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Atlas – 81st – The Goldfinch List


Carel Fabritius The Goldfinch, 1654

Carel Fabritius
The Goldfinch, 1654


I have begun a list of fiction that is about a work of art (or several), real or imagined.  With the help of some friends I began compiling The Goldfinch List.  Named for Donna Tartt’s thrilling book from 2013 with a tiny painting at it’s core, the list is here on Goodreads, and grows and changes by votes.  I highly recommend The Goldfinch.  The plot orbits around the painting and the universal desire for it.  I hope to get through much of this list in the coming months and years.  If you have books to suggest please vote on Goodreads or please let me know.  Note: I will be doing a separate list for nonfiction and a list of films as well.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard
The Fall by Albert Camus
Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Dead Certainties by Simon Schama
The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber
The Art Thief by Noah Charney
The Center of the World by Thomas van Essen
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Additions on 5/16

The Outcry by William James
The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac
L’œuvre by Émile Zola
Blow-Up by Julio Cortázar
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Troubled Sleep by Jean-Paul Sartre
Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies


6 Responses to “Atlas – 81st – The Goldfinch List”

  1. Austin K

    The Outcry – William James Le chef-d’œuvre inconnu – Balzac L’œuvre – Zola

    Train going underground – more later

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  2. Austin K

    The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

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  3. Austin K

    Blow-Up (short story) – Julio Cortázar An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro

    Is there a limit per Atlas reader? I could do this all day

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  4. Matt Tung

    Oh, Balzac’s Unknown Masterpiece!

    An Artist of the Floating World is a good one. One of my favorite reads of recent times.


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