I think I saw the quote for the thread title from the introduction to Life & Fate but I can't find it after a quick scan. Basically the idea is a great novel that by-passed the technical 'advances' achieved during modernism and after. Great reads that wouldn't be too out of step from a 19th century novel yet are inescapably set in the 20th/21st. Because of WWII. Or Marxism-Leninism. Or Nazis. And it looks like it could've been serialised and/or its about 500 pages. More like 800 pages onwards but I wanted to include the Tanizaki.
The options were all I could come up with lol. The page limit really limits 19th century novel to things like "what's as good as Middlemarch, Moby-Dick or Karamazov" when of course that's not all the 19th century is known for but I think the accomplished fat novel is a thing that really came into its own from the 1850s and that a few people achieved quickly in the West.
|Halldor Laxness - Indepedent People (1934-35)||2|
|Junichiro Tanizaki - Makioka Sisters (1943-48)||2|
|Vasily Grossman - Life & Fate (1960)||1|
|Christina Stead - The Man Who Loved Children (1940)||1|
|Elena Ferrante - Neapolitan Novels (2011-14)||1|
|Uwe Johnson - Anniversaries (1970-83)||0|
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 10 November 2022 15:22 (three weeks ago)