16 December 2013

71 scars

In which the blogger lists the books he browsed, lingered over, snorted at, reread, rolled eyes over, cursed at, chortled over, was crazy like at, puzzled over, popped eyes at, was torn about, was disgusted about, was indifferent to, was smitten by, or stared with glazed eyes at in 2013.

Translated fiction

The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira, trans. Karen Bennett and Chris Mingay
How I Became a Nun by César Aira, trans. Chris Andrews
Don Juan: His Own Version by Peter Handke, trans. Krishna Winston
Margosatubig: The Story of Salagunting by Ramon L. Muzones, trans. Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava
Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges, eds. Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby
Evil and the Mask by Nakamura Fuminori, trans. Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates
The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald, trans. Michael Hulse
Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard, trans. David McLintock
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by João Guimarães Rosa, trans. James L. Taylor and Harriet de Onís
A Time for Everything by Karl O. Knausgaard, trans. James Anderson
Botchan by Natsume Sōseki, trans. Glenn Anderson
The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, trans. George Szirtes
The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira, trans. Katherine Silver

Fiction in English

Hallucinating Foucault by Patricia Duncker
Gitarista by Reev Robledo
One, Tilting Leaves by Edith L. Tiempo
The Secret by Lin Acacio-Flores, illus. Dick Crame
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Adventures of a Child of War by Lin Acacio-Flores
Manila Noir, ed. Jessica Hagedorn
Beacon Hill Boys by Ken Mochizuki
Ermita by F. Sionil José
Brightest by Johann de Venecia, Joanne Crisner, and Josephine Litonjua
The Builder by Edith L. Tiempo
The Kite of Stars and Other Stories by Dean Francis Alfar
Mass by F. Sionil José
Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar
The Mission Song by John le Carré
The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquín
The Pretenders by F. Sionil José
My Brother, My Executioner by F. Sionil José

Fiction in Filipino

Lipad ng Uwak (Crow's Flight) by Mark Angeles
BAKA NG INA MO!: O bakit hindi palaging mother knows best ... by Ronaldo Vivo Jr., Erwin Dayrit, Danell Arquero, Earl Palma, Ronnel Vivo, and Christian De Jesus
100 Kislap (100 Flashes) by Abdon M. Balde Jr.
Daluyong (Gathering Storm) by Lázaro Francisco
Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan (The Court of Sinukuan [bilingual]) by Virgilio S. Almario, illus. Mitzi Villavecer
Timawa (Wretched) by A.C. Fabian
Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (Eight Muses of the Fall) by Edgar Calabia Samar
Mga Agos sa Disyerto: Ikaapat na Edisyon (Streams in the Desert, 4th ed.) by Efren R. Abueg, Dominador B. Mirasol, Rogelio L. Ordoñez, Edgardo M. Reyes, and Rogelio R. Sikat

Graphic Novels

Trese: Stories From the Diabolical, Volume 1 by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
Skyworld: Volume Two by Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria
Skyworld: Volume One by Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria
Kikomachine Komix Blg. 5 by Manix Abrera


Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Makbet by William Shakespeare, trans. Rolando S. Tinio
Ikalabindalawang Gabi (Twelfth Night) by William Shakespeare, trans. Rolando S. Tinio


100 Poems: Old and New by Rudyard Kipling, ed. Thomas Pinney
The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight, drawings by Terrence Tasker
Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry, eds. Khavn De La Cruz and Joel M. Toledo
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
Electric Light by Seamus Heaney
Buwan, Buwang Bulawan (Moon, Gilded Moon) by Rio Alma, illus. Abi Goy
The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems by Edith L. Tiempo
After Nature by W. G. Sebald, trans. Michael Hamburger
To the Evening Star by Simeon Dumdum Jr.
Marginal Annotations and Other Poems by Edith L. Tiempo
Baha-Bahagdang Karupukan (Layers of Weaknesses) by Jim Pascual Agustin
Himno ng Apoy sa Gubat ng Dilim (Music of Fire in the Forest of Darkness) by Arlan Camba, Pia Montalban, and MJ Rafal


Work on the Mountain by N.V.M. Gonzalez
Looking Back 6: Prehistoric Philippines by Ambeth R. Ocampo
Bones of Contention: The Andres Bonifacio Lectures by Ambeth R. Ocampo 
The Opposing Thumb: Decoding Literature of the Marcos Regime by Leonard Casper
Looking Back 4: Chulalongkorn's Elephants by Ambeth R. Ocampo
Looking Back by Ambeth R. Ocampo
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler 
Personal: Mga Sanaysay sa Lupalop ng Gunita (Personal: Essays in the Territory of Memory) by Rene O. Villanueva
Caring for the Last Frontier by David A. Ponce de Leon
Halos Isang Buhay (Almost a Life) by Edgar Calabia Samar
Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction by Mark Maslin
The Discovery of Global Warming by Spencer R. Weart 
From Darna to Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Desire and Fantasy: Essays on Literature and Popular Culture by Soledad S. Reyes


  1. Rise - Great post title, great list, and a great year of posts. I can't wait to see what the new year brings!

    1. Thanks, Scott. I'll be posting my top 10 before the year ends.

  2. But, but, what are you doing the next two weeks?

    1. I'll be working. And holidaying. And reading Swann's Way most likely. I'll maybe save the speed reading for the new year. :)

    2. But if you're still reading, then isn't your list premature?

    3. Yep. I'll update the post if I do read another book, but in general I'll take it easy on the reading so maybe I'll not finish one.

  3. Rise, I wanted to recommend this book to you btu couldn't seem to find you on goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17927384-mountainfit

    1. Thanks, Aloi. It's a book of great interest. I hope to read it too.

  4. No Bernhard review, Rise? Tsk, tsk. That would have been fun! I need to get Knausgaard and Krasznahorkai next year although I guess the latter is still possible for me this year (might start with Satantango now, though). Otherwise, what Scott said (Miguel's first question made me laugh!). Thanks for all the readin'/writin' inspiration this year. You're gonna host the Aira Reading Challenge next year, of course, right? It's been a long time since the Bolaño one you hosted, you know! :D

  5. It's tempting to host an Aira Reading Challenge, Richard. But I foresee some work-related things next year preventing me from monitoring the challenge.

    K & K are definitely prose stylists worth spending quality reading time. I hope to read more from them.

    I planned to review Bernhard for the German Lit Month but was stuck gazing at the void, in the wing chair.


  6. If anyone wants to host an Aira challenge, I'm game.

    1. Yayks. Me, too. There's around a dozen already in English, I've read all but two.