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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)

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

Shakespeare Studies Today: Romanticism Lost
E. 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)

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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