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Very, Very Difficult Books

A while back I made a list of "difficult books that aren't that difficult" and I've come to rethink a number of inclusions on that list. They are quite challenging reads and so they appear here, among many other difficult books from various "difficult books" lists you should absolutely feel proud of having read. Good job, you!
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Absalom, Absalom!
Absalom, Absalom!
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Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko)
Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko)
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Alphabetical Africa
Alphabetical Africa
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Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
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Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
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Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior
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Battle Royale (Koushun Takami)
Battle Royale (Koushun Takami)
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Being and Time
Being and Time
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Beloved (Ohio)
Beloved (Ohio)
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Blood Meridian, Or, the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarth
Blood Meridian, Or, the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarth
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Bodies That Matter (Judith Butler)
Bodies That Matter (Judith Butler)
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A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time
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The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
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The Cantos (Ezra Pound)
The Cantos (Ezra Pound)
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The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
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The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
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Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady
Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady
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Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
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Coin Locker Babies
Coin Locker Babies
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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
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The Conservationist
The Conservationist
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The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
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Cosmos
Cosmos
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Cratylus (Plato)
Cratylus (Plato)
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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
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Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant)
Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant)
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The Demon
The Demon
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Dhalgren
Dhalgren
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The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Comedy by Dante
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Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
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The English Patient
The English Patient
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The Faerie Queene
The Faerie Queene
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The Female Man (Joanna Russ)
The Female Man (Joanna Russ)
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Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
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Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
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Gadsby (Ernest Vincent Wright)
Gadsby (Ernest Vincent Wright)
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