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  1. Grace is primarily associated with French literature. To the already mentioned Boris Vian, it is worth adding another great French writer, Raymond Queneau, and first of all the story “Zazie in the Subway” (of the two available translations, I recommend the translation�Elena Razlogova and Maria Golovanivskaya). The film of the same name is also good.

  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of Novels by Douglas Adams. This is quite a nice nonsense with a huge meaning. Sometimes you stop and think “WHAT??”. But it's worth it.

  3. Bryan Aldis “Barefoot in the Head” is quite delusional and very high-quality, but not fun at all.

    Mick Farren's “Jim Morrison After Death” is also delusional, but not quite as high-quality, but fun.

    Jeff Vandermeer's “City of Saints and Madmen” is really an amateur read, but I really liked it at the time. Strugatsky's “Monday Begins on Saturday” and “The Tale of the Troika”.

    Plays by Alan Milne. Not exactly delirium, but true English humor, which is not without oddities.

    I also want to mention “Kuuchuu Buranko” by Hideo Okuda (a novel from the series about the psychiatrist Irabu) and “The Tale of Four and a Half Tatami” by Tomihiko Morimi. I still haven't been able to find them in either Russian or English, but judging by the anime, it's pretty crazy.

  4. From the little-known to a wide audience – “Journey to the land of magic” by Henri Michaud (galore surrealism) and the first six stories from” The King in Yellow ” by Robert Chambers (“the unreliable narrator”, a dream that merges with reality),” The Weed/grass of time ” by Norman Spinrad (the story of a man stuck inside a paradox created by him). Several dozen short stories by Harlan Ellison, usually nightmarish (“REM sleep function”, “The pain of loneliness”, “I need to scream, but I have no mouth”, “Broken like a glass goblin”, “Croatoan”, “Hitler drew roses”…).

  5. Like the commenters above, I hope that I understood the question correctly, but Neil Gaiman's book “American Gods” seemed so stunningly beautiful and delusional. in general, I think that all his books are beautiful, because it was based on his book about Coraline that they made a great cartoon!

  6. No one remembered, but

    “Chapaev and the Void” by Pelevin

    Nabokov's “Invitation to Execution”

    I reread both and each time a new one! And these are beautiful books that tear the space to shreds. If you want, walk through walls, wake up a different person.�

    By the way, Pelevin is generally uporin, in my opinion.

  7. I hope I understood the question correctly.
    “We're Staying for the Winter” by Shane Jones. Personally, I couldn't finish reading it, although yes, it seems beautiful and exactly delusional. Many people love this book very much.
    But really cool: Zhivi – Beloglazov and Danikhnov.�What an arthaos

  8. I'm not going to say that I'm stupid, but my favorite book in the genre of magical realism is Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. The situations he prescribes are not so much delusional as unlikely. You get so caught up in it that you stop asking yourself ” how?” and “why?”. Ice is a human invention, General Aureliano Buendfa spent his entire life making relic goldfish, the young man was always accompanied by yellow butterflies, and the beautiful girl ascended, taking with her the sheets to be dried.

    You never know what will happen next, but you will admire what happened before. And when something terrible happens , it hits you hard.

  9. Alice in Wonderland 🙂 And just a few days ago, Bris Vian recalled “Foam of Days”, the work of Harms, representatives of the absurdist trend in literature.

  10. Hoffman's “The Golden Pot” is a book in which reality merges with the fictional world, and all this turns into a big fountain of incredible emotions 🙂

  11. What books do you know with idiocy, with wonderful, elegant, beautiful, and, most importantly, high-quality nonsense?

    Kafka's “Process” and “Metaphorosis”. In my opinion, a complete absurdity.

  12. “Mythogenic Love of Castes” by Pavel Pepperstein and Sergey Anufriev. Especially the first volume, but the second is also nothing like that. Just super-I recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

  13. “Amendment 22” by Joseph Heller is the most famous work containing a huge amount of absurdity. One simple example. According to the plot, pilots of the Second World War were allowed to go home after a certain number of sorties. The number of departures was constantly increasing and this made this possibility unrealistic. The second possibility was that you had to be crazy. However, if you said that you were crazy, it meant that you didn't want to go on deadly missions again and again, and therefore reasonable, adequate and fit to fly.

  14. Objectively speaking, all the classics of postmodernism are beautiful high-quality nonsense, from Joyce and Beckett to Pelevin and Sorokin.

    Take any book of this genre and enjoy it!

  15. Eugene Ionesco “The Bald Singer”

    Samuel Beckett “Waiting for Godot”

    Take an interest in the literature of the “theater of the absurd”direction

    “In practice, the theater of the absurd denies realistic characters, situations and all other relevant theatrical techniques. Time and place are uncertain and changeable, and even the simplest causal relationships are destroyed. Meaningless intrigues, repetitive dialogues and aimless chatter, dramatic inconsistencies of actions-all are subordinated to one goal: to create a fabulous, and maybe even terrible, mood.”

  16. It was odd that no one had mentioned Terry Pratchett. But there is a whole series of books about Discworld life, full of absurdity and grotesqueness. And what is important, the world is worked out in detail and it is pleasant to read the works

  17. I liked, oddly enough, the work of Matsuo Monroe.�

    I recommend reading these 2 books: Teach Me to Die and Bang Bang.

    There is a rather interesting message, and a good writing style, and a description of Japanese life, and conversations about madness and monkeys with beer in the bar, and a huge rabbit personifying inner fear. Delusional, but well-formulated mesmerizing creativity.

  18. Don't throw stones at me, I love Stephen King very much and I mean “quality nonsense” in a good way. In his collection “after sunset” there are works that belong to this category, but at the same time they do not lose their attractiveness, fascination and leave only a good impression)

  19. I will recommend Zamyatin “We”, if I understood your question correctly.

    Lots and lots of new characters and a little more of all the best and brightest to you.

  20. “Snapped Kalusha with Kalushatami on the napushka. And took away Butyavku, and volit:
    – Kalushata! Kalushatochki! Butyavka!
    Kalushata prisyapali and Butyavku stryamali. And they got close.
    And Kalusha wills:
    – Oeeee! Oeeee! Butyavka-something ugly!
    Kalushata Butyavku cleaned out.
    Butyavka rattled, snuffled, and snapped off the napushka.
    And Kalusha volit kalushatam:
    – Kalushatochki! Do not pryamkaite butyavok, butyavki dubye and zyumo-zyumo nekuzyavye.
    From butyavok dudonyatsya.
    A Butyavka volit for napushka:
    – Kalushata podudonilsya! Zyumo nekuzyavye! Pussies byaty!”

    Lyudmila Petrushevskaya. Linguistic fairy tales.

  21. It's strange they haven't written about Rabelais yet. I don't guarantee elegance and beauty, but you can look for a fool there. “Gargantua and Pantagruel” is a great example of high-quality nonsense!

  22. Koval Yuri Iosifovich-The lightest boat in the world cute and charming 100% delirium, delirious except that” Rastafarian fairy tales and all that ” Dmitry Gaiduk, well, or the charming early poems of Grebenshchikov. This is one of our local bredogenerators.�

    And so in search of quality . A well-felt delirium is good to read and reread Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson.

  23. Oh, and throw tomatoes at me. But such a book , as described in the question, I consider the work of the author Jerome D Salinger “The Catcher in the Rye”. Or I got acquainted with it when I was far from a teenager, and it is really focused on a young mind.. Or there is written a beautiful utter nonsense.. For after reading it, there was only one thought in my head:” What have I just read?”

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