Posted on September 28, 2023 at 7:29 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Literature can be an escape, but it can also be an entrance into much reflection and debate.

For example, take Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's novel The Most Secret Memory of Men, which won France's prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2021 and just came to US bookshelves this week.

The book loosely retells the story of Yambo Ouologuem, a real-life Malian writer whose debut novel also won critical acclaim — only to then be declared a work of plagiarism, causing the publisher to recall the book and the author himself to withdraw from public life.

The New York Times covers the new attention on Ouologuem, who died in 2017, and his controversial novel Bound to Violence.

Other commentary on novels that have stirred much debate and strong feeling comes from Courtney Rodgers, who started taking informal note of the works that spawn dramatically mixed reviews online.

Check out her list of ten of the most polarizing books on BookRiot.

And what evokes more intense emotion in readers than a new take on a beloved classic?

Enter Winnie-the-Pooh: The Deforested Edition.

NPR shared news on this reimagining of A.A. Milne's tale — now in the public domain — written by the toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap.

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