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Books of the Year 2013

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.

(As always, I do not make any money from these links; they’re just the easiest way to get the thumbnails.)

 

Literature

Seiobo There Below (Ndp; 1280)

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Towards the One and Only Metaphor

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17 used & new available from $16.00

Tapestry

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The Black Spider (New York Review Books Classics)

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Anti M

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Phaedra: with New Year's Letter and Other Long Poems

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Blinding

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The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol. 2

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Dossier K: A Memoir

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The Enchanted Wanderer: and Other Stories

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Mo Said She Was Quirky: A Novel

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When the Time Comes

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The Forbidden Kingdom (Pushkin Collection)

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Cannonball

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Bleeding Edge

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Middle C (Vintage International)

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All That Is

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His Wife Leaves Him

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The Childhood of Jesus

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The Sinistra Zone

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The Guy Davenport Reader

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The Adjacent

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The Book of Monelle

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Georges Perec and the Oulipo: Winter Journeys (Atlas Anti-classics)

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A Hero of Our Time (Oxford World's Classics)

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Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets)

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Nonfiction

Summa Technologiae (Electronic Mediations)

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Being, Humanity, and Understanding

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Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece

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The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000

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Properties as Processes

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The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness, and the First-Person Stance

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Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind

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Foundations of Modern International Thought

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The Circle of Socrates: Readings in the First-Generation Socratics

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Baroque Science

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Language, Truth, and Literature: A Defence of Literary Humanism

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Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield

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The Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide

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Consciousness and the Social Brain

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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

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Trade and Romance

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Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium

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Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire

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Complexity and the Arrow of Time

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The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation

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How Did Poetry Survive?: The Making of Modern American Verse

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Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

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The Essential Hirschman

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Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman

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Quantum Computing since Democritus

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Comics

Incidents in the Night: Volume 1

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Black Paths

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Interiorae

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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret

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Barnaby Volume One (Vol. 1) (Barnaby)

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Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon Graphic Library)

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7 Comments

  1. I see several titles on Albert Hirschman. I tend to pay attention more to what political or sociological books you selected! I’m definitely checking out those Hirschman titles.

    I wonder if a supposed book of his, “Senile Lines by Dr. Awkward,” has ever been widely published.

  2. I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on Philip Kitcher’s book on Death in Venice. What did you like about it? Did it avoid the usual pitfalls of analytic philosophers writing on literature?

    • It’s not a work of aesthetic analytic philosophy, to be sure. There’s no modal analysis of fictional statements or anything like that. It’s closer to the philosophical-literary criticism of J.P. Stern, Erich Heller, and Clayton Koelb, looking at Mann through the influences of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. It’s very well-researched, concise, and says some new things. I plan to post on it in the near future.

  3. Hey David,

    I’ve been a fan of your blog for a few years now. I’m always learning about new writers from your posts, this one being no exception. I had only heard of a few of the writers your list here, and I hope I can acquaint myself with some of them in the near future.

    I didn’t read much new stuff this year (I feel like I’m always catching up on older writers, for better or worse), although I did enjoy two books of poetry: pH Neutral History by Lidija Dimkovska and Tranfer Fat by Aase Berg. Not sure if you’re a fan of postmodern/contemporary poetry, but these books both have a an odd, spastic magic to them and are well worth checking out.

    Anyway, thanks for all of your posts. I really enjoy them!

  4. Jonah Paritzky

    7 April 2014 at 14:49

    David,

    How does the Dirty Wars book compare to the documentary? I’ve already seen the documentary. Is it worth reading the book?

    Thanks

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