Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist.
Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder, noticeably paler and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair. I don’t want those things to happen to me, and so I greedily devour all the fabrications, myths, contradictions, and mortal games of the great Julio Cortázar. ~Pablo Neruda
JORGE LUIS BORGES Argentine writer, one of the most prominent of the literature of the XX century
Before you quit, try - Ernest Hemingway
Anton Chekhov in 1889. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: 29 January 1860-15 July 1904) was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."
Anton Chekhov 1889
Gabriel Garcia Marquez with "One Hundred Years of Solitude" on his head.
simone de beauvoir by Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it." -- Joseph Conrad
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
When you are old and grey and full of sleep~And nodding by the fire, take down this book~And slowly read, and dream of the soft look~Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep~How many loved your moments of glad grace~And loved your beauty with love false or true~But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you ... W.B. Yeats
W. B. Yeats
Samuel Beckett with “Murphy” and “Watt”
Mark Twain playing pool with his cat