The Vatican Cellars by Andre Gide
At once a bizarre thriller, a daring satire, and a bracing philosophical investigation into questions of freewill and morality, Gide’s extravagant tale of fraud and deception – centering provocatively on a mock kidnapping of the Pope – outraged and baffled its first readers but can now be seen as one of this great European author’s most vital and engaging works.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France, as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. A deeply moving tale, illuminating the ways people in adversity try to be good to one another.