I read 10 books, briefly reviewed here, which seems a reasonable beginning to the year.
Here are some of the more obscure authors:
- Gregor von Rezzori was an Austro-Hungarian (a German living in what would – and indeed did – become Romania (actually now the Ukraine)). I’ve also read and greatly enjoyed his Memoirs of an Anti-Semite.
- Juan Benet is generally considered one of the most important Spanish writers of the c20th, though not much of his work has been translated into English. He was very influenced by Faulkner (as you may notice if you ever read any).
- Angeles Mastratta is a Mexican writer, winner of the presitigious Rómulo Gallegos.
- Max Blecher was a Romanian writer, who suffered from a rare disease of the spine which he writes about and from which he died.