A Reading Diary  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A Reading Diary is a book by Alberto Manguel.


On the theme of time suspended

Bioy Casares, “The Perjury of the Snow

James Hilton, Lost Horizon

Kobo Abe, Woman in the Dunes

Perrault, “Sleeping Beauty

Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle

Alfonso el Sabio, the fable of the singing bird that makes a hundred years seem like a few minutes, in Las Partidas

On places that cannot be left

Leon Bloy, “The Captives of Longjumeau

Bunuel, The Exterminating Angel

Sartre, Huis Clos

Hans Christian Andersen, “The Snow Queen

Tennyson, “The Lotos-Eaters

On places that cannot be reached

Lord Dunsany, “Carcassonne

André Dhôtel, Le pays où l'on n'arrive jamais

Sir Thomas Bulfinch, My Heart's in the Highlands

Book of Genesis, the Promised Land (for Moses)

Kurt Weill, “Youkali

Kafka, The Castle

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