As promised in my earlier post, here is my list of the top works of fiction I read in 2010. You might notice that compared to my top non-fiction list, this one is much shorter. Since I read only ten works of fiction in 2010, naturally it wouldn’t be fair to create a top ten list. So, in no real order of preference, here is my list.
- The Vagrants: A Novel by Yiyun Li
- Leaving Tangier: A Novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun
- Season of Migration to the North (New York Review of Books Classics Edition) by Tayeb Salih
There it is, short and sweet. With their respective settings in China, Spain/Morocco and Sudan these book give our list a definite international feel. Plus, if I add Ha Jin’s short story collection Ocean of Words and Rebecca Pawel’s debut crime novel Death of a Nationalist to the list of runners-up, then all of 2010’s choice fiction was set outside North America.
There we have it. Like I said short, sweet and to the point. I’m wondering if 2011’s best fiction will also have an international flavor. My guess is it probably will.