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Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 24, 2023, 02:02:16 PMWG Sebald Austerlitz
Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on May 24, 2023, 03:34:45 PMThis is the only one on your list that I've read (I even reviewed it for the Prague alt-weekly I used to write for). So far, all the Sebald I've read has been good to outstanding.I actually haven't read many 21st c. novels. I did just acquire Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai, because so many people said it was the best English-language novel of the century thus far. Haven't started on it yet, though.I think Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen (whom I know a little) deserves a mention. It certainly blew away Harold Bloom, who called it "shatteringly powerful."
Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 24, 2023, 04:36:24 PMBoth look interesting - not aware of either - for a moment was worried that the first book was adapted into the Tom Cruise move
Quote from: DavidW on May 25, 2023, 07:17:52 AMI really like Never Let Me Go.
Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on May 25, 2023, 07:24:25 AMThat's funny, I like the other Ishiguros I've read, but I just couldn't take this one seriously, because of the whopping implausibility at the heart of the story.
Quote from: SimonNZ on May 24, 2023, 07:47:54 PMVollman is someone who has been on my radar but not read. What gives Dying Grass such high marks? How does it compare to his other works?
Quote from: Brian on May 25, 2023, 07:27:41 AMDo you find the tech/sci-fi conceit implausible, or a plot device used inside that conceit?
Quote from: Brian on May 26, 2023, 03:50:22 PMThis is a challenging question because I'm so picky about contemporary fiction. So much of it errs in some way.
QuoteMany American novels these days are plagued by twee, self-conscious, cutesy MFA mentality, workshopped into a turgid stylistic conformity.
Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on May 26, 2023, 06:20:10 PM- A lot of navel-gazing (Brooklyn-based writer writes about being a writer in Brooklyn; writer with academic job writes about being an academic; former publishing house intern writes about her job as an intern at a publishing house, etc.). "Write what you know" taken to an unhealthy level.
Quote from: Brian on May 26, 2023, 07:18:59 PMWell, McCarthy has a few from this century (unless you mean Mary McCarthy)! And DF Wallace has one as well: the rather erratic but often brilliant The Pale King, a study of bureaucracy, boredom, and the obsessive-pedantic personality, which unfortunately had to be put in order from start to the point he left it at death by editors, so the chapter order is somewhat arbitrary. (He only wrote two and a half novels: one young and virtuosic but very silly, one ambitious and full of both greatness and cringeworthy folly, and one unfinished.)
Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 24, 2023, 02:02:16 PMTrolling for some new reading material once I finish my WTV / Pynchon binge, but here is mine in no particular order. Mine are mostly big & darkWG Sebald AusterlitzRoberto Bolano 2666William T Vollman Dying GrassJonathan Littell The Kindly Ones (Les Bienveillantes)Thomas Pynchon Against the Day
Quote from: Mandryka on May 27, 2023, 06:10:33 AMMy favourite 21st century novelist it Patrik Modiano, but this is a personal thing probably -- I find myself, my own preoccupations, reflected in his novels. You should try Mathias Enard's Zone -- I can see it's been translated but I haven't read the translation. His Boussole was also good, but I can't see a translation. Not big and dark, but Pierre Michon's books are also great favourites of mine -- I can see Vies Miniscules has neen translated as Small Lives, as before I read it in French. His Rambaud novel also excellent, if you're interested in Rambaud, and the one called Les Onzes is good if you're interested inthe French revolution -- all seem to have been done in Englsish.Michel Houelbecq is a divisive novelist, but I would argue that Extensions du Domaine de la Lutte is well worth reading -- it has been translated apparently as Whatever. It is very dark, and very funny. 1994 -- so nearly 21st century! I read Jonathan Littell's book and feel less enthusiastic than you probably. Or rather, I thought there were some excellent things in it but ultimately I thought it was undisciplined and self indulgent. As you can see, I don't read much English literature. There's no good reason for that!
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