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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.

Correr el tupido velo (Hispánica)
Donoso, Pilar (Author)

Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy
Cowherds, . (Author), Cowherds, The (Contributor)
Oxford University Press

On Art and Artists: An Anthology of Diderot's Aesthetic Thought
Diderot, Denis (Author), Glaus, John S. D. (Editor), Seznec, Jean (Editor)

Peirce and the Threat of Nominalism
Forster, Paul (Author)
Cambridge University Press

Shakespeare Studies Today: Romanticism Lost
Pechter, E. (Author)
Palgrave Macmillan

Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella: A Bilingual Edition
Campanella, Tommaso (Author), Roush, Sherry (Editor), Roush, Sherry (Editor), Roush, Sherry (Translator)
University of Chicago Press

After Godel: Platonism and Rationalism in Mathematics and Logic
Tieszen, Richard (Author)
Oxford University Press

The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized
Flanagan, Owen (Author)
A Bradford Book

Democratic Enlightenment Philosophy Revolution and Human Rights 1750-1790
Jonathan I. Israel (Author)
Oxford University Press

Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion
Fahnestock, Jeanne (Author)
Oxford University Press

Three Days Before the Shooting . . .
Ellison, Ralph (Author), Callahan, John F. (Editor), Bradley, Adam (Editor)
Modern Library

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956
Beckett, Samuel (Author), Craig, George (Editor), Fehsenfeld, Martha Dow (Editor), Gunn, Dan (Editor), Overbeck, Lois More (Editor)
Cambridge University Press

Age of Fracture
Rodgers, Daniel T. (Author)
Belknap Press

Gender City
Samuels, Lisa (Author)
Shearsman Books

Anew: Complete Shorter Poetry
Zukofsky, Louis (Author), Creeley, Robert (Foreword)
New Directions

The Guinea Pigs
Vaculík, Ludvík (Author), Vaculík, Jan (Illustrator), Polácková, Káca (Translator)
Open Letter

Ice Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics)
Sorokin, Vladimir (Author), Gambrell, Jamey (Translator)
NYRB Classics

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

Black Paths
B., David (Author)

The Armed Garden And Other Stories
B., David (Author), Thompson, Kim (Editor), B., David (Artist)
Fantagraphics Books

The Lizard's Tale: A Novel
Donoso, José (Author), Ortega, Julio (Editor), Levine, Suzanne Jill (Translator)
Northwestern University Press

Thésée universel
Krasznahorkai, László (Author), Dufeuilly, Joëlle (Translator)

AnimalInside (The Cahiers)
Krasznahorkai, László (Author), Neumann, Max (Illustrator), Mulzet, Ottilie (Translator), Tóibín, Colm (Preface)
New Directions

Mars-Jones, Adam (Author)
Faber & Faber

War Diary (The German List)
Bachmann, Ingeborg (Author), Höller, Hans (Editor), Mitchell, Mike (Translator)
Seagull Books

Kertész, Imre (Author), Wilkinson, Tim (Translator)
Melville House

1 Comment

  1. Kertesz looks interesting. Did you read the earlier books of of the conceptual trilogy, or just dive in with Fiasco?

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