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Summer novels

Summer is a great time to relax on holiday with a good novel. That’s certainly what attendees at the recent Marxism festival thought as they snapped up novels by the bucketload at Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop. Here are the five most popular titles

Issue No. 2210

The People

The People's Train cover

The People’s Train

by Thomas Keneally

Artem Samsurov flees from Tsarist Russia to Australia.

When the 1917 revolution breaks out Artem returns to Russia to participate in the creation of a socialist society.

Keneally, the author of Schindler’s Ark, has based this superb novel on the true story of a Bolshevik.

Alone in Berlin

by Hans Fallada

This 1947 novel, recently translated into English, follows the life of Otto and Anna Quangel, who live in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship.

When their beloved son is killed in the Second World War they begin to resist the regime.

Life and Fate

by Vasily Grossman

The battle of Stalingrad is at the centre of Grossman’s masterpiece.

A huge cast of German and Russian characters grapple with the horrors in which the Second World War have placed them.

The City & the City

by China Mieville

This fantastical crime thriller won the Arthur C Clarke science fiction award.

Inspector Tyador Borlú is trying to solve the murder of a mysterious woman in the city of Beszél.

He discovers that the victim has links to Ul Qoma, a city that exists in the same physical space as Beszél.


by Sara Paretsky

The latest VI Warshawski novel finds the private detective uncovering the racist past and present of Chicago. Paretsky’s desire for social justice burns through.

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Tue 13 Jul 2010, 17:56 BST
Issue No. 2210
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