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Fall 2006 Newsletter

Recommended Reading

Novelist Alan Furst, whose archive is housed at the Ransom Center, will kick off the Texas Book Festival on October 26 with a reading at the Ransom Center of his latest bestseller, The Foreign Correspondent (Random House, 2006). Furst offers some of his recommended reading.

Learn more about the Alan Furst archive

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Memoirs of an Anti-Semite by Gregor von Rezzori

(Vintage International, 1991)

Don't be fooled by the title—this is a fictional memoir of an obscure land in Romania, set in the 1930s, and an exceptionally good read.

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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

(Harvest Books, 1969)

A book to reread, some of the best Orwell, with a finely constructed narrative of the Spanish Civil War.

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The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

(Alfred A. Knopf, 1996)

A fictional memoir of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to some readers, Roth's best, most carefully realized, novel. A good entree for those who haven't read him.

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The Woman of Rome by Alberto Moravia

(Steerforth Italia, 1999)

Moravia is not much read these days, but here's the reason that shouldn't be so: One of the only books written by a man from a woman's point of view that I know about that really works. Extraordinary.

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