Best Books: 2019

As in the best books I have read in 2019.


  • Margaret Atwood, The Testaments
  • Bertolt Brecht, Der gute Mensch von Sezuan
  • Andrea Camilleri, The Overnight Kidnapper
  • Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Der gute Mensch von Sezuan
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Der Verdacht
  • Ian McEwan, The Cockroach
  • Sally Rooney, Normal People
  • Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
  • Elif Shafak, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
  • Anna Sun, Dreamers of the Absolute: A Book of Hours


  • Anne Carson, Nay Rather
  • Anne Carson (trans.), Euripides, Bakkhai
  • Anne Carson (trans.), Euripides, Iphigenia among the Taurians


  • Sarah Bachelard, Resurrection and Moral Imagination
  • David Benjamin Blower, Sympathy for Jonah: Reflections on Humiliation, Terror and the Politics of Enemy-Love
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Widerstand und Ergebung: Briefe und Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft
  • Douglas E. Christie, The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology
  • Dorothee d’Aprile, Barbara Bauer, Katharina Döbler, Niels Kadritzke (eds), Grenzgebiete: Mauern, Schmuggel, Reisefreiheit
  • Georgi Gospodinov, The Story Smuggler
  • Etty Hillesum, Essential Writings
  • Luce Irigaray, Sharing the World
  • Shahram Khosravi, ‘Illegal Traveller’: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders
  • Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
  • Christopher Pramuk, Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters across the Color Line
  • Richard Rohr, Essential Teachings on Love
  • Nigel Slater, The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter
  • Patrick Woodhouse, Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed