Tag: novel

The Cave

Added on September 1, 2013

The Cave Jose Saramago Harcourt, U.S. 2002 The Cave is an excellent example of Saramago’s allegorical and magical style. It is based on the parable of the cave from Plato’s Republic, about a group of men chained for life facing the inside wall of a cave. Nobel laureate Saramago died in June 2010. According to Wikipedia, in [...]

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In the Heart of the Country

Added on August 24, 2013

In the Heart of the Country J.M. Coetzee Ravan Press, South Africa, 1978 This South African novel, about the complex relationship between the colonizers and the colonized, reads like a fevered dream. Is it real, or are these the mad hallucinations of our isolated and lonely protagonist? This paperback original is the stated first South [...]

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Added on August 13, 2013

Ignorance Milan Kundera Harper Collins, New York, 2002 Milan Kundera has written nine novels and numerous essay, plays, dramatic works and poetry collections. He has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and has won many international awards for his work. His most famous novel is The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Kundera’s [...]

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Added on August 10, 2013

The Handmaids Tale Margaret Atwood Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1986 The true first edition of this dystopian speculative fiction classic is the Canadian McClelland and Stewart first printing which came out one year before this U.S. first edition. This signed Houghton Mifflin publication is in fine/near fine condition. The book is in perfect, unread condition. [...]

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Woes of the True Policeman

Added on July 22, 2013

Woes of the True Policeman Roberto Bolano Hamish Hamilton, Canada, 2012 This is probably going to be the last of Bolano’s unfinished novels to be published. Bolano only had one novel published in English before his untimely death in 2003. Since then, his two masterworks, The Savage Detectives and 2666, have been translated into English, [...]

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Post Office

Added on July 15, 2013

Post Office Charles Bukowski Melbourne House Publisher, London, 1980 Post Office is Bukowski’s first novel. It is a somewhat autobiographical account of Bukowski’s shaky tenure with the U.S. Postal Service. According to Born into This, a documentary on Bukowski’s life, Black Sparrow Press founder and owner, John Martin, offered Bukowski 100 dollars per month for life on [...]

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The Tax Inspector — U.Q.P.

Added on June 22, 2013

The Tax Inspector Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 1991 This is the true first edition of Peter Carey’s fourth novel. The New York Times gave it a great review. Here is part of it: “Peter Carey writes beautiful sentences, worked on but not labored; his descriptive passages sweep us along and leave us [...]

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Added on June 3, 2013

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 1997 Murakami takes his readers into a Japanese world of dream-like imaginings in this modern classic. This epic novel is much broader in scope than any of Murakami’s previous work, and it does away with a lot of the pop culture references of his earlier [...]

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Even the Dogs

Added on May 11, 2013

Even the Dogs Jon McGregor Bloomsbury, London, 2010 This is the back cover blurb for Even the Dogs: “On a still and frozen day between Christmas and New Year, a man’s body is found lying in his ruined flat. Found, and then taken away, examined, investigated and cremated. As the state begins its detailed, dispassionate [...]

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The Museum of Innocence

Added on May 4, 2013

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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