99 books — a Literary Canon in Icons

in reverse chronological order. Why not? (List may change a bit over time…)

I create black and white svg icons for each book: they might be modified and refined as I go along. Work in progress.

Icons done

Åsne Seierstad. One of Us (2015)
Maylis de Kerangal. Birth of a Bridge (2010)
Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010)
Tony Judt. The Memory Chalet (2010)
China Miéville. The City & the City (2009)
Christine Brooke-Rose. Life, End of (2006)
Tony Judt. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005)
J.G. Ballard. Millenium People (2003)
Per Petterson. Out Stealing Horses (2003)
Jean Hatzfeld. Life Laid Bare (2000) and Machete Season (2003)
François Bon. Paysage fer (2000)
Legs McNeill and Gillian McCain. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (1997)
Orhan Pamuk. The Black Book (1990)
Jacques Roubaud. Something Black (1986)
Thomas Bernhard. Old Masters, a Comedy (1985)
Pierre Hadot. Philosophy as a Way of Life (1981)
Howard Zinn. A People’s History of the United States (1980)
Georges Perec. Life a User’s Manual (1978)
Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms : the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller (1976)
Joe Haldeman. The Forever War — 1974
John Berger. G. (1972)
Varlam Shalamov. Kolyma Tales (1966)
Italo Calvino. Cosmicomics (1965)
Frank Herbert. Dune (1965)
Hannah Arendt. Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963)
Giorgio Bassani. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1962)
Stanisław Lem. Solaris (1961)
Raymond Queneau. Hundred Thousand Billion Poems (1961)
Georges Perros. Papiers collés (1961–1978)
Vasily Grossman. Life and Fate (1959)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. The Leopard (1958)
Witold Gombrowicz. Diary (1957–66)
Naguib Mahfouz. The Cairo Trilogy (1956–57)
Vladimir Nabokov. Lolita (1955)
Ludwig Wittgenstein († 1951). Body of work.
André Gide. Journal (1950)
Henry Miller. The Rosy Crucifixion (1949–59)
Primo Levi. If This is a Man (1947)
Albert Camus. The Plague. (1947)
Victor Klemperer. LTI, Lingua Tertii Imperii : a philologist’s notebook (1947)
Marc Bloch. Strange Defeat (1940, published 1946)
Witold Gombrowicz. Ferdydurke (1937)
Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Journey to the End of the Night (1932)
Robert Musil. The Man Without Qualities (1930–43)
Yevgeny Zamyatin. We (1924)
James Joyce. Ulysses (1922)
Karl Kraus. The Last Days of Mankind (1922)
André Breton and Philippe Soupault. The Magnetic Fields (1920)
Natsume Sōseki. Botchan (1906)
Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness (1899)
Arthur Rimbaud. Poésies complètes. c. 1869–1873
Lewis Carroll. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Charles Baudelaire. Les fleurs du mal (1857)
Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary (1856)
Herman Melville. Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (1853)
Karl Marx. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis-Napoléon (1852)
Stendhal. Le Rouge et le Noir (1830)
Grimm Brothers. Children’s and Household Tales (1812)
Samuel Pepys. Diaries (1660–1669)
Shakespeare. Complete Works (1623)
Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote (1605–1615)
Michel de Montaigne. Essais (1580–1592)
Rabelais. La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel (1532–64)
Niccolò Machiavelli. The Prince (1532)
Reynard (12th-13th c.)
The letters of Abelard and Héloïse (c. 1150)
Boethius. The Consolation of Philosophy (c. 524)
Marcus Aurelius. Meditations (2d c. AC)
Aristotle. On the Soul is a particular favorite of mine (4th c. BC)
Euripides. Medea — 431 BC
Homer. Iliad (c. 800 BC)
Homer. Odyssey (c. 800 BC)


  1. Ali Smith. how to be both (2015)
  2. David Peace. Occupied City (2009)
  3. Christine Brooke-Rose. Invisible author : last essays (2002)
  4. Saadallah Wannous. Une mort éphémère (2001)
  5. Jacques Roubaud. Le grand incendie de Londres (1989–2008)
  6. Ken Saro-Wiwa. Sozaboy (1986)
  7. George Oppen. Complete Poems (1975)
  8. Saul Bellow. Herzog (1964)
  9. Günther Grass. Dog Years (1963)
  10. Eric Hobsbawm. The Age of [Revolution | Capital | Empire] (1962–1987)
  11. Grace Paley. Short Stories (1959–1985)
  12. Günther Anders. L’obsolescence de l’homme (1957–1990)
  13. Hannah Arendt. The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)
  14. Hans Fallada. Every Man Dies Alone (1947)
  15. Mikhael Bulgakov. The Master and Margarita (1940, published 1973)
  16. Karl Kraus. The Third Walpurgis Night (1933)
  17. George Orwell’s Essays (193~-1950)
  18. John Dos Passos. Manhattan Transfer (1925)
  19. Franz Kafka. The Trial (1915, published 1925)
  20. Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina (1878)
  21. Alexis de Tocqueville. De la démocratie en Amérique (1835–40)
  22. Laurence Sterne. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759–67)
  23. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature (1740)
  24. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  25. Juvenal. Satires (1st c. AC)
  26. Plato. Dialogues (5th/4th c. BC)
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