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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 14th, 2021
Emily's October 2021 pick
In his most recent release Laurent Binet makes a triumphant return to historical fiction with a worthy successor to his smashing 2012 debut HHnH (released in English in 2012).
Civilizations (2019, translated to English in 2021) has an incredible pace brought to life by a studied use of the primary source documents of our own timeline, bringing to life a history in which the old world is here the new. This alternative conquest is one of Andean origin, of religious tolerance, of sexual liberation, and such unspeakable violence it could have scarcely been imagined without a clear historical basis. Altogether the most fun I've had in quite some time.