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By Laurent Binet -
The book opens in AD 1000. Freydis Eriksdottir, Erik the Red’s daughter, leads a band of Viking warriors who travel as far as ...Read Review
By William di Canzio -
William di Canzio retells the ending of E. M. Forster’s novel Maurice from working-class Alec Scudder’s perspective, then carries forward the ...Read Review
By Anna Moschovakis (trans.) - By David Diop -
Alfa, a Senegalese soldier, delivers a harrowing confession from the Western Front of WWI France. (Senegal, then a French colony, contributed thousands of ...Read Review
By Steven Price -
Sicily, after the devastation of the Second World War. We are given the history of the last years of Giuseppe Tomasi, true-life author ...Read Review
By Christopher Tilghman -
In the early 1890s, childhood friends, now newlyweds Beal Terrell and Thomas Bayly, leave their native Maryland. Their departure would be unremarkable, except ...Read Review
By Christian Kracht - By Daniel Bowles (trans.) -
This is a dark, atmospheric novel, set at the end of the Weimar Republic in both Europe and Japan. Emil Nägeli, a ...Read Review
By A. G. Lombardo -
This visceral, often hallucinatory debut novel unfolds in August 1965, as Americo Monk, a seeker of codes and secret wisdom hidden in graffiti, makes ...Read Review
By Tatjana Soli -
Published 2018Published 2018-06-12
In the late 19th century, General Armstrong Custer embodied the mixed feelings of Manifest Destiny in the United States, and this book not ...Read Review
By David Brookshaw (trans.) - By Mia Couto -
The introduction to this tale of the end of independence for the country then called Gaza (now Mozambique) is emblematic of its gradual ...Read Review
By Anne Milano Appel (trans.) - By Paolo Maurensig -
On March 24, 1946, current world chess champion, Alexandre Alekhine, is supposed to be getting ready to defend his title against a Russian challenger. But, ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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