This year is going to be one of the luckiest ones for bibliophiles, as some of the most popular authors of our times have new stories to tell. Here’s a list of titles that literary heavyweights are coming out with this year.
Languages of Truth
“Before there were books, there were stories,” writes Rushdie in this upcoming collection of essays that attempt to chronicle the evolution of language and culture. Written between 2003 and 2020, Rushdie’s essays seek to engage with contemporary socio-politics and its resultant cultural churn. Brimming with wit and insight in equal parts, Languages of Truth will come out on May 25 this year.
Klara and the Sun
In Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, he examines loneliness, love, and a myriad of other themes, through the lens of a machine, with feelings. Though the premise may sound Toy Story-esque, one can rely on Ishiguro’s writing prowess that has always managed to surprise us in the most unexpected ways over the years. Bibliophiles can get their hands on this title on March 2.
Nights of Plague
Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s upcoming novel is a historical fiction that’s set in 1901 during the third plague pandemic. The novel has been in development for over four years, and it will also include his drawings and hand-drawn maps as his attempt to illustrate the world that he is creating. Pamuk found himself finishing the book during the outbreak of the coronavirus, so when the book will finally come out on August 3 this year, it will be pretty much an ‘art imitates life’ situation.
After almost a decade, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is coming out with a new book this year that is supposed to be the English translation of her first Italian novel. Whereabouts is expected to come out in April 2021, and one can expect Lahiri’s minimal yet magical prose that brings her characters to life with the turn of each page.
March sees the release of King of Horror Stephen King’s Later, which tells the story of Jamie Conklin, a kid born with an unnatural ability that allows him to see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. Stephen King is known for his well-crafted characters, and in this book, readers can also expect his signature mix of suspense and supernatural.