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Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann - Book Review

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By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translated by), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811228725
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Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

Malina is life! Organic and visceral, Bachman paints a shattered portrait of an unnamed woman, and in reading this, I fell in love and became lost myself, as the narrator does, in the personas of this book. Mostly lost in the western world, Malina holds up to the greatest works in our western cannon. It's a dazzling spectacle of female identity that transcends gender constraints to become a truly sublime piece of fiction. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin Hägglund - Book Review

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781101870402
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Published: Pantheon - March 5th, 2019

This! A new philosophy for our time that's still rooted in the past. I burned through this book so fast I forgot it was 400 pages, I even reread passages I enjoyed, because it was so engaging and thought provoking. Anyone interested in Knausgård's My Struggle series will devour this. This is my new favorite philosophy book. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


A Devil Comes to Town by Paolo Maurensig - Book Review

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781642860139
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Published: World Editions - May 7th, 2019

A stranger comes to town, promising a village of writers the chance to see their work published--the dream--but the catch is he's the Devil, come to devour the souls of everyone you know and bring the town to ruin, and you're the only one who knows the truth. An old-world style folktale about mob mentality and the fear of evil that stems from human vulnerability. If you could kill the Devil, would you? ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Occult: The Ultimate Guide for Those Who Would Walk with the Gods by Colin Wilson - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781780288468
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Published: Watkins Publishing - November 24th, 2015

A blazing account of occultism through the ages and the many bizarre people--Dunglas Home, Aleister Crowley and William Blake--who populated it, and the most intriguing book on the subject I've read. Wilson 's air of mystery prose style is well researched and packed with enough detail to keep you reading on through it's massive page count. But it's so juicy that by the end you'll wish there was more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang - Book Review

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

A dark and intimate dream into a woman's physical and emotional transformation as told by those closest to her as they struggle through suppressing and succumbing to their own haunting desires. Kang weaves a poetic, sensual story of confusion, passion, and strength. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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