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Best I read in 2004

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A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Classics)
A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Classics)
"Episodic conflicts and scandals tangle around the cold, aloof and cunning Pechorin, the ultimate 'superfluous man'.  Romantic, quixotic, enthralling, sad."
The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics)
"An invisible but disorientating, alienating, ubiquitous and implicitly hostile authority turns on Joseph K., who seeks desperately to comprehend the process sweeping him helplessly towards his fate."
The Sorrows of Young Werther (Classics)
The Sorrows of Young Werther (Classics)
"Only his unattainable love Lotte holds constant for Werther, while all the rest of his world first rises and excites him but only crumbles in the end.  Written from close experience."
If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Vintage Classics)
If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Vintage Classics)
"Adeptly controlled adventure of 'You, the reader' through a series of abruptly ending flights of imagination.  Percipient, sly and rewarding."
Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
"Beautiful rhyming-verse recreation of this seminal, vernacular poem of social commentary, word-play, pride and thwarted love."
Fathers and Sons
Fathers and Sons
"Another classic 'superfluous man', the talented and self-proclaimed anarchist Bazarov, returns from university with his younger disciple to the estates of their fathers.  Insightful, if detached."
Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics)
Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Struggling historian Roquentin faces alone the truth of his existence as Sartre explores his own philosophy.  Striking condemnations of 'bourgeois' life and values."
Dead Souls (Penguin Classics)
Dead Souls (Penguin Classics)
"Funny, ironic and engaging, the embittered trickster Chichikov roams the hinterland of a typical provincial town to deal with a series of Russian caricatures, whom he befriends, bewilders or scares."