If it weren’t for Richard Howard‘s translations, I would not have been able to read numerous important books, among them the following:
Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, Mourning Diary, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes, and Mythologies: The Complete Edition
André Breton’s Nadja
Michel Butor’s Mobile
Emil Cioran’s The Trouble with Being Born, A Short History of Decay, and Drawn and Quartered
Gilles Deleuze’s Proust and Signs
Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Jealousy, In the Labyrinth, The Voyeur, Repetition, and The Erasers
Stendhal’s The Charterhouse of Parma
I am likely forgetting other books. In any case, Howard enlarged and enriched the literary world, moreover the so-called real world as a whole.
John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.