Page Turners of 2021: Fiction


The Telegraph lists the fictional titles that have marked us the most this year



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Posted on 12.31.21, 02:07 AM


Klara and the sun [picture attached, 31editbookf1]
Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber

Representative image.

“Klara and the Sun” – Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature – is an investigation into the uniqueness of the human heart. Is it beyond the reach of technology, heralding the destruction of humanity? Ishiguro’s response is as disturbing as it is intense.

The promise
By Damon Galgut,
Europe

A broken promise turns into a curse in this political allegory, which won the 2021 Booker Prize. The book examines race, rights and identity while tracing three decades of South African socio-political history back- plan.

red pill
By Hari Kunzru,
Scribe

A German writer is unwittingly drawn into the world of alternative right-wing ideologues in this dark but compelling story about the psychosexual roots of the toxic man cult that is currently destroying the world.

The softness of the water
By Nathan Harris,
Big title

This lyrical novel interweaves the personal and the political, presenting a perspective largely overlooked by traditional interpretations of the Civil War and breathing new life into a period whose stories have become obsolete.

Parisian library [picture attached, 31editbookf4]
By Janet Skeslien Charles,
Two routes

An American soldier in Paris just after the armistice of the First World War.  The American Library in Paris was founded with books sent to American infantrymen serving in the war.

The book is a love letter to Paris and an ode to the power of books and the beauty of intergenerational friendship, with the American Library in Paris and the French Resistance at its heart.

Small eyes
By Samanta Schweblin,
One world

Samanta Schweblin examines the banality of the digital presence in our lives and the casual acceptance of anonymous, yet personalized, surveillance in this unredeemed world.

Before she sleeps
By Bina Shah,
Macmillan

A gripping, feminist, post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel about an underground community of renegade women who survive in a secret sanctuary and challenge patriarchal control, finding strength and unity in their mutual camaraderie.

Nobody talks about it
By Patricia Lockwood,
River head

A literary attempt to account for the damage done to a creative mind by years of excessive exposure to the internet that examines efforts to expose the endless absurdity of life online.

Where is: a novel
By Jhumpa Lahiri,
Hamish hamilton

Taking place over about a year and moving in time, it is a work that defies easy categorization. On the one hand, it can be read as a series of reflections on impermanence and mortality and, on the other hand, as a return to the questions of space, time and identity that haunted the work of Jhumpa Lahiri.

The lost apothecary
By Sarah Penner,
Legend

A gripping tale of mystery, murder, trust and betrayal, the immersive plot skillfully flows from the past to the present, revealing the sorrows and lost dreams of the three female protagonists.

The death of Vivek Oji
By Akwaeke Emezi,
Faber

Even though the protagonist’s death is the central plot, the melancholy that permeates the novel does not weigh it down; rather, it is a viscous and animated matrix in which the characters and their lives are suspended like luminous particles.

Troy [picture attached, 31editbookf2]
By Stephen Fry,
Michel joseph

A painting depicting the Trojan War.

While remaining true to the original saga, the narrative style of this tale is distinctly easygoing, erudite and urban. Stephen Fry imbues Homer’s version of elements from Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and several other Greek tragedies with his tongue-in-cheek humor.

Summer
By Ali Smith,
Hamish hamilton

The fourth and final installment of Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet emphasizes that the season of joy and exuberance is long gone and that we live in a hell of disease, carnage and chaos marked by crisis. climate.

Love and other thought experiments
By Sophie Ward,
Corsair

In the tradition of philosophers such as Voltaire, Sartre or Gaarder, Sophie Ward sets out to explore fundamental philosophical questions through a novel that brings us a new perspective on life, life and death.

Good Girls: An Ordinary Murder
By Sonia Faleiro,
Hamish hamilton

The novel explores the militarization of shame in India to force people, especially women, to join the social order. The Good Girls is most poignant when it deals with the unlived and cut short lives of women.

The lying life of adults
By Elena Ferrante,
Europe

This depiction of lying as a creative act plays with the idea of ​​self-image, holding up a mirror that reflects reality behind the masks people put on for the world.

Invisible ink: a novel
By Patrick Modiano,
Yale

Escape, duplicity of memory and forgetting are essential to the act of living, which involves the periodic recreation of oneself – suggests Patrick Modiano, the Nobel Prize winner.


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