Confessions by Jaume Cabré


Jaume Cabré

As he slides into dementia, Catalan professor Adria Ardevol attempts to communicate his belief in the human capability for beauty and love; contrasted by our capacity for evil as exemplified in the Inquistion and the Holocaust. I found I really wanted to know about Adria, a very real character, and what part his (sinister) violin actually played in his life. An amazing book thoroughly recommended for those who enjoy a challenge.


Adria opened his mouth and closed it again. He didn't know how to respond. He didn't know why he didn't want to sell Vial, that violin that had rubbed elbows with so much tragedy but which I had grown accustomed to playing more and more hours each day. ... perhaps because of the stories I imagined when I touched its wood .... It's not an excuse but Vial was some sort of window onto imagination.

  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • The Dance of Genghis Cohen by Romain Gary
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Books with similar mood

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

The Vorrh

Brian Catling

The Way of the Women

Marlene van Niekerk

The Impressionist

Hari Kunzru


Suhayl Saadi

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

The Islands

Carlos Gamerro


Will Self

House of Leaves

Mark Z Danielewski


Zoran Drvenkar

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

Paul Hoffman

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders


Patrick Neate

The Nautical Chart

Arturo Perez-Reverte


Nicola Barker

Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow

Peter Hoeg

The Clay Dreaming

Ed Hillyer

Queen of the South

Arturo Perez-Reverte


Jeff VanderMeer

A Whistling Woman

A S Byatt

At Swim, Two Boys

Jamie O'Neill

The Quiet Violence of Dreams

K Duiker

Landor's Tower

Iain Sinclair

The Wake

Paul Kingsnorth

The Sport of Kings

C E Morgan

See You Tomorrow

Tore Renberg

The Rat Killer

Alexander Terekhov


Lisa Moore

The Kiln People

David Brin

The Skin Palace

Jack O'Connell


Sofi Oksanen

Bricks and Mortar

Clemens Meyer

At Night We Walk in Circles

Daniel Alarcón

The Beauty of Murder

A K Benedict

The Taker

Alma Katsu

Too Like the Lightning

Ada Palmer

The Kills

Richard House

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

Tokyo Year Zero

David Peace

The Prison House

John King

The Scar

China Mieville

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Elif Shafak

Kill the Father

Sandrone Dazieri

The Forgetting Time

Sharon Guskin

The Aeronaut's Guide to Rapture

Stuart Campbell

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Madeleine Thien

The House of Rumour

Jake Arnott


Patrick Flanery

Children of the Sun

Max Schaefer