Actually, Tomas, Raymond Carver used to be one of favorites. He really was a master of the short story, though he did deal with the same depressing topics over and over. I also got hooked on John Irving with Garp and enjoyed a couple of his others, though I felt he too got repetitive. But the writer I have most respected over the years would have to be Nabokov. Lolita was terrific, and so are his other works. And, while he was so clever and eloquent in English, I was always amazed that he wrote and was published in three languages (English, French, Russian).
I’ve always wondered if there’s ever been another author who published respectable works in three languages. Does anyone know of another such person?
On the subject of astounding literary feats, though, I guess one has to mention Isaac Asimov for publishing more than 400 books in his lifetime. And he only lived to age 72. Assuming he was first published at 15, that’s an average of more than 7 books per year. How is that possible?
It’s people like them that make me want to go back to bed.