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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
Pilar Donoso Alfaguara

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

The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized
Owen Flanagan A Bradford Book

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

Three Days Before the Shooting . . .
Ralph Ellison Modern Library

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 Books

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

Thésée universel
Laszlo Krasznahorkai Vagabonde Editions

AnimalInside (The Cahiers)
László Krasznahorkai New Directions

Cedilla
Adam Mars-Jones Faber & Faber

War Diary (The German List)
Ingeborg Bachmann Seagull Books

Fiasco
Imre Kertész 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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