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Offline Justin Kissel

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Favorite Modern National Literature?
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:23:07 PM »
By literature I don't necessarily mean only authors that would make a strict cut for literature textbooks, but really any type of fiction/drama writer. Any particular favorites? (especially lesser known writers that others may not know about)

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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 06:52:26 PM »
I love mysteries. My favorites are from Northern Europe and the U.K. I love Asa Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Heron Carvic, Chris Ewan, and so on. I could name more, but I didn't get much sleep yesterday. :) Good subject, though.

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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 07:09:53 PM »
I'm a fantasy fan. High fantasy, low fantasy, urban fantasy, you name it, and even better if it manages a dose of humour as well. My favourite author list is a mile long, but Marion Zimmer Bradley tops it easily, with Terry Pratchett, Jim Butcher, Yasmine Galenorn, Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay as runners-up.

I read pretty much anything, including those 'stuffy' classics and a lot of children's and YA literature (I've been collecting World Book Day titles for years), but favourites are favourites. Interestingly, most of the children's authors I enjoy are British, while adult ones come from across the pond, including a strong Canadian contingent.
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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 04:07:02 PM »
Apparently not too good of a subject, considering the lack of response!  :D  Thank you two for the posts though...

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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 04:11:21 PM »
Anyone ever read good Dutch literature? Me neither.
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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2013, 04:12:51 PM »
One of my favorite modern writers is Padraic Colum. He was perhaps one of the less famous writers of the Irish Renaissance. He was a folklorist and storyteller who retold a lot of myths and fairy tales for younger readers. His retellings of Greek mythology still seem to show up in bookstores. My favorite book of his is The King of Ireland's Son, which is a children's novel made up of interwoven Irish fairy tales.

Another of the Irish writers I love is Lord Dunsany.
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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 04:14:42 PM »
I also really dig the circle of writers around Weird Tales... Lovecraft, Howard, Smith, etc. Clark Ashton Smith is probably my favorite of the bunch, with his very ornately styled fantasy stories.

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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 04:21:06 PM »
How do you define "modern"? My favorite fictional writing would be American, because I love Edgar Allen Poe's dark literature and horror. I don't know if Poe counts as modern though.
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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 04:29:12 PM »
How do you define "modern"? My favorite fictional writing would be American, because I love Edgar Allen Poe's dark literature and horror. I don't know if Poe counts as modern though.

Yes, Poe is modern. Poe looms huge in modern fantasy and horror literature. The Weird Tales crowd of the 1920's and 30's were very much Poe devotees. A funny thing is that his poetry doesn't seem to be taken so seriously in mainstream English criticism but in translation it is enormously important. Baudelaire's translation of Poe's poetry into French pretty much launched an entire literary movement (the Symbolists) who in turn heavily influenced the surrealists.

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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2013, 11:10:39 AM »
Would like to get your thoughts on two lengthy series, and whether they're worth the time/trouble...

Anthony Powell - A Dance to the Music of Time
John Roderigo Dos Passos - U.S.A.

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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2013, 11:49:17 AM »
I'm sorry for anti-climax but Finnish. I'm not really that Patriotic or anything but for some reason I seem to like every Finnish classic I read.
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Re: Favorite Modern National Literature?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2013, 11:55:02 AM »
Would like to get your thoughts on two lengthy series, and whether they're worth the time/trouble...

Anthony Powell - A Dance to the Music of Time
John Roderigo Dos Passos - U.S.A.

Dos Passos is considered one of the top writers of his generation, so sampling him is close to mandatory. I'm not familiar with Powell's work, though.

I'm sorry for anti-climax but Finnish. I'm not really that Patriotic or anything but for some reason I seem to like every Finnish classic I read.

Nothing anticlimactic here. I love my Greek literature as well, and every time I go back home I make sure to pick as many new books as I can carry. ;) It's just not the kind that I expect to see translated any time soon.
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