Some Books I Loved Reading in 2021 - Andrzej Tichý, author

By And Other Stories

Some Books I Loved Reading in 2021 - Andrzej Tichý, author

By And Other Stories

Andrzej Tichy was born in Prague to a Polish mother and a Czech father. He has lived in Sweden since 1981. The author of five novels, a short story collection and a wide range of nonfiction and criticism, Tichy is widely recognized as one of the most important novelists of his generation. His latest novel Eländet (Wretchedness) is a postpolitical foray into modern day Swedish society. It was shortlisted for the August Prize 2016, Sweden’s most prestigious literary prize and Longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize.

 

Here is a list of what he has been reading lately.

Tomboy

Nina Bouraoui

£16.99

Some of the most beautiful, intense writing I’ve read about alienation and inner conflict.

Second-hand Time

Svetlana Alexievich

£14.99 £14.24

An epic masterpiece on the relationship between humans and systems – particularly relevant right now in the wake of the brutal attacks perpetrated by Lukashenko’s regime in Alexievich’s home country Belarus.

Counternarratives

John Keene

£12.99 £12.34

I love this fantastic, thoroughly genial book. There’s a level of innovation here reminiscent of Cortázar and Borges, a stringent and creative (re)use of historical and documentary material that brings to mind Danilo Kiš, and a linguistic sensibility that’s quite simply unique.

Dhalgren

Samuel R. Delany

£16.99 £16.14

A hallucinatory labyrinth of a speculative fiction novel that you can get right inside – equal parts poetry and trashy road movie.

Star Maker

Olaf Stapledon

£14.89

Astonishingly imaginative writing that stretches the outer limits of literature like nothing else I’ve read.

Animalia

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

£12.99 £12.34

A novel about three generations of life on a French pig farm. A brutally unsettling, spectacularly well-written novel about modernity and the way the ruthlessness with which humans subjugate other life – regardless of what form – sooner or later comes back to haunt us.

Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor

£12.99 £12.34

An unsparing, kaleidoscopic narrative web about a community corroded by poverty and reckless patriarchal violence.

What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky: From the Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2019

Lesley Nneka Arimah

£9.99 £9.49

Fascinating stories about different experiences of borders, told with unusual warmth.

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