Fiction – Recommended Titles

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Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino This title enchants stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures. They disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydrogen atoms – and have time for a love life. ‘Naturally, we were all there, – old Qfwfq said, – where else could we have been? Nobody knew then that there could be space. Or time either: what use did we have for time, packed in there like sardines?’



Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is inspired by the process of creating a library for the author’s fifteenth-century  home near the Loire, in France. ‘Libraries’, he says, ‘have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember I’ve been seduced by their labyrinthine logic’. In this personal, deliberately unsystematic, and wide-ranging book, he offers a captivating meditation on the meaning of libraries. Manguel, a guide of irrepressible enthusiasm, conducts a unique library tour that extends from his childhood bookshelves to the “complete” libraries of the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google.


goelmGolem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker is the magical story of Chava, who is a golem, a creature made of clay and Ahmad, who is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.



9781938875014Forbidden Book by Joscelyn Godwin & Guido Mina di Sospiro delves deep into esoteric knowledge and practice, thanks to Guido Mina di Sospiro’s extensive knowledge of Catholicism and Joscelyn Godwin’s authoritative studies of the western esoteric tradition. Underlying the fast-paced action, the reader will find a profound treatment of moral and political dilemmas, the conflict of religions and the frightening possibilities of the occult.



lady_cyclistA Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home.


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