It was a pretty good year, especially for fiction. I stand no chance of ever catching up on my backlog of books to read, so these are less “Books of the Year” than “Books of My Year,” ones which happened to be published in 2013 (or late 2012). A boom in non-Waggish writing resulted in me not having time to write up some of these books, which I really do regret. I spent a month rereading old Pynchon novels alongside Bleeding Edge, which was blessedly worthwhile, but did not help my productivity. Reading list longa, vita brevis.
The order is fairly random though I have tried to put my favorites toward the top of each section. Krasznahorkai’s Seiobo was probably foreordained to be at the top, while the final appearance of Lem’s Summa Technologiae in English was a major event for me. (See my review here.) As with War and War when I first read it, I don’t have a lot to say about Seiobo right now. Maybe in ten years.
As with last year, I haven’t read the entirety of some of the nonfiction selections: Judith Herrin’s two volumes of essays will take some time, while the Maimonides book had me flagging on several topics that just aren’t my thing.
If anyone’s curious as to why some book or other made the list, feel free to ask in the comments. Thanks again for reading my work here or elsewhere.
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Philip Kitcher (Columbia University Press)
Georges Perec, Michèle Audin, Marcel Bénabou, Jacques Bens (Atlas Press)
Mikhail Lermontov, Nicolas Pasternak Slater, Andrew Kahn (Oxford University Press)
Mark Siderits, Shoryu Katsura (Wisdom Publications)
Walter Burkert (University Of Chicago Press)
Yoshitsugu Oono (Springer)
Jonardon Ganeri (Oxford University Press)
John Miles Foley (University of Illinois Press)
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Richard Gaskin (Oxford University Press)
A. David Redish (Oxford University Press)
Robert J. Richards (University Of Chicago Press)
Judith Herrin (Princeton University Press)
John Timberman Newcomb (University of Illinois Press)
Albert O. Hirschman, Jeremy Adelman, Emma Rothschild, Amartya Sen (Princeton University Press)
Noson S. Yanofsky (The MIT Press)
Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)
Allie Brosh (Touchstone Books)
Carl Barks (Fantagraphics)