Underdog Literature, December 2012: 15 fresh or brilliant, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 12 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles – all published in 2012 – that might deserve more attention:

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01: RICHARD KRAMER, “These Things happen”, 272 pages, 2012. [quirky domestic drama, written by a former “My so-called Life” writer.]

02: PHILIP SINGTON, “The Valley of Unknowing”, 298 pages, 2012. [set in the GDR, a story in the style of “The Lives of Others”]

03: LEANNE SHAPTON, “Swimming Studies”, 336 pages, 2012. [Essays / Memoir, German title: “Bahnen ziehen” (Link, Perlentaucher)]

04: KEVIN YOUNG, “The Grey Album”, 476 pages, 2012. [Essays / Experimental]

05: WILEY CASH, “A Land more kind than Home”, 320 pages, 2012. [literary Thriller]

06: GILLIAN FLYNN, “Gone Girl”, 419 pages, 2012 [Thriller / Bestseller].

07: JESS WALTER, “Beautiful Ruins”, 337 pages, 2012 [Bestseller].

08: FLORIAN ILLIES, “1913 – Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts”, 320 pages, 2012. [German (Link: Perlentaucher)]

09: PIA ZIEFLE, “Suna”, 304 pages, 2012. [German]

10: VERONIQUE BIZOT, “Un Avenir” / “Eine Zukunft”, 130 pages, 2011. [French; German edition (Link, 2012)review at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Link)]

11: KERSTIN EKMAN, “Schwindlerinnen” / “Grand final i skojarbranschen”, 448 pages, 2011. [Swedish, German edition 2012 (Perlentaucher)]

12: MICHEL ROSTAIN, “The Son” / “Le Fils” / “Als ich meine Eltern verließ”, 160 pages, 2011. [French Memoir, German Edition 2012 (Perlentaucher)]

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Here are nine 2012 books that I’ve featured / mentioned here before… and that might (still) be worth a look:

01: STEVE ERICKSON, “These Dreams of you”, 309 pages, 2012.

02: SHANNON MESSENGER, “Keeper of the Lost Cities”, 496 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / Fantasy]

03: CLAIRE LEGRAND, “The Cavandish Home for Boys and Girls”, 352 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, Horror]

04: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, “Red Plenty”, 448 pages, 2007. [Science Fiction; German version published in April 2012: “Rote Zukunft”, Rowohlt]

05: JENNY LAWSON, “Let’s pretend this never happened”, 318 pages, 2012. [Memoir / Comedy]

06: NICK HARKAWAY, “Angelmaker”, 482 pages, 2012. [post-modern, absurdist Sci-Fi Noir]

07: GAITO GASDANOW, “Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf”, 192 pages, 1947. [Russian emigré writer, new German translation]

08: GERMÁN KRATOCHWIL, “Scherbengericht”, 311 pages, 2012. [German, Link (Perlentaucher)]

09: NORA BOSSONG, “Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung”, 296 pages, 2012. [German, Link (Perlentaucher)]

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Here are 3 books not published in 2012 (…to round up “Underdog Literature’s” usual “15 new recommendations, every month” format):

01: TAIYE SELASI, “Ghana must go”, 336 pages, 2013.

02: SAMANTHA HUNT, “The Seas”, 193 pages, 2004.

03: J.L. CARR, “A Month in the Country”, 135 pages, 1980.

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: SIMON MAWER, “The Fall”, 442 pages, 2003.

02: NATALIA GINZBURG, “All our Yesterdays”, 300 pages, 1952.

03: KVETA LEGATOVA, “Zelary” / “Der Mann aus Zelary”, 156 pages, 2001 [Czechian].

04: WILLY RUSSELL, “The Wrong Boy”, 506 pages, 2002.

05: MARKUS FELDENKIRCHEN, “Was zusamengehört”, 318 pages, 2010. [German]

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: ALEXIS M. SMITH, “Glaciers”, 174 pages, 2012.

5 of 5 stars: MARLEN HAUSHOFER, “The Wall” / “Die Wand”, 284 pages, 1962. [Austrian]

4 of 5 stars: DANIELA KRIEN, “Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen”, 240 pages, 2011. [German]

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