Genres: Literary Fiction
James Wood recommends
Hannah Versus the Tree (2018)
Leland de la Durantaye
"Hannah Versus the Tree is unlike anything I have ever read -- thriller, myth, dream, and poem combined. It tells the story of a terrible act of violence and a terrible act of revenge, but in ways that hardly resemble contemporary fiction. Sometimes I thought I Was reading the Chorus's part from a lost Greek tragedy, or perhaps an impossibly updated Beowulf. Written in an immaculate, lyrically charged, uncannily autonomous prose, this lovely novel is at once a modern story about money and politics and sexual violence, and an ancient fable of grievance and justice."
"James Lasdun seems to be one of the secret gardens of English writing...when we read him we know what language is for..."