Jaume Cabré: Confessions
Mikhail Shishkin: The Light and the Dark
Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle. Second Book
Confessions by Jaume Cabré is one of the few novels that I know in which the experimental style is functional, although this doesn't become clear until chapter 33 if I remember correctly. It's one of the best novels of the 21st century. The same goes for The Light and the Dark by Mikhail Shishkin. It is a tribute to the imagination.
Best Book I Wish I Had Read Years Ago
Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano
Cormac McCarthy: Blood Meridian
Both Under the Volcano and Blood Meridian are amazing reads.
Charles C. Mann: 1493. Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Emile Simpson: War From the Ground Up
Occasionally I pick up a book that lies outside my field of interest. War From the Ground Up is such a book. I learned a lot from reading it. Todays wars are different from medieval and 20th century wars and require a different analytical toolkit. Emile Simpson served in Afghanistan and can speak with authority about the theory and practice of war.
Joe Studwell: How Asia Works
How Asia Works is an excellent book. It should be on the recommended if not the required reading list of every course in macroeconomics.
Laurence Smith: The New North. The World in 2050
Best Book About Claude Lévi-Strauss
Patrick Wilcken: Claude Lévi-Strauss. The Poet in the Laboratory
After finishing The Poet In the Laboratory one question haunted me for weeks: what happened to the monkey that held on to Lévi-Strauss' boots for weeks as he travelled through the Amazon rainforest?
David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Alice Munro: Runaway
Hans Fallada: Jeder stirbt für sich allein
I enjoyed reading Too Much Happiness so I picked up another short story collection by Alice Munro. Perhaps I should have let more time pass in between reading, because read in succession the stories appear to follow the same template and feature the same kind of characters. I find it hard to criticize Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Alone in Berlin), because of the true story upon which it is based. I read somewhere that Fallada finished the novel in little more than four weeks and that shows in the writing.