Monday, December 04, 2006

Books of the year

The season for the Books of the Year lists is here, and here's the SPLALit selection from the New Statesman list.

Andrey Kurkov

Ruben Gallego's White on Black : a boy's story (John Murray) is an incredible and moving autobiographical novel of a handicapped son of famous Spanish communists who was abandoned in a Soviet special institution for children.

Jonathan Meades

The Moldavian Pimp (Harvill) sketches tango, brothels, Jewish sex traffickers and Buenos Aires in the 1920s. Cozarinsky's shadowy novella is preoccupied with the way that any attempt to exhume this ignominious history - or any other history - is impaired by the accretion of all previous attempts and by the ghosts of those who strayed into the territory.

You can find the full list here

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