THE CASTLE by Franz Kafka, Dark and at times surreal, The Castle is about alienation, bureaucracy, the seemingly endless frustrations of man's attempts to stand against the system, and the futile and hopeless pursuit of an unobtainable goal. To Kafka, duality is a perpetual human condition which lies at the heart of this magnum opus: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration.

Castle, The: A new translation, based on the restored text by Franz Kafka;

MORAVAGINE by Blaise Cendrars follows a madman, a descendant of the last King of Hungary, and a young doctor on their worldwide adventures from the Russian Revolution and to the First World War. Moravinge's madness becomes comparable with the dissolution of world and the chaotic disorder of life. "There is no truth. There's only action, action obeying a million different impulses, ephemeral action, action subjected to every possible imaginable contingency and contradiction. Life.

MORAVAGINE by Blaise Cendrars follows a madman, a descendant of the last King of Hungary, and a young doctor on their worldwide adventures from the Russian Revolution and to the First World War. Moravinge's madness becomes comparable with the dissolution of world and the chaotic disorder of life. "There is no truth. There's only action, action obeying a million different impulses, ephemeral action, action subjected to every possible imaginable contingency and contradiction. Life.

THE FOUNTAINHEAD- Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.

Books: The Fountainhead (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback) by Rand Ayn (Author)

THE OBSCENE BIRD OF NIGHT is a triumph of imaginative visionary writing. Among the first examples of the "magic realism" emanating from South America, its luxuriance, fecundity, horror, and energy will not soon fade from the reader's mind. The novel explores the cyclical nature of life and death, in that our fears and fantasies of childhood resurface in adulthood and old age. It is about the deconstruction of self – to the extreme of trying ‘to live’ in non-existence.

The Obscene Bird of Night by Jose Donoso Verba Mundi Press

LABYRINTHS by Jorge Luis Borges- His stories are redolent with an intelligence, wealth of invention and a tight, almost mathematically formal style that challenge with mysteries and paradoxes revealed only after several readings. Highly recommended to anyone who wants their imagination & intellect to be aswarm with philosophical plots, compelling conundrums and a wealth of real & imagined literary references derived from an infinitely imaginary library. READ BOOK

Jorge Luis Borges ~ "Labyrinths" He almost became a librarian. Thank the universe he published instead.

THE WOLF -Beautiful and fatalistic this is a haunting glimpse into the mind of a predator. Its a stunning combination of nature writing and imagination. Smith describes a snowy wintry landscape afresh. We look out at world seen by another and understand it in a very different way. We also look in, into the mind of a predator of staggering elegance, beauty and efficiency. We are also asked to confront mortality and the very essence of life.

The Wolf by Joseph Smith - Jonathan Cape 2008

THE WHITE TIGER provides a darkly comical view of modern day life in India through the narration of its protagonist Balram Halwai. The main theme of the novel is the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and its working class people who live in crushing poverty. Balram's journey from darkness to the light of success is a brilliantly irreverent, blackly comic, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable tour de force.

Booktopia has The White Tiger, Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 by Aravind Adiga. Buy a discounted Paperback of The White Tiger online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

THE BLIND OWL is predominantly a love story, an unconventional love story that elicits visions and nightmare reveries from the depths of the reader's subconscious. A young man, an old man and a beautiful young girl perform, as if framed within a Persian miniature, a ritual of destruction as gradually the narrator, and the reader, discover the meaning hidden within the dreams.

Which Iranian greats can we expect the intelligentsia of Tehran to be reading across the coming months?

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