“¿Cuál es tu idea de felicidad perfecta?”, le preguntaron a David Bowie. “Leer”, respondió el músico inglés. Esta es la primera pregunta del cuestionario Proust*, al que el intérprete de Space Oddity respondió para la revista Vanity Fair a finales del siglo XX.

Otra de las preguntas fue “¿Cuál es la característica que más valoras en un hombre?” y su respuesta fue “La habilidad de devolver libros”.

Amante de la lectura, “tres años antes de morir, Bowie reveló los 100 libros que habían forjado su carrera y cambiado su forma de ver el mundo. Este es su legado y una invitación irresistible para sumergirte de verdad en los libros y en su poder para transformarnos”, detalla la descripción de la obra El Club de la lectura de David Bowie (2019), de John O’Connell.

La lista incluye desde comics, literatura y ejemplares sobre música hasta autores como Anthony Burgess, Gustav Flaubert, George Orwell, Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov, T. S, Elliot, John Kennedy Toole, Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, la poesía de Frank O’Hara y clásicos como Homero y Dante Alighieri.

Para cualquiera que planee realizar un viaje épico, te compartimos la lista completa:

  1. Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester // Entrevistas con Francis Bacon
  2. Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
  3. Room At The Top by John Braine
  4. On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
  5. Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard
  6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess // La Naranja Mecánica
  7. City Of Night by John Rechy // La Ciudad de La Noche
  8. The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  9. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  10. Iliad by Homer // La Ilíada
  11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner // Mientras agonizo
  12. Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo
  13. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
  14. Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell
  15. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
  16. Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall
  17. David Bomberg by Richard Cork
  18. Blast by Wyndham Lewis
  19. Passing by Nella Larson
  20. Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto
  21. The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
  22. In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner
  23. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
  24. The Divided Self by R. D. Laing
  25. The Stranger by Albert Camus // El Extranjero
  26. Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman
  27. The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf
  28. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
  29. Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
  30. The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  31. The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark
  32. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  33. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  34. Puckoon by Spike Milligan
  35. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  36. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // El Gran Gatsby
  37. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
  38. Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
  39. The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot // La Tierra Baldía
  40. McTeague by Frank Norris
  41. Money by Martin Amis // Dinero
  42. The Outsider by Colin Wilson
  43. Strange People by Frank Edwards
  44. English Journey by J.B. Priestley
  45. A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole // La Conjura de los Necios
  46. The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West // El Día de la Langosta
  47. 1984 by George Orwell
  48. The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White
  49. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

    David Bowie, con una camiseta naranja y su amigo George Underwood, quien proporcionó la imagen inédita, la cual fue tomada a bordo de Amtrak en algún lugar entre Nueva Orleans y Chicago en la primera gira por Estados Unidos en 1972. Foto tomada de www.davidbowie.com


  50. Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
  51. Beano (comic, ’50s)
  52. Raw (comic, ’80s)
  53. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  54. Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick
  55. Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage
  56. Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley
  57. The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete
  58. Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky
  59. The Street by Ann Petry
  60. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
  61. Last Exit To Brooklyn By Hubert Selby, Jr.
  62. A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn
  63. The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
  64. Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
  65. The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
  66. The Bridge by Hart Crane
  67. All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd
  68. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  69. Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess // Poderes Terrenales
  70. The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
  71. Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders
  72. The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
  73. Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey
  74. Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich
  75. Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
  76. The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford
  77. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote // A Sangre Fría
  78. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  79. Teenage by Jon Savage
  80. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  81. The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
  82. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  83. Viz (comic, early ’80s)
  84. Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
  85. Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
  86. The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens // Juicio a Kissinger
  87. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
  88. Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont
  89. On The Road by Jack Kerouac // En el Camino
  90. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler
  91. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  92. Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi
  93. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  94. The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
  95. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  96. A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
  97. The Insult by Rupert Thomson
  98. In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan
  99. A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes
  100. Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg


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