16 Brilliant Books. The Choice of UNESCO Cities of Literature

The second year of the UNESCO Cities of Literature collects a list of books that they recommend reading to their residents. We publish the full list of 2017.

UNESCO Cities of Literature - a global network of 20 cities who specialize in literature; The UNESCO designation 'City of Literature' recognizes excellence and places an obligation on cities to nurture and support their art form and collaborate internationally by sharing best practice, supporting freedom of speech and through projects Locally and internationally.

2017. Literary cities recommend:

Barcelona
Josep Pla, «The gray notebook». 
A classic diary that scrutines the lively Barcelona of the 1920s
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Dublin
Liz Nugent, «Lying in Wait». 
"My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it".
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Dunedin
David Elliot after Lewis Carroll, «Snark». 
A dark, tumultuous romp for grown-up children of all ages.
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Edinburgh
Charlie Stross’, «The Glasshouse». 
The profoundly strange tale of a 21st-century family living through a singularity moment.
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Granada
Francisco Ayala, «Usurpers». 
Usurpers contains seven stories with ambition, violence and surrender.
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Heidelberg
Saša Stanišić, «Before the Feast». 
Stanišić knits a dozen characters into a multi-stranded tissue of gossip, myth and memory. 
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Iowa City
Ethan Canin, «A Doubter's Almanac». 
A fascinating character study that makes difficult math seem scintillating.
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Krakow
Joseph Conrad, «Heart of Darkness». 
One of the greatest and most debated texts of Western literature.
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Ljubljana
Renata Salecl, «Choice». 
The idea of choice has deeply penetrated our perception of feelings, as though we can ‘choose’ whether or not to have them.
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Melbourne
Anna Spargo-Ryan, «The Paper House». 
A moving and viscerally real portrait of family bonds pushed to their limits.
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Norwich
Megan Bradbury, «Everyone Is Watching». 
A love letter to New York, to art, to writing and to our shared humanity.
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Nottingham
Kim Slater, «928 Miles From Home». 
A powerful story of two boys from two different worlds thrown together
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Prague
Marek Šindelka, «Aberrant». 
Mixes together a variety of genres to create a heady concoction of crime, horror & ecological revenge fantasy.
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Reykjavik
Sjón, «Moonstone – the boy who never was». 
A mind-bending story about a young man on the fringes of society in Reykjavik at the dawn of the 20th century.
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Tartu
Meelis Friedenthal, «The Willow King». 
A dreamlike story taking the reader into the 17th century Tartu.
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Ulyanovsk
Ivan Goncharov, «An Ordinary Story». 
A novel that tells about growing up and disappointment in one's own ideals of an ineradicable, provincial romantic.
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