The editors of The New York Times Book Review have compiled a list of the 100 most significant books of 2012 and Hari Kunzru's book Gods Without Men is the only work by an Indian-origin writer which has made it to the list across categories.
Kunzru's Gods Without Men cuts across time and space and Douglas Coupland of the NYT, classifies it as Translit, a genres he coins and defines as follows:
Translit novels cross history without being historical; they span geography without changing psychic place. Translit collapses time and space as it seeks to generate narrative traction in the reader’s mind.
The list, however, has the usual suspects from the literary world - right from Orhan Pamuk to Alice Munro. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies which traces the fall of Anne Boleyn and is the sequel to her gorgeous Wolf Hall has also made it to the list. Pamuk's Silent House and Booker front-runner Munro's Dear Life: Stories are on the list.
Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth, set in a Cold War espionage operation is on the list too.
David Maraniss' biography of Barack Obama, Barack Obama: The Story and Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama figure in the non-fiction list.
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