Books List | Anita Nair

Books List | Anita Nair

1. Fugitive Pieces

By Anne Michaels

Her writing is extremely beautiful and lyrical. Some people find it obtuse, but I like the portrayal of forgiveness and remorse. The novel has a strong storyline starting with World War II and leading up to contemporary times.

2. The Folding Star

By Alan HollingHurst

An absolutely magnificent book, the novel is set in a Flemish town. It is about the life of a man who goes to teach English as a private tutor in this town, and how he falls in love with the boys. The novel has strong sexual content that is also quite politically incorrect, but the setting is beautifully captured.

3. Recollection of a Journey

By R.C. Hutchinson

This novel is set in a Russian village, and it depicts the life of an aristocratic family during World War II. The content is deep and angst-ridden, with the plot culminating in the father-in-law having to produce a child with the wife of his missing son, who he cannot stand, just to continue the bloodline.

4. My Name is Red

By Orhan Pamuk

Unlike many other authors, Pamuk has strict control over his writing and does not let the thoughts of the reader meander. It details the milieu of miniature paintings and in many ways, the crafting of the novel shows the same attention to detail. It is almost as if the writer possesses an artist’s eye. It is an interesting example of the structure and the subject being closely related to each other.

5. Wintering

By Kate Moses

The novel details the last two or three months in the life of the poet Sylvia Plath before she kills herself. The desolation and the complete isolation leading up to her suicide is quite striking.

Arjun Razdan