Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Pale Fire, although lesser-known among the general literary audience, was critically acclaimed and is recognised as one of the greatest 20th-century novels. It is also known as one of the most imaginative, boundary-breaking, and linguistically inventive novels of all time; which is a testimony to the essential plot of the novel, a 999 line poem…

‘Stoner’ by John Williams

Stoner is a novel published in the year 1965 by the American writer John Williams, who won the National Book Award for Augustus (1972) and the acclaimed Butcher’s Crossing (1960). Now, judging by the limited amount of work John Williams produced in his entire life, he was a man of deep thought, silent and reticent…

A Heart So White by Javier Marías

A Heart So White by Javier Marías is a novel published, originally in the Spanish language, in the year 1992. In the year 1995, an English translation by Margaret Jull Costa was published by The Harvill Press, which won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Javier Marías is one of Spain’s most celebrated and prolific…

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo Trilogy is a series of three novels written and published by the Nobel prize winner for literature Naguib Mahfouz, initially in the Arabic language in the years 1956-1957. The three books: Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957) and Sugar Street (1957) were published later in English translation in the 1990s by Doubleday….

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe published in the year 1958 to great acclaim and since then, has been recognised as a classic of postcolonial literature. It was written as a rebuke to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Chinua Achebe also later criticised Sir VS Naipaul’s A Bend in The River. Both…

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Freedom is a novel published in the year 2010 by American novelist Jonathan Franzen; published to great acclaim by critics and readers, it turned Franzen into a literary celebrity and phenomenon. His first masterpiece The Corrections compelled me to pick up Freedom from the nearest Waterstones, which had only one copy available…

Review of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is a novel published in the year 2007 to unprecedented acclaim, and the novel turned to be a huge critical and popular success winning The National Book Critics Award and The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Junot Diaz published his debut, which was called Drown, a…

Review of The Corrections

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen is a novel written in 2001, which tells the story of the Lamberts who live in St. Jude. The Lamberts are not far away from being called, justifiably, a dysfunctional family. The novel is known, by some, as the greatest twenty-first-century novel and by others as one of them if…

Voss by Patrick White

Voss by Patrick White, the first Australian Nobel Prize winner in Literature, is a novel published in the year 1957. It was his fifth published novel and is possibly known by many to be his best work. The novel is based on the life of the Prussian naturalist and explorer named Ludwig Leichhardt, who went…

Amongst Women by John McGahern

Amongst Women by John McGahern Amongst Women by John McGahern is a novel published in the year 1990, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has come to be recognised as one of the great Irish novels of our time. In 2006, Observer compiled a list of the greatest novels of the last twenty-five produced from…