On this page, I keep track of what I read in 2024. The links go to reviews or wherever I’ve written about a particular book.

11. Willem Frederik Hermans, An Untouched House (Netherlands, 1951 tr. 2005). A microcosm of war beneath its own mask of civility. [****]

10. Paul Lynch, Prophet Song (Ireland, 2023). I quite liked the abstract nature of this dystopia to begin, but ultimately it needed something more tangible to have weight. [**]

9. Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin (USA, 2003). No, we don’t. [**]

8. Catherine Chidgey, Pet (New Zealand, 2023). A 12-year-old girl is dazzled by her glamorous teacher in this tense novel which keeps the truth open to question. [****]

7. Max Blecher, Adventures in Immediate Irreality (Romania, 1936 tr. 2015). No object or event can be relied upon to be stable for this narrator. [****]

6. Pat Gray, Mr Narrator (Northern Ireland, 1989). Elusive tale of a man navigating the bureaucracy of a fictional country. [***]

5. Kristin Hersh, The Future of Songwriting (USA, 2024). A conversation about finding authenticity and balance. [***]

4. Simone de Beauvoir, A Very Easy Death (France, 1964 tr. 1985). Brief yet harrowing account of the author’s mother. The end of life is easy in some ways, not at all easy in others. [***]

3. Mário de Andrade, Macunaíma (Brazil, 1928 tr. 2023). Shapeshifting and bewildering. I didn’t I really grasp it, but I’ll try it again another time. [****]

2. Hiroko Oyamada, Weasels in the Attic (Japan, 2012-4 tr. 2022). Three stories, three meals between friends, that subtly echo the tensions in relationships. [****]

1. Domnico Starnone, Ties (Italy, 2014 tr. 2017). The pieces of a marriage, told from three viewpoints. [***]