From the beginning of Civil War to Atlanta burning to the political aftermath of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Reconstruction era, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind depicts a society thorn asunder by war.
Published in 1994 and translated by Stephen Snyder, Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police is a quiet allegory and meditation on life as well as a dystopian fable about fascism. The story is set in an unnamed island where things disappear—birds, perfume, roses. Most disappearances happen overnight. The inhabitants wake up in a form of daze, […]
Countless writers have taken inspirations from characters in Greek Mythology for their quintessential characterizations everyone could easily recognize. Written in first-person narrative, Madeline Miller’s Circe follows the life of its titular protagonist as she navigates the world around her.
Even though the term dystopian was first coined in the 1740s by historian George Claeys, dystopian fiction novels did not become fully defined until the turn of the twentieth century. Written in 1921, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s social satire We laid the foundations for the genre that is now ubiquitous: dystopian fiction. Zamyatin’s We imagines a future […]
Set in Lithvas, a fictional country in Eastern Europe, Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver follows the story of a moneylender’s daughter as she strives to survive in medieval England. Living in abject poverty, Miryem decides to take over her father’s failing moneylending business. She is quite successful at it that soon she attracts the attention of […]
Set in mid-20th century Hungary, The Door revolves around the unlikely relationship of two women —Magda, the writer, and Emerence, the housekeeper.
Violence, obsession, and repressed desires are explored in Han Kang’s visceral, vivid, and undeniably compelling The Vegetarian. The story begins simple enough; Yeong-Hye decides to turn vegetarian. Despite her husband’s consternation regarding her decision, Yeong-Hye provides only a vague explanation for her sudden change, “I had a dream.” Unbeknownst to her husband and others around […]
Sigrid Nunez’ The Friend is a meditation on writing and life.
“We deserve love. Thick, full-bodied and healthy. Love.” – Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele’s When They Call You a Terrorist is a powerful memoir full of love, hope, and healing. Growing up poor in Van Nuys, California, Cullors witnessed her brothers and their friends being searched by […]
In Jasmin Darznik’s Song of a Captive Bird, she explores the life of Forugh Farrokzhad, one of the great Iranian poets of the 20th century.
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is a literal and figurative exploration of the historical Underground Railroad of mid-19th century America.
A mother is out to seek vengeance for her murdered four-year old daughter.