Monday, February 28, 2011
Must Read Monday: Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel
This week's post for Must-Read Monday belongs to Yann Martel's novel, Beatrice and Virgil, which is now out in paperback. As with his previous book, Life of Pi, Martel puts animal allegory to good use again, layered over a very postmodern meta-fiction structure. Ostensibly about a writer who has lost his creativity, this book is actually an exploration of how inadequate words are to describe the Holocaust. This book is so haunting and provocative that I could not stop thinking about for days.
If you'd like to learn a little more about this book, check out this post about my chance to meet Yann Martel in person at the New England Independent Booksellers Association office -- it was a great day!