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Unfortunately, it was just before the old forums expired.
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I'm look for some 'doom' books. The literary equivalent of Shape of Despair or While Heaven Wept.
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A few books spring to mind:

Voltaire - Candide
Of course you do need to know French, unless you want to read translations.

John Milton - Paradise Lost
The second longest poem in English.

Various works by Shakespeare, including for example Macbeth.
(If you want the literary equivalent of death metal, Titus Andronicus is quite bloody)

Night Thoughts Of A Classical Physicist by Russell McCormmagh

Island by Aldous Huxley

De Avonden by Gerard Reve (in Dutch)

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You might want to try "Die Leiden des jungen Werther" (The Sorrows of Young Werther) by J.W. von Goethe. It's pretty much about longings that can't be fulfilled, fallacious dreams... And even though I might sound stereotypical now, if you like Funeral Doom, you have to read Lovecraft (but I guess you have done so already, as most people here seem to have).

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try to read the Bible...the book of Ecclesiastes by Solomon.


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Thank you all, you've been more than kind.
Let break through this list.

I've already read my fair share of Lovecraft, Shakespeare and Milton (I'm not the greatest fan of Milton, though, I have to admit).

The Sorrows of Young Werther sounds the most promising to me, alongside which I've placed Candide.
I'll definitely read these.
Night Thoughts Of A Classical Physicist I couldn't find anything about, but I happen to study physics and nothing else fills me with such an colossal sense of despair, so that's definitely on the "check list".
Island seemed interesting, perhaps something I should bare in mind for the future and I couldn't find an English translation of De Avonden.
And as for the Bible... well, quite.

And as for everyone else, if you know any other books, please, don't hesitate.

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try to read the Bible...the book of Ecclesiastes by Solomon.


The Book of Revelations, really trippy shit.

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Candide doesn't really strike me as that doomy. Though the whole point of it is to take shots at the over-optimistic outlook, I found the book was more amusing than depressing to read. And it's short.

Paradise Lost is totally doom though. Long, intellectual, some people find it boring, even had a band named after it. I honestly don't know how much more doomy you can get than that.


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Any one of all Robert E. Howard´s pulps, falling mostly in the heavy/epic doom or true doom category (if i had the intelectual power to categorize such things). :cool:


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A really doomy book - in a mystical kind of way - is Jon Fosse's Morgon og Kveld [Morning and Evening]. It's Norwegian, and I'm not sure if it has been translated. Should be, though, I thought it was really beautiful. I can't tell you the basic premise though, as it would spoil the plot. It has something to do with death, though - so there.

[edit]It *has* been translated to German: Morgen und Abend. Worth looking up!

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at the moment, I can't think of anything but 'I am legend' by richard matheson

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Try Dante's Divina Commedia, is a sublime masterpiece of literature. And also read the medieval vision of life and hell. it's surelly very interesting. Do you know "Tundalo Visions"? It's a medieval portuguese text, there's also in latin. Do you read Latin? If you don't know, and if you are interested i can translate to you.


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