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Power of Fiction: August Picks


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Phil, Queen's Sqaure | August 1, 2019

What better way to explore the power of fiction than to read two novels that deal with exactly the same story?

Margot Wölk’s story as a real life food tester for Hitler has been re-told as fiction in the following two books: At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino and the Taster by V. S. Alexander.

While both Postorino and Alexander explore life during wartime and the dynamics between the guards and the women tasters, it’s Postorino who goes deeper, by delving into the subtle ways women interact with one another, both in extraordinary situations and everyday life. No matter which author you choose to read, you’ll want to pick up the other book to see which author speaks to you.

Donal Ryan's From A Low and Quiet Sea gets inside the heads of very different characters in this collection of three related stories. “Farouk “, “Lampy “and “John”, explore ideas about home, featuring intensely personal storytelling. You may find you’re not always comfortable in the minds of others, but if Farouk’s story doesn’t shake you, perhaps you should check for a pulse.

The Plotters presents an interesting conundrum. We know little about day-to-day life in South Korea. So, this novel about a group of fixers/assassins, whose way of life is changing due to South Korea’s modernization is both a noir-ish thriller, and a limited entryway into another way of life. 

Next month some of the best novels I’ve read this year: Dave Eggers's The Parade; John Lanchester's The Wall; All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy; and Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont.

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