The best books of 2018 – Haruki Murakami, Keigo Higashino, and If Cats Disappeared From the World

The best books of 2018 – Haruki Murakami, Keigo Higashino, and If Cats Disappeared From the World

South China Morning Post - Culture·2018-12-19 20:45

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Readers may look back at 2018 as the year when literature did not happen. No Nobel Prize. A J.K. Rowling novel that (gasp) failed to enchant. A George R.R. Martin novel, but not the long-promised new Game of Thrones story. You might be forgiven for thinking 2018 was, all in all, a bit of a let-down. Thank goodness it ended with Margaret Atwood promising us a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Phew.

Perhaps we should begin with something that very definitely did go ahead: Hong Kong’s annual Literary Festival, which celebrated its 18th year. Attracting writers from around the world, the 10-day feast of readings, talks and discussions included Chan Lai-kuen on Hong Kong poetry and Yunte Huang on The Original Siamese Twins, not to mention international stars such as Irvine Welsh, Meg Wolitzer, Cheryl Strayed, Susie Orbach and Geoff Dyer. Exiled writer Ma Jian made an appearance that almost didn’t happen, due to a case of nerves at the festival venue, Tai Kwun.

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