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Do people read the literary works of these writers these days?

January 23 at 15:41

I wonder if these literary works are only limited to those who study comparative literature or other related fields at the university level since they are a little "outdated" compared with the bestsellers.

Another demotivating reason for not reading the original could be the abundance of the translated version in languages you are more comfortable with. Spanish and French are Roman languages, and maybe(???) it makes little or no difference if we read "Don Quixote" and "Les Miserables" in the other Roman languages other than the original.

Would you recommend reading a bilingual version, such as the one for the Shakespearean play, or would a glossary accompanying the text suffice?

Which literary work by a particular writer would you recommend reading in the first place for a non-native and why?

https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Their-Lives-Works-DK/dp/1465474773/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=writers+their+lives+and+works&qid=1674488420&sprefix=writers+their+l%2Caps%2C105&sr=8-1

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