The Best Fiction of 2015


Beauty Is a WoundEka Kurniawan, trans. Annie Tucker / Man Tiger, Eka Kurniawan, trans. Labodalih Sembiring

It may be cheating to include two novels by one author, but there is no doubt that the year’s most important revelation-in-translation is Eka Kurniawan, whose searing works of so-called magical realism set in Indonesia should not be missed by any reader, especially those who are unafraid of sex and violence. If you’re tired of rereading Gogol and Dostoevsky, turn to Kurniawan instead. —JS