Fiction Novels

I couldn't find a thread/list of novels. Please could A News hold a thread with a list of novels where key themes include existentialism and/or nihilism? The list can be added to as and when people wish to contribute a title. Personally, I am not looking at science fiction, rather material such 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Dispossessed, Too Loud A Solitude, Lolita and Laughable Loves, to name some. I think a list of novels would be useful for all kinds of reasons. Thanks

Just saying... 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are totally considered science fiction. That also excludes from most of the beautiful stuff written by the great Ursula LeGuin.

There is contention online (surprise surprise) as to whether or not 1984 is science fiction dystopian or neat-future dystopian? Same again with Fahrenheit 451 being described as near-future dystopian as opposed to having a more obvious science fiction context.

Dystopia is a style or approach within science-fiction literature. Science-fiction can also be near-future, even though for several reasons authors prefer to project their story far in the future, past or in another space. It's been always a quite vast genre full of latitude for new branches. Doesn't have to be (and actually ain't often) about spaceships and time travel. Even Twin Peaks has been bordering on Sci-Fi lately.

Just saw the movie version of Girl With All the Gifts and that had themes enough in it. I'd like to read the book, but haven't gotten a copy yet.

Just read Annihilation which I only knew a little about from reading a couple of short reviews. I thought this book was well worth reading. Best read by actually thinking about what you're reading as you go. Stop reading, think about it and carry on: don't just blast through it. Filling in the gaps (left intentionally by the author?) is a creative imaginative approach when reading this book which worked for me. Lots of open-ended stuff which can annoy some but worked for me.


Margaret Killjoy is probably one of the more successful, explicitly anarchist fiction writers. I haven't actually read any of her novels (mostly due to a massive backlog of other things I need to read), but I've only heard good things from friends, and she's given excellent talks on anarchism's relationship with fiction I've enjoyed.

And of course, there's Letters of Insurgents, which is basically the best book ever. You can read for free here:
though I'd recommend a physical copy:
since the digital one has a bunch of little transcription errors. There's also an audio book copy here:

yeah if you want to read about genderless squaters fighting rabid deers she has a book about that.

you could probably leaf through this list of 37 fiction tags on The Anarchist Library and maybe find some things you are looking for:

Females get this 'skein power' and get ideas about taking over and stuff. Great read about power dynamics, particularly the overthrow of global patriarchy. Just the physical strength of men is enough to instil justifiable fear in some. From a male perspective, this was well worth reading.

reading from an existentialist perspective. The writing style is a bit different but once you get it, both are really good books. The writing style makes the reader slow down and thus, it helps in critiquing the story. The author is J. Saramago

when people suddenly go blind and are quarantined in a former mental asylum. Things go downhill as they end up living in faeces, bed lice, blood, sweat and face starvation and the females are exploited: sex for food. Very dark novel which takes you deeper down the cesspool of depravity, all in the blink of an eye. Interesting from an anarchist point of view in forming 'society' in changed circumstances. This is a great read. I can relate to the mind games and inner dialogue through out this book. Reminds of me needing to put fuel in my car but I keep on passing each fuel station seeing if I can make it to the next, unnecessarily stressing myself out and then running out of fuel, getting angry with myself OR being successful and 'winning!' as my car coughs its way towards the gas pump as I take it to the edge for no fuckin' reason other than 'to put myself through it.'

the other. Saramago was an anarcho-communist and these two novels exemplify this. His second book tells of the lengths any government will go to force 'democracy' on people. Excellent books.

Up there with 1984 in the political fiction genre is the little known classic Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler which will have you loathing commies, and as a bonus, also learning a handy makeshift code so you can communicate to others by tapping signals through prison cell walls if one should find oneself there. A must read for activists ;)

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