The current issue of WLT features an interview with Danish writer Carsten Jensen, author of the maritime novel We, the Drowned. Here is a list of recommended maritime fiction by the editors at WLT.  

1.The Sharks by Jens Bjorneboe
Jens Bjørneboe, The Sharks, tr. Esther Greenleaf Mürer (Norvik, 1992)

2.The Norton Book of the Sea, John O. Coote
John O. Coote, ed., The Norton Book of the Sea, 2 vols. (W. W. Norton, 1989–93)

3.The Lost Sailors by Jean-Claude Izzo
Jean-Claude Izzo, The Lost Sailors, tr. Howard Curtis (Europa, 2007)

4.Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife (Harper Perennial, 2000)

5.Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series from Master and Commander (Lippincott, 1969) through The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (W. W. Norton, 2004)

6.The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table (Knopf, 2011) (forthcoming in August)

7.Maritime Fiction by John Peck
John Peck, Maritime Fiction: Sailors and the Sea in British and American Novels (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)

8.The Sea HawkCaptain Blood by Rafael Sabatini Captain Blood Returns, Rafael Sabatini
Rafael Sabatini, The Sea-Hawk (Grosset & Dunlap, 1924), Captain Blood (Penguin, 1922), Captain Blood Returns (Houghton Mifflin, 1931), and The Fortunes of Captain Blood (Houghton Mifflin, 1936)