Books by Michael Pye

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2015

"A brilliant history of the Dark Ages showing the growth and development of science, business, fashion, law, politics and other significant institutions—a joy to read and reread."
Novelist, journalist and historian Pye (The Pieces from Berlin, 2004, etc.) challenges all our notions of the Dark Ages and shows the vast accomplishments completed long before the Renaissance.Read full book review >
INGRID CAVEN by Jean-Jacques Schuhl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"A historical record, to be sure, however unsettling and erratically recounted, but this 2000 Goncourt winner details much glam and little substance."
A real-life German singer and actress (she married filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder) unrolls some fabulous name-dropping in a lightly fictionalized series of reminiscences written by a man named Charles (a.k.a. author Schuhl), who lives with her. Read full book review >
THE PIECES FROM BERLIN by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"To be read and savored before it's ruined as a movie."
An ancient antiquarian in Zurich is held accountable at the end of her life for the wicked tactics she used to survive and prosper in wartime Berlin. Read full book review >
TAKING LIVES by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"This is about as good as literary thrillers get. (First printing of 50,000)"
It's a pity Alfred Hitchcock isn't around to direct the inevitable film version of this witty and intricate intercontinental thriller from the acclaimed historian (Maximum City: The Biography of New York, 1993) and fiction writer (The Drowning Room, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DROWNING ROOM by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Novelist and historian Pye (Maximum City, The Biography of New York, 1992, etc.) transforms the life of a historical 17th-century Dutch woman into a novel of you-are-there realism, though of a more strained psychology. Read full book review >
MAXIMUM CITY by Michael Pye
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"First published in England, this probably works best as an interpretation for foreigners, not as an analysis that can help us understand ourselves."
Pye, a British novelist (The King Over the Water, 1981, etc.) and journalist living in New York, has put together a brittle, impressionistic collage of historical and contemporary items—on early Dutch rule and misrule; immigrant hopes and disillusionment; sexual politics; snobbish Society; the struggle to make it in ``audition city,'' and more—for a portrait-in-time that he calls a ``biography'' of N.Y.C., though there's little sense of organic life or rhythm in its various staccato accounts. Read full book review >