Books I've read

In 2020

  1. The Craftsman, by Richard Sennett
  2. Beginner's Hindi Script, by Rupert Snell
  3. Knowledge: a very short introduction, by Jennifer Nagel
  4. 80 mots de l'Inde, par Mira Kamdar
  5. Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer
  6. Poétique, par Aristote
  7. Par-delà nature et culture, par Philippe Descola
  8. Six leçons sur le son et le sens, par Roman Jakobson
  9. Cogitamus: six lettres sur les humanités scientifiques, par Bruno Latour
  10. L'inconstance de l'âme sauvage, par Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
  11. Uncanny Valley, by Anna Wiener
  12. The Strange Bird, by Jeff VanderMeer
  13. Politique des multiplicités: Pierre Clastres face à l'état, par Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
  14. Abondance et liberté, par Pierre Charbonnier
  15. Saudades do Brasil, par Claude Lévi-Strauss
  16. Comparative Metaphysics: Ontology after Anthropology, by Pierre Charbonnier, Gildas Salmon and Peter Skafish (editors)
  17. Galileo's Error: Foundations for a new science of consciousness, by Philip Goff
  18. La Chute du Ciel, par Davi Kopenawa et Bruce Albert
  19. Les Âmes sauvages, par Nastassja Martin
  20. Mr Palomar, by Italo Calvino
  21. Islands of History, by Marshall Sahlins
  22. Le Vieux qui lisait des romans d'amour, par Luis Sepulveda
  23. Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India, by Shashi Tharoor
  24. Orientalism, by Edward W. Said
  25. Good Entertainment, by Byung-Chul Han
  26. La plus précieuse des marchandises, par Jean-Claude Grumberg
  27. Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
  28. Ha Ha Hu Hu, followed by Vishnu Sharma Learns English, by Viswanatha Satyanarayana
  29. Métamorphoses de l'intelligence: Que faire de leur cerveau bleu?, par Catherine Malabou
  30. Anthropology: why it matters, by Tim Ingold
  31. The Ice at the End of the World, by Jon Gertner
  32. Provincializing Europe, by Dipesh Chakrabarty
  33. Exhalation, by Ted Chiang
  34. The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house, by Audre Lorde
  35. The Book of Memory, by Mary Carruthers
  36. The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom
  37. Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé et autres nouvelles, par Marguerite Yourcenar
  38. Les Natures en question, sous la direction de Philippe Descola
  39. Manières d'être vivant, par Baptiste Morizot
  40. Coming of age in Samoa, by Margaret Mead
  41. Sous bénéfice d'inventaire, par Marguerite Yourcenar
  42. The Ends of the World, by Deborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
  43. Fragment d'histoire future, par Gabriel Tarde
  44. Cannibal metaphysics, by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
  45. L'Autre-Mental, par Pierre Deleage
  46. Contre François Jullien, par Jean-François Billeter
  47. Acheminement vers la parole, par Martin Heidegger
  48. Idées pour retarder la fin du monde, par Ailton Krenak
  49. La Société contre l'État, par Pierre Clastres
  50. Novacene, by James Lovelock
  51. Les Batailles nocturnes, par Carlo Ginzburg
  52. Coyote Anthropology, by Roy Wagner
  53. Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, by Tom Stoppard
  54. The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, by Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney
  55. Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
  56. Fathoms: The World in the Whale, by Rebecca Giggs

