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The only living author all but guaranteed to be regarded as a giant of literature in 500 years?
fucking hell, that's news to me. he must be about 90?
never mind being alive.
Uhh... James Patterson.
I'd bet that in 1000 years (assuming people are still around and read) that Shakespeare will be still read as widely etc.
but he is guaranteed, yes. love in the time of cholera's still one of the most wonderful things i've ever read
people will have hopefully found all the other awesome south american writing by then
but I'd sling Rushdie in there
I've never read any of his books, despite hearing great things.
Maybe I'll say Cormac McCarthy, though history is the only judge.
if he hadn't died so tragically W G Sebald would be there IMO.
Thomas Pynchon is a possibility. Philip Roth will probably be remembered but not as a giant.
he gave all the characters in 100 years of Solitude (I think) the same name.
and if you've read it and dislike it, begone.
GIANT OF LITERATURE
is quite possibly the best novel I've ever read, totally engrossing bit of surreal fantasy stuffy. Also read that account of the woman that got kidnapped but i can't remember what that was called, very good though it was. He got me interested in south american literature though and onto people like thomas eloy martinez. What other good south american authors are there? Anyone read any Borges?
'Hopscotch' is better than any Garcia Marquez book. Honest. And I love him so much too, so...
But anyhow, if you haven't read it, definitely check it out, it's beyond incredible.
And Augusto Roa Bastos was a great Paraguayan writer, and 'I, The Supreme' is completely astonishing and way undervalued novel (even if it is critically heralded as much as the best work by either of the other two authors).
will definitely check them out
Not that you shouldn't be, I'm just curious.
I have been as long as I can remember. It's a pretty interesting and overlooked place as far as most things go. I mean, not for 'travelling' or football maybe, but with most things it's a pretty ignored region.
I just ordered 'I, the supreme' for 1p + p&p of amazon. amazing.
how many authors can you name from over 500 years ago?
you really blew my argument out of the water
skelton, chaucer, earl of surrey, wyatt, virgil, catullus, petronius, homer, sophocles, euripides, terence, plautus, propertius, horace, cicero, petrarch, ovid, tibullus, appolonius, callimachus, menander, lucretius, st augustine, quintillian, .
i'm not stopping because i've run out but because i've made my point and i really can't be bothered to list more because the list is pretty massive.
i think he will be more appreciated IN THE FUTURE.
RIGHT NOW. it's pretty intense, but i completely love it.
where o where do i go next, marquez wise?
i like the title. thank you!
what's the film of "...cholera" like? and has anyone ever tried to adapt "one hundred years..." for film? i can't imagine so.
idk you get some south american film adaptations of these things but i dont think they done that one
but i'm sure mel gibson could do it
you should read stuff by him
i like the sound of "2666"
is the easy option, beautiful short story collection.
now that Michael Crichton's popped his clogs
jose saramago as a likely candidate.
i think rushdie is also a likely candidate; he's a regular author for study at oxford which suggests a certain canonical position (sort of).
is a regular author of study at any university worth it's weight in salt.
which i guess is the point really.