Intriguing European Fiction Nov 2017

As part of our intermittent, ongoing series rounding up interesting international fiction, let’s take a tour of European fiction published this fall in the US. 

The Dying Game by Asa Avdic (Sweden)
In this psychological thriller set on a remote Swedish island, Anna is supposed to fake her death and then spy on the reactions of her fellow travelmates. The situation really gets deadly when they discover a real killer on the island with them.

The Safe House by Christophe Boltanski (France)
For generations, the tight-knit Boltanski family has lived together hunkered down in their shabby nobleman’s mansion. The novel explores a different room and family member each chapter.

Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany)
Richard, widowed and a retired classics professor, lives in Berlin and is struggling to fill his days. He meets ten refugees staging a hunger strike and finds curiosity turning into caring.

Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Poland)
Greg’s autobiographical novel tells of growing up in a small Polish village in the 1970s and ‘80s, a time of cultural and historical importance seen through a child’s eyes as the Soviet Union began to splinter.

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar (Czech Republic)
Set in the near future, Jakub has become the first Czech astronaut in an effort to atone for his father’s political sins. Things aboard the spaceship quickly turn strange, though, in this darkly comedic novel.

Himself by Jess Kidd (Ireland)
Mahony was left on the steps of an orphanage as a baby, and grew up to be a charming car thief in Dublin. He’s returned to his home town amid rumors that his mother may not have given him up willingly. Part mystery, part fairy tale.

The World Goes On by Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
Eleven existentialist stories linked by a common narrator examine language, history, and what we think is true from Shanghai to Varanasi, Portugal and Russia.

Ferocity by Nicola Lagioia (Italy)
When the death of Michele’s half-sister is ruled a suicide he investigates and uncovers moral decay at the heart of the most powerful family in town. Winner of the Strega Prize, Italy’s preeminent prize for fiction.

Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain)
Muñoz Molina imagines the 10 days James Earl Ray spent in Lisbon, Portugal after assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968. Interwoven with that story is Muñoz Molina’s account of researching and writing the novel.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (England)
This modern-day Antigone follows three Pakistani siblings in Great Britain: responsible older sister Isma; strong willed Aneeka; and Parvaiz, who has been recruited by a jihadist organization. Then Eamonn, son of a powerful English Muslim politician, enters their lives and changes everything.

This post is part of our Intriguing International Fiction series, an irregularly timed ongoing run of posts highlighting interesting fiction by international authors. Explore other posts about 2016 African fiction and 2017 Latin American fiction

~ posted by Andrea G.

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