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

Edward Pechter (Palgrave Macmillan)

Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella: A Bilingual Edition

Tommaso Campanella (University Of Chicago Press)

After Godel: Platonism and Rationalism in Mathematics and Logic

Richard Tieszen (Oxford University Press)

The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized

Owen Flanagan (A Bradford Book)


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)


Adam Mars-Jones (Faber & Faber)

War Diary (Seagull Books – The German List)

Ingeborg Bachmann (Seagull Books)


Imre Kertesz (Melville House)