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Postmodern Fiction

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Fahrehheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrehheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness.

Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

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A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess

A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess

Fifteen - year - old Alex doesn't just like ultra - violence - he also enjoys rape, drugs and Beethoven's 9th. He and his gang rampage through a dystopian future, hunting for terrible thrills. But when Alex finds himself at the mercy of the state and subject to the ministrations of Dr Brodsky, the government psychologist, he finds that fun is no longer the order of the day.

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Naked lunch : the restored text by William Burroughs

Naked lunch : the restored text by William Burroughs

A landmark of literature and possibly the most shocking novel in the English language, Naked lunch is an exhilarating ride into the darkest recesses of the human psyche, told with wit and humour by Bill Lee, an Ivy League-educated narcotics addict, it is the story of his flight south from New York to the drug-and-sex-soaked retreat in Tangiers where ambiguous good and enticing evil vie for the human soul. Welcome to interzone...this is a masterpiece of modern literature by the godfather of the Beat writers: as provocative and mordantly funny today as it was in 1959.

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If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino

If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But alas there is a printer's error in your copy. You take it back to the shop and get a replacement. But the replacement seems to be a totally different story. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary and a quest. But the real hero is you, the reader.

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The stranger by Albert Camus

The stranger by Albert Camus

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd."

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White noise by Don DeLillo

White noise by Don DeLillo

White noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultramodern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an "airborne toxic event," a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladneys - radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings - pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.

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Eye in the sky by Philip K. Dick

Eye in the sky by Philip K. Dick

An ordinary laboratory visit turns into a a bizarre and apocalyptic experience when an accident plunges the visitors into different worlds constructed from their deepest dreams and fears. As work goes on to free them from the wreckage, their minds begin an incredible journey through one fantastic shared world after another.

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The name of the rose by Umberto Eco

The name of the rose by Umberto Eco

Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where extraordinary things are happening under the cover of night.

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The virgin suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The virgin suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.

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The Eyre affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre affair by Jasper Fforde

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.