Thursday, March 3, 2016

Top ten novels featuring hateful characters

Heinz Helle’s debut novel is Superabundance. One of his top ten novels featuring hateful characters, as shared at the Guardian:
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

They call him the professor, and he is the perfect anarchist. Carrying enough explosives under his clothing to annihilate any block he walks by, the self-developed rubber ball detonator sitting resting in his hand at all times, he is safe from the police. However, he has two problems. One: the time lag between ignition and explosion, a technical flaw he is working to improve, is a horrifying 20 seconds. Two: he is afraid; afraid that the busy, antlike crowd around him, which he constantly threatens to attack, might be insensible to fear.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Secret Agent is among Neel Mukherjee's top ten books about revolutionaries, Jason Burke's five books on Islamic militancy, Iain Sinclair's five novels on the spirit and history of London, Dan Vyleta's top ten books in second languages, Jessica Stern's five best books on who terrorists are, Adam Thorpe's top ten satires, and on John Mullan's list of ten of the best professors in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue