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  1. Be prepared for the fact that there will be a lot of works, as the literary process of the XX-XXI centuries is characterized by complexity and a variety of genres and styles.


    Stream of consciousness:

    • Knut Hamsun “Hunger”;
    • Virginia Woolf, “Mrs. Dalloway”, “Waves”, “To the Lighthouse”, “Orlando”;
    • James Joyce “Ulysses”, “Giacomo Joyce”;
    • Marcel Proust “Towards Swann”, “Under the Shadow of girls in Bloom”;
    • William Faulkner, “Noise and Fury”.


    • David Herbert Lawrence, “Lady Chatterley's Lover”;
    • Thomas Mann “Buddenbrooks”, “Death in Venice”;
    • Heinrich Mann “The Teacher of the Wildebeest, or The End of a tyrant”;
    • Hermann Hesse “Magic Mountain”, “The Game of Beads”.

    “The Lost Generation”:

    • Ernest Hemingway “The Old Man and the Sea”, “Farewell to Arms”;
    • Francis Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”;
    • Erich-Maria Remarque “The Return”.

    • Franz Kafka “Transformation”, “Lock”, “Process”.


    • Jorge Luis Borges (proto-postmodernism) “Aleph”, “Library of Babel”, “Decay, Ukbar, Orbis Tertius”, “In the Circle of Ruins”, “Lottery in Babylon”, “Immortal”, “House of Asterius”, “Zaire”, Garden of Diverging Paths”;
    • Iris Murdoch “Sea, Sea”, “Under the Net”;
    • John Fowles “The Collector”, “The Magus”, “The French Lieutenant's Mistress”;
    • Umberto Eco “The Name of the Rose”;
    • Samuel Beckett “Molloy”;
    • William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”;
    • Anthony Burgess, “A Clockwork Orange”;
    • Julio Cortazar “The Hopscotch Game”;
    • Milorad Pavic “Khazar Dictionary”;
    • Julian Barnes “The History of the Earth in 10 ½ chapters”, “England, England”, “Flaubert's Parrot”;
    • Stephen King, “Misery”;”The Shining”;
    • Herve Guibert “The Dreamers”;
    • Irvine Welsh, “Shit”, “On the Needle”;
    • Ian McEwan,” First Love, the Last Anointing”, “Amsterdam”, “Atonement”;
    • Viktor Pelevin “Chapaev and the Void”, “Life of Insects”, “Generation P”;
    • Michel Houellebecq “Expanding the space of struggle”, “The possibility of an island”, “Submission”.

    You should also read the following writers who do not belong to modernism or postmodernism:

    New novel:

    • Alain Robbe-Grillet “In the Maze”, “Erasers”, “House of Dates”;
    • Nathalie Sarrot “Tropisms”, ” Can you hear them?”.

    Literary existentialism:

    • Albert Camus, “The Plague”, “The Outsider”, “The Fall”;
    • Jean-Paul Sartre “Nausea”, “The Wall”.

    Theater of the Absurd:

    • Eugene Ionesco “Rhino”, “The Bald Singer”;
    • Samuel Beckett “Waiting for Godot”;
    • Tom Stoppard “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead”.

    Bit generation:

    • Hunter Stockton Thompson, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”;
    • William Burroughs “Junky”, “Naked Breakfast”;
    • Jack Kerouac, ” The Dharma Ramblers.”


    Forget about this direction. These are futile attempts to break away from postmodernism, which are doomed to failure.

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