In 2019

  1. Age of Anger, by Pankaj Mishra
  2. The New Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan
  3. The Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan
  4. Purity and Danger, by Mary Douglas
  5. The Shipwrecked Mind: on political reaction, by Mark Lilla
  6. The Demon in the Machine, by Paul Davies
  7. Belt and Road, by Bruno Maçães
  8. Dreaming in Chinese, by Deborah Fallows
  9. Literature and the Gods, by Roberto Calasso
  10. The Uninhabitable Earth, by David Wallace-Wells
  11. Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou
  12. Iran: Empire of the Mind, by Michael Axworthy
  13. Spring, by Ali Smith
  14. The Great Derangement: Climate change and the unthinkable, by Amitav Ghosh
  15. Le Moyen Age et l'Argent, par Jacques Le Goff
  16. Paul: A Very Short Introduction, by E.P. Sanders
  17. The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, by Kwame Anthony Appiah
  18. Confronting the Classics, by Mary Beard
  19. The Unnamable Present, by Roberto Calasso
  20. Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, by Roy Scranton
  21. Seven types of Atheism, by John Gray
  22. Upheaval, by Jared Diamond
  23. Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, by Richard Sennett
  24. Conversation avec Trotski, par Simone Weil
  25. Le Neveu de Rameau, par Denis Diderot
  26. Le Pied de Fumiko, par Junichiro Tanizaki
  27. The last days of new Paris, by China Miéville
  28. Le Llano en flammes, par Juan Rulfo
  29. La pesanteur et la grâce, par Simone Weil
  30. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World, by Pedro Domingos
  31. The Book of Why: the new science of cause and effect, by Judea Pearl
  32. Le Fromage et les vers, par Carlo Ginzburg
  33. The Weil conjectures, by Karen Olsson
  34. Byron, par Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  35. Elastic, by Leonard Mlodinow
  36. Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants, par Mathias Enard
  37. Essais et Conférences, par Martin Heidegger
  38. Gun Island, by Amitav Ghosh
  39. The Origins of Creativity, by Edward O. Wilson
  40. Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information, by John D. Caputo
  41. Carthage must be destroyed, by Richard Miles
  42. A Primer for forgetting, by Lewis Hyde
  43. Les Aphorismes de Zürau, par Franz Kafka
  44. A Cabinet of Byzantine curiosities, by Anthony Kaldellis
  45. Où atterrir?, par Bruno Latour
  46. Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world, by Jack Weatherford
  47. The Value of Everything, by Mariana Mazzucato
  48. La mort de Virgile, par Hermann Broch
  49. The mushroom at the end of the world, by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
  50. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
  51. Unruly Waters: A History of the Battle to Understand the Monsoons and Mountain Rivers that Have Shaped South Asia’s History, by Sunil Amrith
  52. La Composition des mondes, par Philippe Descola
  53. Mémoires secrètes d'une poupée, par Silvina Ocampo
  54. The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula Le Guin
  55. Correspondance, par Claude Lévi-Strauss et Roman Jakobson

In 2018

  1. Le caractère fétiche dans la musique, par Theodor Adorno
  2. Autumn, by Ali Smith
  3. Humankind, by Timothy Morton
  4. The Civil Wars, by Appian
  5. Winter, by Ali Smith
  6. Everything under the Heavens, by Howard W. French
  7. The Only Story, by Julian Barnes
  8. Who can you trust?, by Rachel Botsman
  9. The Water Kingdom, by Philip Ball
  10. Mao Zedong: A Life, by Jonathan D. Spence
  11. The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry, by Walter Pater
  12. Thelonious Monk Quartet Featuring John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, by Gabriel Solis
  13. The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction, by Matthew Restall
  14. The Roman Triumph, by Mary Beard
  15. The Art of Strategy, by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff
  16. The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes
  17. Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction, by Sabina Knight
  18. Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik
  19. China's Disruptors, by Edward Tse
  20. Bluets, by Maggie Nelson
  21. China in Ten Words, by Yu Hya
  22. Where I'm reading from, by Tim Parks
  23. Dialogues, par Jorge Luis Borges et Osvaldo Ferrari
  24. Spell it out, by David Crystal
  25. The Fall of the Ottomans, by Eugene Rogan
  26. Charlotte, par David Foenkinos
  27. The Little Virtues, by Natalia Ginzburg
  28. Debussy: a painter in sound, by Stephen Walsh
  29. Risk: a very short introduction, by Baruch Fischhoff and John Kadvany
  30. Ardor, by Roberto Calasso
  31. The Soul of the Marionette, by John N. Gray
  32. Sum: Forty tales from the afterlives, by David Eagleman
  33. Kubernetes: Up & Running, by Kelsey Hightower, Brendan Burns, Joe Beda
  34. The Peregrine, by J.A. Baker
  35. Meno, by Plato
  36. Object-Oriented Ontology, by Graham Harman
  37. Il dit que c'est difficile, par Philippe Djian
  38. Causation: a very short introduction, by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum
  39. Antisocial Media, by Siva Vaidhyanathan
  40. Being Ecological, by Timothy Morton
  41. Summerland, by Hannu Rajaniemi
  42. The Peace Machine, by Özgür Mumcu
  43. Anaximander, by Carlo Rovelli
  44. On Michael Jackson, by Margo Jefferson
  45. The Dawn of Eurasia, by Bruno Maçães
  46. The Ruin of Kasch, by Roberto Calasso
  47. Border, by Kapka Kassabova
  48. Proust and the Squid, by Maryanne Wolf
  49. Intuition Pumps and other tools for thinking, by Daniel C. Dennett
  50. Off the Map, by Alastair Bonnett
  51. Educated, by Tara Westover
  52. Electronic value exchange: origins of the Visa electronic payment system, by David L. Stearns
  53. After me comes the flood, by Sarah Perry
  54. The Mind is Flat, by Nick Chater
  55. K., par Roberto Calasso
  56. Out of my Head, by Tim Parks
  57. Angels and Ages, by Adam Gopnik
  58. Salammbô, par Gustave Flaubert
  59. The Elements: a very short introduction, by Philip Ball
  60. Melmoth réconcilié, par Honoré de Balzac
  61. Melmoth, by Sarah Perry
  62. A Chinese Life, by Li Kunwu
  63. Napoleon's Egypt, by Juan Cole
  64. Milkman, by Anna Burns
  65. WTF?: What's the Future and why it's up to us, by Tim O'Reilly
  66. City of light, by Rupert Christiansen
  67. From the ruins of Empire, by Pankaj Mishra
  68. Hind Swaraj, by Gandhi
  69. Customer Centricity, by Peter Fader
  70. The Black Count, by Tom Reiss
  71. La notion de l'autorité, by Alexandre Kojève
  72. The hedgedog and the fox, by Isaiah Berlin
  73. La Folie Baudelaire, by Roberto Calasso
  74. Gray's Anatomy, by John Gray
  75. Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  76. Rome: a history in seven sackings, by Matthew Kneale

