Authors that Everyone Should Read

Authors that Everyone Should Read

Luis Ruano is one of the smartest and most talented people that I know. The reason the world does not know about his paintings and books is because he lives in Havana, Cuba. Unless one worships the Communist system, one will not be famous on a national scale. Luis is a man of principle.

I remember that when I was growing up, he always enjoyed talking to me about books and writers. So, when I last visited Cuba (now over 10 years ago), I asked him to compile a list of writers that I should read. I had los the list for years, but just recently rediscoverd it. This is part of his list. The names that are crossed out are the ones that I have read at least one book from. If you want to expand your horizons, if you want to learn, if you want to become a better human being, then read the authors on this list. The ones with the asterisk are the ones he marked as must reads.

-James Joyce*
Edgar Allan Poe*
-O. Henry
-Mark Twain
-H.P. Lovecraft*
-Henry James
-James Thurber*
-Albert Maltz
-J.D. Sallinger*
-William Saroyan
Julio Cortazar
Jorge Luis Borges
Franz Kafka*
Ray Bradbury*
-Virgilio Piñneira*
-John Dos Passos
-Anton Chekov
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky*
-Truman Capote
-Guillermo Cabera Infante*
-Honore de Balzac*
-Lino Novas Calvo*
-Gustave Flaubert

That’s it for now!

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