50 Incredibly Tough Books for Extreme Readers

 

  • Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
  • Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  • Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • J.R. – William Gaddis
  • Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Bad Behavior – Mary Gaitskill
  • In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
  • Alphabetical Africa – Walter Abish
  • Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
  • Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs
  • The Faerie Queen – Edmund Spenser
  • Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  • Pet Semetary – Stephen King
  • Coin Locker Babies – Ryu Murakami
  • Battle Royale – Koushun Takami
  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  • To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski
  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  • Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany
  • The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  • The Simarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Hopscotch – Julio Cortazar
  • Out – Natsuo Kirino
  • 2666 – Roberto Bolano
  • Tampa – Alissa Nutting
  • The Conservationist – Nadine Gordimer
  • Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  • Clarissa, Or the Tale of a Young Lady – Samuel Richardson
  • The Unfortunates – B.S. Johnson
  • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis  – Lydia Davis
  • The Tunnel – William Glass
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  • The Demon – Hubert Selby Jr.
  • The Royal Family – William T. Vollmann
  • Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  • A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenisyn
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