In 2017

  1. Danube, by Claudio Magris
  2. Vous n'aurez pas ma haine, par Antoine Leiris
  3. The Disruptors' Feast, by Frits van Paasschen
  4. 101 things I learned in architecture school, by Matthew Frederick
  5. The Island at the Center of the World, by Russell Shorto
  6. The Systems Bible, by John Gall
  7. On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
  8. Une colère noire, par Ta-Nehisi Coates
  9. Homo Deus, by Yuval Harari
  10. HBR's 10 must reads on change management
  11. Un Homme obscur, par Marguerite Yourcenar
  12. Flâneuse, by Lauren Elkin
  13. The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
  14. Claude Lévi-Strauss, The Poet in the Laboratory, by Patrick Wilcken
  15. The Global Transformation of Time, by Vanessa Ogle
  16. Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  17. La Cheffe, par Marie NDiaye
  18. A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas, by Virginia Woolf
  19. Production-Ready Microservices, by Susan J. Fowler
  20. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, by Daniel C. Dennett
  21. The Manager's Path, by Camille Fournier
  22. De Montaigne à Montaigne, par Claude Lévi-Strauss
  23. Teaching my mother how to give birth, by Warsan Shire
  24. In the light of what we know, by Zia Haider Rahman
  25. The Waves, by Virginia Woolf
  26. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward R. Tufte
  27. An intellectual history of cannibalism, by Cătălin Avramescu
  28. La Fin du monde, par Lucian Boia
  29. The Language Hoax, by John McWhorter
  30. La Haine de la musique, par Pascal Quignard
  31. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
  32. Retour à Reims, par Didier Eribon
  33. On The Map, by Simon Garfield
  34. Sur la lecture, par Marcel Proust
  35. The Byzantine Republic, by Anthony Kaldellis
  36. Ode Maritime, par Fernando Pessoa
  37. Family Lexicon, by Natalia Ginzburg
  38. A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit
  39. The Voices Within, by Charles Fernyhough
  40. Another Gulmohar Tree, by Aamer Hussein
  41. Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu, par Honoré de Balzac
  42. Chère Ijeawele, un manifeste pour une éducation féministe, par Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  43. La Nuit, par Elie Wiesel
  44. Trieste and the meaning of nowhere, by Jan Morris
  45. Signor Giovanni, par Dominique Fernandez
  46. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
  47. Exit West, by Mohsin Ahmid
  48. Le grand méchant renard, par Benjamin Renner
  49. Deng Xiaoping and the transformation of China, by Ezra F. Vogel
  50. A little larger than the universe, by Fernando Pessoa
  51. Other Minds: the octopus, the sea, and the deep origins of consciousness, by Peter Godfrey-Smith
  52. The stuff of thought, by Steven Pinker
  53. Women and Power, by Mary Beard
  54. Microcosmes, par Claudio Magris
  55. Good to Great, by James C. Collins
  56. Histoires du soir pour filles rebelles, par Elena Favilli
  57. The Cultural Revolution, by Frank Dikötter
  58. Chine trois fois muette, par Jean-François Billeter
  59. Pedro Páramo, par Juan Rulfo
  60. Age of Ambition, by Evan Osnos

