All in Novel

Babel

Kenah Cusanit’s audacious debut, Babel, is set in Iraq just before the First World War, following Dr Koldewey, architect and archaeologist, across the ruins of Babylon for a few hours of one day in 1913.

Adèle

Leïla Slimani’s début novel, Dans le Jardin de l’Ogre (now out in English as Adèle) is a gripping yet unsatisfying book. As a study of a nymphomaniac, that is, perhaps, its intent: to be lurid but not lubricious, subversive but unsexy, to force upon the reader the mental pathologies of its title character. It is the story of an obsession told so obsessively that it frustrates as much as it compels.