Tag: nobel prize

The Museum of Innocence

Added on October 15, 2016

The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2009 This beautiful novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk uses the story of a rich Turkish man’s selfish love of a shop girl as a metaphor for the struggles of a Westernizing society that clings to its traditional view of women as chattel. In [...]

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A Farewell to Arms

Added on June 20, 2016

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Charles Scribner’s Sons, U.S.A. 1957 I bought a couple of these sturdy Hemingway novels at a thrift store a while back as reading copies. They were a dollar a piece. Checking just now on AbeBooks, I see that there were at least three versions of this book put out [...]

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Seeing

Added on May 17, 2016

Seeing Jose Saramago Harcourt Brace, U.S.A. 2006 Seeing is a sequel to Saramago’s best known novel Blindness. In Seeing, the post-Blindness populace of the same unnamed country cast blank ballots in their parliamentary elections. The government, not knowing how to react, declares a state of emergency. Saramago wrestles with some pretty heavy themes in this book. [...]

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Snow

Added on December 12, 2015

Snow Orhan Pamuk Knopf, U.S.A. 2004 Snow was Pamuk’s last work of fiction to come out before he won the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature. His previous novel, My Name is Red, won the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The true first English language edition of this book is the British Faber and Faber publication, and [...]

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Life & Times of Michael K

Added on August 17, 2015

Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee Viking, U.S.A. 1984 This Booker Prize winning novel by J.M. Coetzee follows Michael K, a simple black gardener with a cleft palette, through civil war-torn urban South Africa to his mother’s rural farm. It takes place at the height of apartheid in the late 1970′s and early [...]

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The Garden of Eden – Easton Press

Added on May 21, 2015

The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemingway Easton Press, U.S.A., 1990 Hemingway worked on this novel off and on for over fifteen years, while simultaneously publishing four other novels. It remained unpublished at the time of his death in 1961. According to Wikipedia, Scribner’s edited the unfinished manuscript heavily, cutting 18 chapters and 130,000 words, along [...]

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Summertime

Added on December 30, 2014

Summertime J.M. Coetzee Harvill Secker, London, 2009 Summertime is the third in a series of fictionalized memoirs by Coetzee. The first two are Boyhood and Youth. These three books show Coetzee at his best; pushing the boundaries of literature and really getting to the core of what it is to be human. I bought this [...]

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Diary of a Bad Year – ARC

Added on October 28, 2014

Diary of a Bad Year – Advance Readers Copy J.M. Coetzee Text, Australia, 2007 This brilliant book combines essays on a wide range of topics with diary entries about the relationship the aging essayist develops with his young typist. The essays, written by Coetzee’s protagonist, Señor C, are for a fictional publication entitled Strong Opinions. The essays [...]

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The General in His Labyrinth

Added on April 17, 2014

The General in His Labyrinth Gabriel Garcia Marquez Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990 The General in His Labyrinth is a fictionalized historical account of Colombian General Simon Bolivar in the last few days of his life. It created quite a stir in Latin America when it was first published. Marquez’ Bolivar is not the [...]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Added on December 27, 2013

For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia, 1940 This book takes it title from John Donne’s Meditation No. 18, written in 1624. For Whom the Bell Tolls, which takes place during the Spanish civil war, is one of Hemingway’s masterpieces. The film adaptation starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman was nominated [...]

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