What to read in times of crisis?

Crisis everywhere, so they say. You can always check out books from a public library but what if you need to keep buying books because you basically can't stop reading and just have to own the books you read? In times of crisis it never hurts to get more for your money which, if buying/reading (good) novels is the issue, should translate into getting more words for your bucks; that is, buying the longest novels so as to maximize your money/words ratio. So here are some suggestions that will definitely be good choices for times of financial crisis. Some might not actually be that long but the obscure language or complex syntax, for instance, guarantees a slow reading pace and thus more time before you have to run back to the bookstore or go on-line again. I have not included so-called page-turners. For instance, Stephen King has really, really long novels, but you will probably go over the story so quickly that you might in fact finish a 1000-pages SK thriller more rapidly than, say, Imre Kertesz's concise yet hard-to-swallow novels. I've also not included novels which are usually published in many volumes (Proust's In Search of Time Lost is probably the largest novel ever written but it is commonly sold in six separate volumes so it might not be the wisest choice; each volume is rather long, though). I could also have chosen classics such as Don Quixote or, in fact, The Bible (a truly epic, post-modern novel with different time/place settings, thousands of character, sub-plots and a superb, apocalyptic ending), but my suggestions are more on the recent, more contemporary side. So, with all this in mind, what to read in times of crisis?:

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace or Ana Karenina
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities
Joyce, Ulysses
Thomas Man, The Magic Mountain
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Dostoevsky, Karamazov Brothers
Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day or Gravity's Rainbow
Don DeLillo, Underworld
Roberto Bolaño, 2666
Javier Marías, Tu rostro mañana
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
James Clavell, Shogun

Of course, if you are not into novels and would rather read philosophy, here are some suggestions, too. Some are not that long but understanding anything will take you enough time so as to make it a smart choice:

Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
Marx, Capital Vol. 1 (or for that matter, Vol. 2 or 3)
Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Politics
The Being and Something Trilogy (Heidegger's Being and Time, Sartre's Being and Nothingness or/and Badiou's, Being and Event)
Hobbes, Leviathan
Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature
Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason
Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

Any suggestions?

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