Originally published in 1965, Dino Buzzati’s short fiction collection Catastrophe and Other Stories has been republished for our calamitous times. The Italian author’s tales of everyday collapse resonated with the post-Mussolini, post-WWII readers, but their odd and foreboding stories still bite.
Almost everyone dies in The Last Man, but it’s fair to say that in Mary Shelley’s 1826 novel the extinction of mankind is an afterthought.
Painful transitions and the illusion of permanence are at the heart of Black Wave, a formally experimental novel set in a world advancing toward extinction.
In “Things Fall Apart,” Chinua Achebe’s most famous novel, the author casts an apocalyptic light on many of Africa’s most pressing modern issues.