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Is the Everyman's Library version of Les Miserable any good? Also, what are some of the best translation available in Everyman's Library?
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Ah right. I've only read their translations of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. They were good enough for me
I personally don't like them, I find them awkward and clunky.

Others don't like them as disliking them is a trend atm tho.
Who do you prefer?
For Dostoyevsky?

I'm no expert, so don't take me as an authority, but I did quite enjoy McDuff's.

Really, when it comes to translations, it's best to look at a few excerpts of each and pick the one that suits you best.
I read McDuff's House of the Dead and enjoyed it a lot. And although I'm not a P/V hater, their recent Notes From a Dead House seemed to suffer from comparison with McDuff, in my opinion. I mean, look at that title.

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Here's what I need: A really funny book that will make me feel less depressed due to girl trouble. Preferably short as well. I just really need it right now.
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I bought that book but haven't read it yet. Will it make me long for love, or am I good?
You're good, it's mainly whores and men. It might make you long for the Snowdens of yesteryear, but that's a different kind of sad. Hilarious book.
Billy Budd
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I'm cold
>depressed due to girl trouble
How is high school and /r9k/ this time of year?

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Will I 'get' Faulkner if I never had a slutty sister?
If you knew some sluts growing up you should be fine.
You won't really 'get' him unless you are from Mississippi or have lived there. That's just being honest.

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What are good novels with this premise? Don't care what time period. Just looking for some good shit that takes place at some point in human history but has fictional characters. Something that shows what that period was like and something I can learn from while being entertained. Here are some examples:

King Rat
River God
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>Underworld - Dellilo
This explores history in such a fascinating manner. Did you know that the last portion of that novel was written in the 70s. So as Delillo takes you on his thematic quest through America's detritus, he's also exploring how his own writing and perspective have shifted over the years.
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Stephen King - 11/22/63
Simplicissimus, The German Adventurer
Ring of Fire series
>want to buy the entire Asian Saga
>Bantam Books released every one of them except Whirlwind
>now my Whirlwind copy will look different from the rest

I had no idea. It's been a while since I've read it, I'll have to keep that in mind when I give it a re-read

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What does your reading space look like?

Pic stolen from anon from here
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Don't talk shit about Jielde lamps. Modernism at its best.
What happens when it rains?
Can you imagine waking up and there's a raccoon in that pit, meticulously checking out each pebble with its wee little hands?
Can you not read? OP says it's not his image and the image posted is even out of date.
drainage eli

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Is Houellebecq right about post-modern art?
nothing matters since 68, unless it is about promoting the Human rights in the most retarded ways.
I don't know, what did he say?
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Map and the Territory pretty much shows them as not especially great businessmen who got lucky with a gimmick and a solid PR team.

The main character makes a painting called "Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst Corner the Art Market."
How is koons not worth more?

What did /lit/ think?
Whenever I see the name Cockburn by peen twinges in sympathy


No fucking way that's his name.

Bahahahahahaha. I'm sorry, I can't. Honestly. Where's the camera?

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Were there any books that helped you out of crushing loneliness and insecurity?

Read meditations.

On another note (and to help you make recommendations), high school drop out, dissapointed parents, physically (technically mentally) deformed (not a troll it is quite likely when you realise all of those three correlate).

Should I an hero? I'm 21, will life just get worst? I hear people start becoming progressively unhappier beyond 30.
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I'll bump this
wow you hit more nerves than OPs and he didn't even take it that badly
this is attributed to Heraclitus but it's more of a paraphrase than a quote
>The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way.
So many bumps, good to see there are more people like moi.

Anyway, here's a dump of books on happiness:

Science of Happiness – Stefan Klien(/Klein?)

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill - Ricard and Goleman

The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell
Well, since human nature is not all that different, you could be projecting and making correct assessments at the same time (of course I couldn't prove you were projecting even if you did make an incorrect assessment).

So this:
>Can't prove it's a projection

Is not contingent on:
>ended up being a correct assessment

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So who wants to meet up with me on the east coast and work and find work out on the seas?

I can;t be the only one who is super depressed after reading this as I watch whats left of my youth pass in front of computer screens.
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Just go and hang around a port and ask the sailors if they know of any good positions.
The navy would make you go through basic training and tech school depending on what job you qualified for and got. It's like high school all over again but with varying age groups.
I don't think those are the kinds of "positions" he had in mind.
heheh I can't go into any military branch because my spine's fucked heheh
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you gonna get captained

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Hey /lit/,

I have a paper due about which genre produces better fiction, science fiction or fantasy. Spare me the typical /lit/ commentary on genre fiction. I don't normally read it, so I'm having trouble.

Can anybody link me to some articles promoting or defending the merits of these genres?

It would be a great help, thanks.
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Any story with a tyrant in place is a dystopia
'Fantasy' exists only as a marketing term sometime post-1920. You can't retroactively claim mythological stories as being fantasy, even besides that fantasy may take them as source or inspiration material.
>I have a paper due about which genre produces better fiction

>this totally happened
The correct answer is that there is no correct answer. Talk about how fantasy reflects reality, fantasy creates a hyper realization of real fears and desires. Produces a playground of imaginary rules to build concepts inside. Trial political machines and societal ambitions. The same goes for sci-fi. Now talk about how all that is thrown out the window so some 12 year old can jerk to a shitty power fantasy.
It's an exercise in argumentation. I have to back one genre or the other.

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Recent purchases thread?

These were £2 each, nabbed them from a charity bookshop.
That's a nice Blood Meridian cover. I believe i have Outer Dark in a similar edition.

I got myself:

>Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard
>Dicipline and Punish by Foucault
>Nietzsche and Philosophy by Deleuze
>A Lover's Discourse: Fragments by Barthes
>We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by Joan Didion

No pic because they're all in Italian except for the last one and you wouldn't care anyway
>tfw local Oxfam bookshop raised prices to £2.49
It often has good stuff as well, but the pricing pushes it just above that impulse instabuy level for me...
I found a practically new version of Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre for 84 cents today at a used book store. Probably going to go back tomorrow to see if I can find something else.

It's going to be a comfy weekend.
Just got:

>Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield
>Goodbye Tsugumi

I found it very eye opening.

10/10 read desu lads.
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and that makes up for everything else?

go fuck yourself.
signs of a man who should become president.
this T.B.H. F.A.M
Trump was a meme author, and had no discernible talent. He was shitposting, and is literally genre tier fiction. Clearly a juvenile author.
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>Donald J. Trump
I wonder..

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I want literature that sounds just like Chief Keef's "I don't like"
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iceberg slim
Interesdating. Is it any good?
yes. read it.
It's intredasting, pleb.
It would be a dystopian novel

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Can I get some good quotes about the meaninglessness of life, love you've never had and will never have, and the chaos of the universe?
read the hour i first believed by wally lamb

and fuck yourself
kill yourself
"Someone ought to stand with a hammer at the door of every happy contented man, continually banging on it to remind him that there are unhappy people around and that however happy he may be at the time, sooner or later life will show him its claws and disaster will overtake him in the form of illness, poverty, bereavement and there will be no one to see or hear him."
- Anton Chekov, "Gooseberries"

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Walt Whitman thread. What do you think of his poetry?
BTFO's Emily Dickinson.

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