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Best Fiction Featuring…Animals?

Boldtype published a kind of addendum to The New Yorker‘s recent publication of a short story by naturalist A.O. Wilson entitled “Trailhead,”about the travails of a put-upon ant, which includes, in part:

“The only thing he had ever done was accept meals regurgitated to him by his sister”

Later, the literary website expands on the genre of animal narrators with its own list of nearly two dozen narratives featuring sex-crazed anteaters (Dave Eggers’ How We Are Hungry), abandoned dogs (William Maxwell’s lyrical So Long, See You Tomorrow), and, of course, Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

I’ve included here the super-cool cover art for Animal Farm, created by artist/whiz kid/criminal Shepard Fairey. The book is a powerful reminder of how prescient Orwell was in publishing his political novel back in 1945.


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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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