The new year brings fresh opportunity for literary discovery in the form of a wave of debut novels. Here are six promising first efforts to look out for, including the story of the raucous friendship between two female cartoonists, a tale of a Chinese imm
Bookcover for Franz Kafkas novella, The Metamorphosis pub. “The Metamorphosis” (Die Verwandlung, also sometimes termed “The Transformation”) tells a tale of a young man Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous.
Sofia Petrovna by Lydia Chukovskaya. Written in but not published in Russia until this short novel describes a mother's attempts to understand the arrest of her son at the height of Stalin's terror. Very important work in century Russian literature.