Books on a Desert Island

A number of people have been asking me recently why I’ve stopped blogging. Perhaps there’s nothing wrong if I start again. In Lieu of a Field Guide recently posted a list of books that he’d likely bring on a desert island. Here’s my own list of 50+ titles, including my current favorite books*, books I’d like to finish reading**, and others that somehow had a huge influence on my way of thinking at different moments of my life***:

  • The Dispossessed* by Ursula Le Guin
  • Poems: 1913-1956* by Bertolt Brecht
  • The Communist Manifesto* by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
  • Mao Zedong on Dialectical Materialism*, Edited by Nick Knight
  • Gera* by Ruth Firmeza
  • Mga Tula* by Gelacio Guillermo
  • Muog: Ang Naratibo ng Kanayunan sa Matagalang Digmang Bayan*, Edited by Gelacio Guillermo
  • Aesthetics of Resistance Volume I* by Peter Weiss
  • The Wretched of the Earth* by Frantz Fanon
  • Theory of the Subject* by Alain Badiou
  • Virgin Soil* by Ivan Turgenev
  • Petals of Blood* by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Soul* by Andrey Platonov
  • Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain* by J. Moufawad-Paul
  • Cuzcatlan* by Manlio Argueta
  • Feast and Famine: Stories of Negros* by Rosario Cruz Lucero
  • Four Hands* by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
  • We Want Everything* by Nanni Balestrini
  • Canto General* by Pablo Neruda 
  • Selected Military Writings of Mao Tse-Tung**
  • Iain Banks’ Culture Series**
  • Marxism and the Philosophy of Language** by V.N. Voloshinov
  • Collected Plays** by Bertolt Brecht
  • The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun**
  • Capital Volumes 1-3** by Karl Marx
  • Grundrisse** by Karl Marx
  • The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays** by M.M. Bakhtin
  • Class and Nation, Historically and in the Current Crisis** by Samir Amin
  • Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists and Other Essays*** by Louis Althusser
  • Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics*** by Jacques Ranciere
  • State and Revolution*** by V.I. Lenin
  • What is to Be Done*** by V.I. Lenin
  • Clandestine Poems*** by Roque Dalton
  • The Military Art of People’s War: Selected Writings of General Vo Nguyen Giap***
  • Pook at Paninindigan: Kritika ng Pantayong Pananaw*** by Ramon Guillermo
  • Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World*** by Eduardo Galeano
  • The Task of Cultural Critique*** by Teresa Ebert
  • Selections from the Prison Notebooks*** by Antonio Gramsci
  • The Light of Liberty: Documents and Studies on the Katipunan, 1892-1897*** by Jim Richardson
  • Eurocentrism and the Communist Movement*** by Robert Biel
  • Philippine Society and Revolution*** by Jose Ma. Sison
  • Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage*** by Pete Lacaba
  • Agaw-Dilim, Agaw Liwanag*** by Lualhati Milan-Abreu
  • War and Peace*** by Leo Tolstoy
  • Brothers Karamazov*** by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Master and Margarita*** by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Blow-Up and Other Stories*** by Julio Cortazar
  • Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings*** by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Pedro Paramo*** by Juan Rulfo
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