In 2016

  1. Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
  2. On a retrouvé l'histoire de France, par Jean-Paul Demoule
  3. The Restoration of Rome, by Peter Heather
  4. Version Control, by Dexter Palmer
  5. The Devil in America, by Kai Ashante Wilson
  6. Quiet, by Susan Cain
  7. How Forests Think, by Eduardo Kohn
  8. Disrupted, by Dan Lyons
  9. Cumulus, by Eliot Peper
  10. The Domestication of Language, by Daniel Cloud
  11. Listening Brands, by JR Little
  12. Site Reliability Engineering, edited by Betsy Beyer, Chris Jones, Jennifer Petoff and Niall Richard Murphy
  13. The Age of Em, by Robin Hanson
  14. Collected fiction, by Hannu Rajaniemi
  15. A Burglar's Guide to the City, by Geoff Manaugh
  16. Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, by Duncan Clark
  17. Popular Culture in Ancient Rome, by Jerry Toner
  18. Time Travel, by James Gleick
  19. Effective DevOps, by Jennifer Davis and Katherine Daniels
  20. High Output Management, by Andrew S. Grove
  21. Miss Herbert, by Adam Thirlwell
  22. Racism: a very short introduction, by Ali Rattansi
  23. A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again, by David Foster Wallace
  24. Girl with Curious Hair, by David Foster Wallace
  25. The Mindful Geek, by Michael W. Taft
  26. Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks
  27. Visual Explanations, by Edward R. Tufte

In 2015

  1. Wail, the life of Bud Powell, by Peter Pullman
  2. Le Pigeon, par Patrick Süskind
  3. Moominland Midwinter, by Tove Jansson
  4. The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  5. Finance for Managers, Harvard Business Essentials
  6. In the Shadow of the Sword, by Tom Holland
  7. Axiomatic, by Greg Egan
  8. Alexandre le Grand, par Pierre Briant
  9. Tableau général de l'Empire Othoman, par Mouradgea d'Ohsson (premier volume)
  10. The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura
  11. The Mechanical, by Ian Tregillis
  12. The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels
  13. Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
  14. Complexity, a Very Short Introduction, by John H. Holland
  15. Madness, a Very Short Introduction, by Andrew Scull
  16. The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin
  17. Consciousness, a Very Short Introduction, by Susan Blackmore
  18. Hyperobjects, Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, by Timothy Morton
  19. The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross
  20. Nous n'avons jamais été modernes, par Bruno Latour
  21. Anabasis, by Xenophon
  22. Practical Machine Learning, by Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman
  23. Time Series Databases, by Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman
  24. Resilience Engineering in Practice, edited by Erik Hollnagel, Jean Pariès, David D. Woods and John Wreathall
  25. The Narrator, by Michael Cisco
  26. The Shepherd's Crown, by Terry Pratchett
  27. Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!, by Richard P. Feynman
  28. Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  29. Sicily, an Island at the Crossroads of History, by John Julius Norwich
  30. Situatedness, or why we keep saying where we're coming from, by David Simpson
  31. Histoires comme ça, par Rudyard Kipling

