The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

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The God of Small Things is an ambitious meditation on the fortunes of an Indian family. It is the ecstatic prose of Roy’s novel that make it compulsive reading—you will find yourself re-reading, and perhaps memorizing, Roy’s poetry-infused sentences. It is about two Indian twins, and their navigation of historical pressures—the promises of Communism, the pieties of Christianity, the rigidities of India's caste system. Roy’s novel asks profound questions about the violence of the past.   

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ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse - Anne Carson

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Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red—a hybrid work of poetry and prose—is a contemporary queer reinterpretation of an ancient Greek myth, in which Geryon, a little winged monster, is slain by Hercules.  In Carson’s version, Geryon is a little red boy, a photographer, who falls in love with Hercules.  Carson imagines, in cinematic detail, the relationship between the boys.  The book is a testament to both young love and queer lives.

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ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

The Good Story - J.M. Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee’s new book The Good Story is a meditative dialogue with psychoanalyst Arabella Kurtz that draws on the concepts of psychoanalysis in order to elucidate literary fiction. The dialogue is informal and wide-ranging—moving from Don Quixote to prayer to Apartheid to youth gangs. Coetzee and Kurtz are at their finest when analyzing the act of confession in Dostoevsky and in analyzing the relationship of the individual to history in W.G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz. The work is ambitious—always in pursuit of the question: What are the stories that we tell ourselves, and what does that say about us as human beings?

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ISBN: 9780143109822
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2016