Books: Eric Kraft

My Five Most Important Books
1. "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust. It makes the banal sublime, the trivial momentous, the meaningless meaningful.

2. "Delirious New York" by Rem Koolhaas. A singular history of the city's growth, a polemic about architecture, a work of art.

3. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez. It plays elegant games that came to be called magical realism, but may be better called realism in the service of romance.

4. "The Gift" by Vladimir Nabokov. It displays all Nabokov's strengths with a youthful audacity that still exhilarates.

5. "Arcades Project" by Walter Benjamin. Benjamin never got beyond the research, so the reader makes the book while reading.

A book to which you always return: "Adventures in the Skin Trade" by Dylan Thomas. Puts me in touch with my inner angry young man.

A classic you revisited with disappointment: "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. It electrified me as a teenager, but now comes across as just a boy's book: loud, insistent and hollow.