An Unnecessary Woman Literature References Reading List
August 18, 2015
Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman tells the story of introverted literature translator, Aaliya. It’s an especially interesting book for literature lovers because it’s brimming with references to and quotes from many wonderful works of fiction, poetry, and some non-fiction. Here is a reading list compiled of the works of fiction mentioned in this wonderful novel. This list, as long as it is, is but a crumb of what Alameddine gives us in his novel about the literature referenced. I highly recommend you read An Unnecessary Woman to read his comments on these and other works as well as specific authors.
Austerlitz (2001) by W G Sebald The Emigrants (1992) by W G Sebald 2666(2004) by Roberto Bolaño The Savage Detectives (1998) by Roberto Bolaño A Heart So White (1992) by Javier Marias Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me (1994) by Javier Marias Your Face Tomorrow Trilogy(2002-2007) by Javier Marias A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens Invisible Cities(1972) by Italo Calvino Cinnamon Shops (1934) by Bruno Schulz The Conformist(1951) by Alberto Moravia Lolita(1955) by Vladimir Nabokov The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) by Mohsin Hamid The Shipping News (1993) by Annie Proulx The Magic Mountain (1924) by Thomas Mann 100 Years of Solitude(1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984) by Jose Saramago Murphy (1938) by Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot (1952) by Samuel Beckett Death of a Travelling Salesman (1936) by Eudora Welty Giovanni’s Room (1956) by James Baldwin Corydon (1924) by Andre Gide Sepharad (2001) by Antonio Muñoz Molina Sophie’s Choice (1979) by William Styron Nightwood(1936) by Djuna Barnes The Leopard(1957) by Guiseppe Lampedusa Kaddish for an Unborn Child (1990) by Imre Kertész Fatelessness(1975) by Imre Kertész Crime & Punishment ((1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamozov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Madame Bovary (1856) by Gustave Flaubert The Waves(1931) by Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy The Book of Disquiet (1888-1935) by Fernando Pessoa The Fall (1956) by Albert Camus The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) by John Fowles Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka The English Patient (1992) by Michael Ondaatje Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow Hills like White Elephants (1927) by Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls(1940) by Ernest Hemingway The Encyclopaedia of the Dead (1983) by Danilo Kiš Ransom (2009) by David Malouf The Colour Purple (1982) by Alice Walker This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (1947) by Tadeusz Borowski Alice in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749) by Samuel Johnson Flight Without End (1927) by Joseph Roth Hunger (1890) by Knut Hamsun A Book of Memories (1986) by Péter Nádas The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark A House for Mr Biswas(1961) by V S Naipaul Midnight’s Children(1981) by Salman Rushdie Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) by J M Coetzee