To start with Irish modern classics, there are only three represented in my collection. The first is a 1966 edition of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which I vaguely recall was on the curriculum of my Literature course at university.
|1971 edition – “The Bus By The River” by Jack B Yeats||1974 edition – A Private View 1881” by W P Frith|
As for South American novels I have of course Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths, my introduction to his work, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which was also the first book of his that I read.
|1972 edition – “La Havane” by Portocarrero||1977 edition – “Misery of the Peasants by J C Orozco|
And finally for this post, two novels by Alejo Carpentier, a Swiss born Cuban writer, who was a major influence on magic realist writers such as Marquez , Fuentes etc. I can’t remember if I ever read the two following novels, Explosion in a Cathedral and The Lost Steps, but these Penguin Modern Classics editions have wonderful surrealist covers.
|1971 edition – “Tete Raphaelesque Eclatee” by Dali||1968 edition – “The Great Forest” |
by Max Ernst
The next post will feature a miscellany of nationalities and the last of the Penguin Modern Classics in my personal library.