Here's a list of some of my reading highlights from the last year. The links are to my reviews, where I've written them.
- Solibo Magnificent - Patrick Chamoiseau's novel of death and language in Martinique
- The Stalin Organ - Gert Ledig's novel from the Russian Front in World War II
- Midnight Convoy and Other Stories - newcomers to Yizhar might want to start with Khirbet Khizeh, but this is a fine collection
- The Leopard - Giuseppe di Lampedusa's great Italian novel
- Antigone - Jean Anouilh's strikingly different reworking of Sophocles' tragedy. Jenny took me to a performance of this as well. (I haven't written a review yet, so see Amazon or Amazon UK for details.)
- Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler's classic novel about the interrogation of an Old Bolshevik
- The Turkish Embassy Letters - an aristocratic Englishwoman's diaries/memoirs from 18th century Ottoman Turkey
- Israel's History and the History of Israel - probably the best of the half-dozen or so books I've read on the history of ancient Israel.
- The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran - a sociological study of the Iranian Revolution
- Chinese Literature Ancient and Classical - a survey in 150 pages!
- The Mathematical Century - a potted history of mathematics
- German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German - I'm still working through this, so there's no review yet (get details from Amazon or Amazon UK).
- A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming - the history of weather and climate data and models. (Review pending, meanwhile see Amazon or Amazon UK.)
See also my all-time highlights selection .