söndag 14 december 2008

5 från 2008

NY Times presenterade nyligen listan över de tio bästa böckerna 2008. Det är en lista jag ofta sneglat på, vilket trogna läsare på den här bloggen vet. När jag kikar på listan är min spontana reaktion att jag måste ge Roberto Bolaño en chans under 2009. Årets fem böcker i "fiction"-kategorin:

From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories—longer and more emotionally complex than any she has yet written—that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers.

In the 1680s, the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class division, prejudice and oppression were rife, providing the fertile soil in which slavery and race hatred were carefully planted and took root. This title reveals what lies under the surface of slavery.

Abandoned amid the offbeat inhabitants of the Chelsea Hotel when his English wife and son return to London following September 11th, Hans, a banker originally from the Netherlands, struggles to find himself in his adopted country, until he stumbles upon a vibrant New York cricket subculture and the charismatic Chuck Ramkissoon. 40,000 first printing.

Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border, is an urban sprawl that draws in lost souls. Among them are three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; and a police detective in love with an elusive older woman. But there is darker side still to the town.

Synpunkter? Någon som läst?

4 kommentarer:

Dolly sa...

Jhumpa Lahiri har jag en bok av i bokhyllan, men oläst. Kanske borde ta tag i den...

// tigern/dolly

Olivia sa...

Jhumpa Lahiris två tidigare böcker, en novellsamling och en roman, är smått briljanta, så jag ser verkligen fram emot att läsa "Unaccustomed earth" (väntar på billig pocketutgåva).

Mårten sa...

Dolly: det borde du kanske göra :)

Oliva: "väntar på billig pocketutgåva", det borde jag fan döpa om den här bloggen till! hehe.

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