Books of the Year 2011

Here is a quick rundown of new books, reissues, and assorted other things that I especially enjoyed this year which also happened to be published this year. They aren’t in any particular order, though fiction is more toward the top and nonfiction toward the bottom. Imre Kertesz’ Fiasco stands out as perhaps the most significant to me of the lot.

I’m using Amazon integration not because of any strong desire to do so, but because I could not find another tool that allowed me to list a collection easily and had access to the covers and data for most of the books on the list. I’m not making any affiliate money whatsoever from this. The links are there for convenience only.

Even still, there are missing books. One is Wendy Walker’s mysterious, uncanny My Man and Other Critical Fictions.

Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy
The Cowherds
Oxford University Press

Peirce and the Threat of Nominalism
Paul Forster
Cambridge University Press

Shakespeare Studies Today: Romanticism Lost
E. Pechter
Palgrave Macmillan

Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion
Jeanne Fahnestock
Oxford University Press

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956
Samuel Beckett
Cambridge University Press

Age of Fracture
Daniel T. Rodgers
Belknap Press

Gender City
Lisa Samuels
Shearsman Books

Anew: Complete Shorter Poetry
Louis Zukofsky
New Directions

The Guinea Pigs
Ludvík Vaculík
Open Letter

Ice Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics)
Vladimir Sorokin
NYRB Classics

Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
Barbara Comyns
Dorothy, a publishing project

Black Paths
David B.
SelfMadeHero

The Armed Garden and Other Stories
David B.
Fantagraphics

The Lizard’s Tale: A Novel
José Donoso
Northwestern University Press

Thesee universel
Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Editions Vagabonde

AnimalInside (The Cahiers)
László Krasznahorkai
New Directions

Cedilla
Adam Mars-Jones
Faber & Faber

War Diary (Seagull Books – The German List)
Ingeborg Bachmann
Seagull Books

Fiasco
Imre Kertesz
Melville House