An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics.
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A powerful allegory for our techno-crazed, consumption-addicted, soul-crushing times.
For each of these major, prize-honored writers — Siegfried Lenz and Walter Kempowski– birth = destiny = art.
Daniel Kehlmann’s narrative gift is so prodigious as to be almost aggravating.
Hilbig’s prose demands sentence-by sentence commitment. It gravitates to the dark and dense, and occasionally surreal.
Evidently, plain-spoken language plus doubt and apprehension equate to novels that, once opened, are very hard to put down.
The imperative to engage with landscape, and thus leave or at least minimize the self, has become of great importance to Peter Handke.
Despite the pain of inhabiting Alexander Herzog’s disintegrating world, I absolutely could not put My Marriage aside.
In this enjoyable novel, Martin Suter has chosen to sidestep depth in favor of colorful characters fine-honing their hopes and dreams..
Our demanding critics supply lists of books that piqued their interest this of the year.