Bend Sinister - Vladimir Nabokov
Geez! Did not know what 'bend sinister' meant. Has to do with a heraldic shield, and the idea of the broad band, right to left, or left to right, a refraction, a wrong turn in life, oh! I'm getting it all confused, but this is the Nab's 11th novel, its dystopian, he wrote it in English (don't know how that matters, but it seems to), and it was published in 1947.