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The Trouble With Being Born
'Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately it is within no one's reach.'
In The Trouble With Being Born, E. M. Cioran grapples with the major questions of human existence: birth, death, God, the passing of time, how to relate...
The Glass Mountain
A glass mountain sits in the middle of a city and at the top sits a 'beautiful, enchanted symbol'. Seeking to disenchant it, the narrator must climb the mountain. Confronted by the jeers of acquaintances, the bodies of previous climbers and the...
A Distant Episode
A linguistic professor arrives in Ain Tadouirt seeking to study the local dialects. Confident, condescending and culturally aloof, he is led that night to a quarry and left there. He begins to descend. Met with horror upon horror as his journey...
The Goalkeeper's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
'Portrays the breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus' The Stranger' The New York Times
Joseph Bloch, a once-famous goalkeeper turned construction worker, commits a random murder without thought or...
The Corner That Held Them
Sylvia Townsend Warner's portrayal of a fourteenth-entury nunnery is widely considered to be one of the greatest historical novels of all time. An often hilarious ode to community living, it is also a poignant, delicate exploration of spirituality's...
The Flint Anchor
Set in early-Victorian Norfolk, The Flint Anchor follows the the Barnard family: stern patriarch John Barnard; his indolent, heavy-drinking wife; and their children, each damaged in their own way. A brilliant study of dysfunction and power dynamics...
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