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Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman 0

Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman

★★★☆☆ Channeling Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace, Ned Beauman’s novels are sprawling and hilarious works that tumble into realms of inspired, lost-in-time exotica. 2012’s The Teleportation Accident (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize)...

Gibraltar by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins 0

Gibraltar by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins

★★★☆☆ As long as there have been interactions between neighboring tribes and villages, there have been stories like Gibraltar. British citizens who lived in Gibraltar in the late 18th Century got along reasonably well...

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway 0

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

★★☆☆☆ Nick Harkaway’s Gnomon opens a future London – a surveillance state known as the System in which millions of cameras, microphones and other sensors gather information. Health issues are a thing of the...

Ice by Anna Kavan 0

Ice by Anna Kavan

★★★☆☆ Originally published fifty years ago and recently reissued in an anniversary edition with supplemental texts by Jonathan Lethem and Kate Zambreno, Anna Kavan’s Ice is a story of a man obsessed. A nameless...

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi 0

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

★★★☆☆ Translated from the Arabic, Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad updates a classic from the literary canon into a devastating, modern-day political allegory. In an attempt to give a rightful burial to the countless...

Built by Roma Agrawal 0

Built by Roma Agrawal

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The wind blows, the ground shakes, and your home remains standing whether it is stick-built or a skyscraper of steel and concrete. There are specific reasons why this is...