning ‘That path leads ever down into stagnation.’ “
  • “What do you despise? By this you are truly known. “
  • “There existed no need on [ put a planet name here ] to build a physical paradise or a paradise of the mind — we could see the actuality all around us. And the price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life — we went soft, we lost our edge. “
  • “A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty; but a fools wrath is heavier than them both.”
  • “Cool your sorrow — we’ve the diversions for it; three things there are that ease the heart — water, green grass, and the beauty of woman. “
  • “No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero.”
  • “Prophecy and prescience — How can they be put to the test in the face of the unanswered questions? “
  • “Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife? “
  • “To save one from a mistake is a gift of paradise. “
  • “Anger is one thing, violence another. “
  • “It’s easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire. “
  • “To accept a little death is worse than death itself. “
  • “You cannot back into the future. “
  • “How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. “
  • “The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever. “
  • “The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it. “
  • “Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You’ll find me there, staring out at you! “
  • “I have seen us giving love to one another in a time of quiet between storms.”
  • ‘We have eternity.’
  • “You may have eternity. I only have now.”
  • “it was mostly sweet. But you were sweetest of all.”

I know everyone is freaking out about the post-credits scene in Ant-Man… but we need to talk about the middle-credits one, too

because I want Hope as Wasp right fucking now

Fic: This Means War

A Chris Evans One-shot

Summary: Chris has been in a mood lately and Natalia is determined to snap him out of it, no matter what the cost.

Warnings: fluff

Dedicated to @always-a-marvel-addict Sorry I suck at writing tickle fics! But I wanted to get this one out for you in hopes it brought a smile to your face. :)

Note: Again, sorry this sucks! I think I’m better with angst than I am with fluff. Go figure. I guess that explains why I have such a dark soul. Bahahaha. Anyway, thanks for reading!! I’m posting this from my phone so I’ll reblog later to include the tags. :) xx

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She was asking for it.

Chris sighed as Natalia poked his side for the umpteenth time since she had situated herself on the couch beside him. Generally he would be all for a playful Natalia, but when he was on a tight deadline and still had to burn through two more scripts, there wasn’t any time to play hooky.

“Are you gonna watch it with me?” He heard her pout.

Of course she had caught one of his movies airing on HBO; she always pestered him for behind the scenes scoop after the first view.

Quickly glancing to the right, an annoyed set to his furrowed brows, he said, “I can’t, Natalia. I already told you I have to finish these before tomorrow afternoon.”

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Ok, I don’t give a F about OUAT anymore, but this makes me so mad!

Regina: “He doesn’t like you, does he?”
Emma: “He thinks I’m not good enough for Hook.”

The hell is with this dialogue? Not only it doesn’t make any sense that Hook’s brother doesn’t like Emma without even knowing her (like the woman went to the underworld to rescue your brother’s stinky ass and you are complaining?), but Emma sounds like she actually agrees with that thought.

WHO THE FUCK IS H00K? He is no one! He is a Pirate that wasted hundreds of years in a stupid revenge. He is a man without honor, or skills or brains. In fact he is so brainless that literally every villain so far has manipulated him somehow, and he can’t do anything to stop them. He doesn’t even have a ship, a job or anything that could be considered valuable. He is just a pretty face that’s all.

Emma, SHE IS THE FUCKING SAVIOR! That should be enough to describe her really. She is honest, caring, smart, strong, and good at her job, a good mother, a good daughter and friend. Why in the hell the show even shows this sentiment? The worst part is that clearly is H00k who has the upper hand in this relationship. In the preview, he says that maybe he should move forward. I might not be a C$ shipper and wish that boat to sink into the Mariana Trench, but Emma went to the underworld to save this fucker and now the ungrateful bastard wants to stay to what? Spite her? How come a man without any redeeming qualities is the one once again deprecating women, when this show is suppose to be about strong female characters!?

H00K IS NOT ENOUGH FOR EMMA! NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

At this moment he wished to be a man without qualities. But this is probably not so very different from what other people sometimes feel too. After all, by the time they have reached the middle of their life’s journey few people remember how they managed to arrive at themselves, at their amusements, their point of view, their wife, character, occupation and successes, but they cannot help feeling that not much is likely to change any more. It might even be asserted that they have been cheated, for one can nowhere discover any sufficient reason for everything’s having come about as it has. It might just as well have turned out differently. The events of people’s lives have, after all, only to the least degree originated in them, having generally depended on all sorts of circumstances such as the moods, the life or death of quite different people, and have, as it were, only at the given point of time come hurrying towards them. For in youth life still lies before them as an inexhaustible morning, spread out all round them full of everything and nothing; and yet when noon comes there is at once something there that may justly claim to be their life now, which is, all in all, just as surprising as if one day suddenly there were a man sitting there before one, with whom one had been corresponding for twenty years without knowing him, and all the time imagining him quite different. But what is still much queerer is that most people do not notice this at all; they adopt the man who has come to stay with them, whose life has merged with their own lives and whose experiences now seem to them the expression of their own qualities, his destiny their own merit or misfortune. Something has had its way with them like a fly-paper with a fly; it has caught them fast, here catching a little hair, there hampering their movements, and has gradually enveloped them, until they lie buried under a thick coating that has only the remotest resemblance to their original shape. And then they only dimly remember their youth when there was something like a force of resistance in them — this other force that tugs and whirrs and does not want to linger anywhere, releasing a storm of aimless attempts at flight. Youth’s scorn and its revolt against the established order, youth’s readiness for everything that is heroic, whether it is self-sacrifice or crime, its fiery seriousness and its unsteadiness — all this is nothing but its fluttering attempts to fly. Fundamentally, it merely means that nothing of all that a young man undertakes appears to be a result of an unequivocal inner necessity, even if it expresses itself in such a manner as to suggest that everything he happens to dash at is exceedingly urgent and necessary. Someone or other invents a magnificent new gesture, either of the body or the soul — how is one to interpret it? A vital pose? A mold into which mind and soul pour like gas into a glass balloon? An expression of pressure within? A technique of living? It may be a new mustache or a new idea. It is play-acting, but like all play-acting it has of course a meaning — and instantly, like the sparrows from the roof-tops when crumbs are strewn, the young souls dart at it. It doesn’t take much imagining when outside there is a heavy world weighing upon tongue, hands and eyes, the ice-cold moon of earth, houses, rites and customs, pictures and books, and inside nothing but a straggling, shifting mist — what happens it must be then, when someone produces an expression in which one seems to recognize oneself! Is anything more natural than that every passionate man should take possession of this new form even before ordinary people do? It bestows him the moment of being, of balanced tensions between the world within and the world without, between being flattened out and flying to pieces.

- Robert Musil -

sunshinedrago  asked:

HEY GANONDORF why instead of being the stern incredibly deathglare dad for Rinku you don't try to actually make her like you? Like acting like a father or making her presents?I'm sure this will win points with Zelda too!

Ganondorf-“Sincere affection cannot be won by pretending to be something I’m not.

I am NOT nice or sweet. I am a serious and often very angry man. But I am not without qualities that are redeeming.

As time passes Rinku will come to understand that I will always be there for her. She can share me with her pain, her joy, and everything else that life throws her way. I will protect and guide her as best I can and bring her stability and strength.

This is where the true affection between a parent and child comes from. Not from gifts and fake smiles. ”