? You don’t know what to do at home during the quarantine? Are you looking for a good pastime that not only ensures you relax but also brings you new knowledge or new points of view on life? Here you go! We bring you the list of 10 books to read at least once in a lifetime. ?
1. War and peace by Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy
A historical novel, one of the most important ones in the literature. Novel deals with the history of the Russian nobility during the Napoleonic period. The events full of joy, hope but also full of pains and fears. The stories of historical characters guided by an inconstant destiny. As it is defined by the author himself, it is an epic poem, in which the best and kindest parts of the human soul become black. An ever-present work takes your breath away.
2. The Trial by Franz Kafka
Clerk, banking, with strange name K. K. is a truly pragmatic and rational man. Until comes one day when two officials declare K. arrested, without information from the prosecution, without saying why. K. with his logic wants to find the cause of this situation and he is sure that it is only a misunderstanding. But nobody knows (or doesn’t want to?) explain his terrible situation. The anguished, depersonalizing and characteristic style of Kafka. The work on how consciousness does not always prevail over inevitability. And what do you think?
3. The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
Cosimo, the young boy, is tired of the many reproaches and accusations of the educators. But one day he will decide to hide on top of a tree and never go down again. Cosimo thus creates his new life in the foliage of the trees where he also builds a new world, a world full of things that bring wonder and admiration for all who discover the story of this extraordinary boy.
4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
A must-read masterpiece. American and world literature brings us the story of the most famous white whale. The epic pursuit of Moby Dick and Captain Ahab who comes with the extraordinary fossil. Unforgettable descriptions will be etched on memory for a lifetime.
5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What do you say? Is it a crime when you eliminate a person for the benefit of many, and especially if this act can save the lives of many people? The work that describes a psychological process of the protagonist Raskolnikov, who decides to kill a person to save his life. Join the particular journey into the depths of the human mind.
6. The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
A young officer, Giovanni Drogo who is sent to a fortress and waits every day for the possible attack of the Tartars, who never arrive. When he returns home, he discovers that he cannot live a normal life; because he always waits for the battle that does not come, while life goes on.
7. The magic mountain by Thomas Mann
Hans Castorp wants to visit his cousin in the Berghof sanatorium in Davos, in the Alps. He wants to stay only three weeks but when he is diagnosed with tuberculosis he must stay here for seven years. In the sanatorium, he meets a series of characters who will make him come out transformed and immensely enriched in the depths.
8. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
The Roman emperor Hadrian wrote a letter to his friend Marcus Aurelius in which he spoke of his life, the triumphs, the defeats, his passion for poetry, the arts and culture and his love for the young lover Antinous, in a historical era in which gods were no longer believed and the new Christian religion had not yet taken hold.
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The book One Hundred Years of Solitude becomes Gabriel García Márquez’s biggest hit. This book tells of the Buendía family, known to its founder José Arcadio, founder of the city of Macondo.
10. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
In search of lost time is the most important book of Marcel Proust, a masterpiece of universal literature for the ambition that the author wants to achieve: to understand the essence of time to escape its constraints. In the book the author himself narrates his remember, the movements of his soul to make us understand the reality that lives, full of introspection, love, pain, and betrayals.
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