This week, three literary awards were given: the Orwell Book Prize, rewarding political writing of outstanding quality; the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, rewarding comic fiction; and the Ondaatje Prize, given to a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry which evokes the “spirit of a place”. You can see the winners of these prizes below.
Mexican author Carlos Fuentes died a year ago, on May 15th. For this occasion, publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux released more than fifteen works of the author in ebooks, for less than $8.
Most titles are available in the US and in Canada.
The biggest event in the literary world this week was obviously the release of Inferno, the fourth book in the series created by Dan Brown. This time, in Florence, “Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.”.
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On the side of literary fiction, several great novels were released this week, praised by newspapers, blogs and magazines. Here are the novels we recommend.
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Sometimes it takes time for a book to get the recognition it deserves. Do you know John Edward Williams? He was an American author mostly famous for his novels Augustus, which shared the National Book Award in 1973 with John Barth’s Chimera; and Stoner, which “tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life.” The novel was released in 1965 and gained new recognition in 2006 when it was reedited by New York Review Books. The book is actually experiencing another recent wave of success since its publication by Random House Vintage in 2012, which gives the chance to a whole new generation of readers to discover this gem. If you want to give this novel a chance, you’re in for a treat.
Please note that this book is only available in Europe.