In 2014

  1. Thelonious Monk: the Life and Times of an American Original, by Robin D.G. Kelley
  2. Distributed systems: for fun and profit, by Mikito Takada
  3. Discours sur le système et la vie de Vico, par Jules Michelet (préface aux Principes de la Philosophie de l'Histoire, par Jean-Baptiste (Giambattista) Vico)
  4. The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age, by Frances A. Yates
  5. De l'esprit géométrique, par Blaise Pascal
  6. Imaginary Homelands, by Salman Rushdie
  7. Leçons sur Tchouang-Tseu, par Jean-François Billeter
  8. A Man of Misconceptions, by John Glassie (a biography of Athanasius Kircher)
  9. Isaac Newton, by James Gleick
  10. Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz, by Stanley Crouch
  11. Chuang Tzu, Basic Writings, translated by Burton Watson
  12. Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang
  13. Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis
  14. What Doctor Gottlieb saw, by Ian Tregillis
  15. Bartleby the Scrivener, a story of Wall-Street, by Herman Melville
  16. The Coldest War, by Ian Tregillis
  17. Necessary Evil, by Ian Tregillis
  18. Bouvard et Pécuchet, par Gustave Flaubert
  19. The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers (first 4 stories)
  20. The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks, by Marc Baer
  21. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman
  22. Inverted World, by Christopher Priest
  23. The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest
  24. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes
  25. Thinking, fast and slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  26. La symétrie, ou les maths au clair de lune, par Marcus du Sautoy
  27. At Day's Close, by A. Roger Ekirch
  28. Quantum Computing since Democritus, by Scott Aaronson
  29. The Culture Map, by Erin Meyer
  30. The Causal Angel, by Hannu Rajaniemi
  31. Playing in the Dark, by Toni Morrison
  32. The Collapse of Western Civilization, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
  33. Peter Stuyvesant, the Last Dutch Governor of New Amsterdam, by John S. C. Abbott
  34. The Unconsoled, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  35. A Perfect Vacuum, by Stanislaw Lem
  36. Amsterdam, by Russell Shorto
  37. The Improvement of Human Reason, by Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Malik Ibn Tufayl
  38. The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things, by Bruce Sterling
  39. The Best of Henry Kuttner (a collection of short stories)
  40. Enfers et Paradis, l'Italie de Dante et de Giotto, par Elizabeth Crouzet-Pavan
  41. Unlocked: an oral history of Haden's syndrome, by John Scalzi
  42. How to master lucid dreaming, by Sean Kelly
  43. Anticopernicus, by Adam Roberts
  44. Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
  45. Authority, by Jeff VanderMeer
  46. Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer
  47. Tainaron, by Leena Krohn

In 2013

  1. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  2. Drift into failure by Sidney Dekker
  3. Observations upon the prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St John, by Isaac Newton
  4. FRAM: The Functional Resonance Analysis Method (Modelling complex socio-technical systems), by Erik Hollnagel
  5. Crisis Management (from a business continuity perspective), by Louise Knegel
  6. Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville
  7. Nexus, by Ramez Naam
  8. John Carter and the gods of Hollywood, by Michael D. Sellers
  9. The Master Switch, by Tim Wu
  10. This is your brain on music, by Daniel Levitin
  11. Up from slavery, by Booker T. Washington
  12. Saturn's Children, by Charles Stross
  13. The music of the Temporalists, by André Pogoriloffsky
  14. Some remarks, by Neal Stephenson
  15. Thinking in systems, by Donella H. Meadows
  16. The Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew About Human Vision, by Mark Changizi
  17. Bit Rot, by Charles Stross
  18. Debt: The First 5000 Years, by David Graeber
  19. Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross
  20. The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters
  21. The Scar, by China Miéville
  22. Azazeel, by Youssef Ziedan
  23. Marc-Aurèle ou la fin du monde antique, par Ernest Renan
  24. A country of which nothing is known but the name, by Pierre Cartier
  25. How to measure anything, by Douglas W. Hubbard
  26. Collapse, by Jared Diamond
  27. Personhood revisited, by Howard W. Jones, Jr.
  28. Equoid, by Charles Stross
  29. Everything is obvious (once you know the answer), by Duncan J. Watts
  30. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
  31. Snuff, by Terry Pratchett
  32. Driving Technical Change, by Terrence Ryan
  33. Mature optimization handbook, by Carlos Bueno
  34. I shall wear midnight, by Terry Pratchett
  35. The Land Across, by Gene Wolfe
  36. The Arthashastra, by Kautilya
  37. Kansas City Lightning, by Stanley Crouch

2013 and before: some important books

Without much order:

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