Up to 93 now (little reviews here) – so 7 to go in December to reach my target (or really 11, since I’d decided not to count anything less than 100 pages), which should be achievable, I think.
Some more obscure writers:
- Karel Čapek, Czech writer, who gets 2 books on the list in one post. – OK, he’s not obscure – in Obooki’s world, he’s quite famous; but, in the real world, he is obscure in terms of his non-SF stuff (i.e. the majority of his output; check out, for instance, the ridiculously SF-oriented Wikipedia page); – and he is always, I feel, obscure in the sense that the Czechs seem to regard him as their greatest c20th writer (the whole nation mourned when he died etc. – though that did have something to do with world politics at the time); – greatest writer, that is, barring none (by which, I mean, certain Jewish Czech writers writing in German around the same time).
- Camilo José Cela – not entirely obscure either, Nobel-prize winner etc., though in my opinion, going by this, highly overrated.
- Alain Robbe-Grillet – also not obscure – and almost, like Čapek, getting 2 novels in in this batch – but I just didn’t quite finish the second one. Much more enjoyable than from what I remember last time I tried him (that time, it was The Voyeur).
- P.D. Ouspensky – Russian mystic-type, a genuinely interesting character – who wrote only the single novel, and very strange it is too.
- Miguel de Unamuno – the most underrated writer of the c20th, at least in terms of editions published recently in English (i.e. none). One day soon he’ll be “rediscovered”, and people will wonder why he’s been so overlooked.
- Amalie Skram – Norwegian, late c19th, women’s rights, Nietzsche-influenced, sort of Ibsen-period. She was locked in an asylum for a time (possibly just for being a woman), and I’ve got another 2 novels of hers about the experience.
- Pavel Kohout – another Czech: – this was just a serial killer type thing.