Top 10 novels about riots

From Victor Hugo to JG Ballard, these incendiary books make readers co-conspirators in the insurrection they depict

Fiction is the ultimate rebellion, because it insists on rejecting reality, creating new worlds. Novelists are rebels, and readers are co-conspirators. And if fiction is an act of rebellion, novels about riots are the ultimate Molotov cocktail.

My debut novel Graffiti Palace reimagines the Odyssey amid the 1965 Watts riots and the graffiti rebels of Los Angeles.

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