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100 Favorite Books

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War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

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I made a list of 100 favorite books out of many that I have read over the years, pick any to read, they are timeless, perhaps the greatest books ever written, in my opinion.

Arranged by date of Publication:

700 BC: The Odyssey – Homer
620 BC: Aesop’s Fables – Aesop
500 BC: The Art of War – Sun Tzu
431 BC: Medea – Euripides
429 BC: Oedipus the King – Sophocles
375 BC: The Symposium – Plato
335 BC: Poetics – Aristotle
360 BC: Anabasis – Xenophon
1021:  The Tale of Genji  – Murasaki Shikibu
1603: The Hamlet – William Shakespeare
1605: Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
1669: Pensées – Blaise Pascal
1670: Haiku Poems – Matsuo Basho
1719: Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
1720: Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai – Yamamoto Tsunetomo
1759: Candide – Voltaire
1765: Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1791: The Rights of Man  – Thomas Paine
1808:  Faust – Goethe
1825: Eugene Onegin – Aleksandr Pushkin
1830: The Red and the Black – Stendhal
1835:  Father Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
1839: The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
1840: A Hero for our Time – Mikhail Lermontov
1842: Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
1843: Fear and Trembling – Soren Kierkegaard
1848: The Communist Manifesto –  Karl Marx
1850: David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
1851: Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
1852: Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth Leo Tolstoy
1852: A Sportsman’s Sketches –  Ivan Turgenev
1854: Walden – Henry David Thoreau
1855: Rudin – Ivan Turgenev
1856: Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
1859: On the Origin Of Species – Charles Darwin
1859: Oblomov – Ivan Goncharov
1860: First Love – Ivan Turgenev
1862: Fathers and Sons –  Ivan Turgenev
1862: Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
1866: Crime and Punishment –  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1868: The Idiot –  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1869: War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
1874: The Mysterious Island –  Jules Verne
1877: Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
1880: The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1883: Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
1884: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
1885: Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
1886: The Death of Ivan Illysch – Leo Tolstoy
1886:  Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
1889: The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
1892: The Conquest of Bread – Peter Kropotkin
1892: Ward No. 6 – Anton Chekhov
1897: What Is Art? – Leo Tolstoy
1899: The Darling – Anton Chekhov
1897: Dracula –  Bram Stoker
1899: The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund Freud
1899: Resurrection – Leo Tolstoy
1906: The Mother – Maxim Gorky
1906: White Fang – Jack London
1913: In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
1916: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory – Albert Einstein
1920: Women in Love – D. H. Lawrence
1922: Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
1925: The Trial – Franz Kafka
1928: The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
1930: Civilization and Its Discontents – Sigmund Freud
1932: Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
1938: Nausea– Jean-Paul Sartre
1938: Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell
1939: And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
1941: Mother Courage and Her Children  – Bertolt Brecht
1942: The Stranger – Albert Camus
1942  The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
1943: Life of Galileo – Bertolt Brecht
1947: Doctor Faustus Thomas Mann
1948: Intruder in the Dust – William Faulkner
1948: Joseph and His Brothers – Thomas Mann
1949: Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
1951: Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabokov
1952: The Old Man and the Sea –  Ernest Hemingway
1953: Freedom or Death – Nikos Kazantzakis
1953: Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
1954: The Sound of the Mountain –  Yasunari Kawabata
195:  Il disprezzo – Alberto Moravia
1955: Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
1957: Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
1959: Cien Sonetos de Amor – Pablo Neruda
1961: Solaris Stanisław Lem
1962: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1964: Man and His Symbols  – Carl Jung
1967: One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
1973: The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1978: Life: A User’s Manual Georges Perec
1980: Cosmos – Carl Sagan
1980: Waiting for the Barbarians – J. M. Coetzee
1987: Sculpting in Time – Andrei Tarkovsky
1989: Hollywood – Charles Bukowski
1995:  Blindness – José Saramago

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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On Design: Room Design

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Room

“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up. It is surprising how many great men and women a small house will contain”

from Walden (1854) by  Henry David Thoreau.

More than a week ago, I wrote about designing book covers (Read here), and at the end of the article, I refereed to my room and promised to write and suggest some tips about designing your room, I got a few email asking for the article, bust watching Football kept me away, now,  the World Cup is over (I was cheering for Argentina, but it wasn’t to be), I got some hours of spare time, so here is how I planned and designed my room:

In Winter Time

In Winter Time

As I mentioned in the previous article; designing a book cover is not much different from designing your room,  or as a matter of fact; in designing anything that exist in nature, there are a few elements you have to consider; Space, Objects, Layout, Theme, Colors, and Time.

Having a deep passion for cinema, I wanted my room to become like an inside of a theater, the reason for that is because I use the room mostly to watch film and write, and in order for one to feel comfortable in an environment, one must reshape that environment to one’s liking and taste, only then can one become creative and feel comfortable.

One of the question that I’m always asked as to why I choose the color Red as the primarily color for the room? I chose is for the simple reason that it is my favorite color, and also; by its nature, Red is an active color, it attract the eye, move and animate one, but to balance the Red, the second color that I have used it Black, almost every object that I choose to decorate the room has a tone of black to it; from the DVD/Book Shelves, to the wood on the door, tables, furniture and even the frame of the posters on the wall, Black is the secondary color.

I like to think that I have divided the room into Seven different parts, each function independently from other in term of its suggestive layout, rather an abstract notion to explain, but I will try my best to point out the reason I divided the room into Seven parts:

Posters

Posters

1. Passion for Cinema: When you walk into the room, the first think you encounter is a collection of Film Posters on the wall (Read about my selection of Posters here), there are a total of 38 Film Posters, they are my favorite films from my favorite directors, I have designed some of the posters myself, others I have collected, some were given as a gift by friends (thanks Ruben), and I have printed most of them. The frame are made of wood, all in the same style; black. In a way, one side of the room is almost like a small wall on a museum to be looked at.

Shelves

Shelves

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
― from Walden (1854) by  Henry David Thoreau.

Tolstoy standout about the rest

Tolstoy standout about the rest

2. DVD and Book Collection: On the other side of the wall, hang floating shelves, therefore taking very little space, for now; space are filling up, which mean in the future, I might have to add more shelves at the bottom of it. So far; it hold more than 720 DVD cases (total of 3330 DVDs in them), and more than 200 book. Although I primarily collect DVDs from Criterion, Master of Cinema, and other known publishing label, I also have large quantity of Film that I brought back from the States with only the disk and no cases, a reason that I decided to display the DVDs by directors and countries, for example; I have the complete works of Hitchcocks both on DVDs and Blu-rays, for the blu-rays they are in their own cases, but for the DVDs, I have combined many film into one case, therefore saving space, same is true for Soviet cinema; I managed to display one hundreds years of Soviet films into at total of 96 DVDs cases, there are total of 645 DVDs in those 96 cases.