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Dublin Murder Squad: mixing bold to the old

The term detective fiction is made of two words: detective + fiction. However, more often than not, the focus of such books lies on the first part, i.e. the mighty detective. Well, not always. In Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, the focus tilts towards the fiction part and that isn’t even the best part!

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To the land of budding book lovers

A few weeks back, I received a Whatsapp text. My Muscovite friend Katya, of whom I talk all the time in my Prochnost updates, was up to something awesome again. She had switched jobs recently and the ‘Kniga Worm‘ that she is (no literally!), she decided to get the kids in her new school excited about books by, get this, blogging about books!

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Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

“When it came to art, I only cared about content: what a work meant… I had come to believe that art must be disturbing, art must ask questions, art must predict the future. If art is just political, it becomes like newspaper. It can be used once, and the next day it’s yesterday’s news. Only layers of meaning can give long life to art — that way, society takes what it needs from the work over time.” Continue reading “Walk Through Walls: A Memoir”

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.”  Continue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”

Anna Karenina

“I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” Continue reading “Anna Karenina”

Wuthering Heights

“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

“This is when I understood that we can do without almost anything – our home, even our country. But we will never do without other people, and we will never do without family.”

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

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Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

“While a home provides shelter and a place to gather, it is also the safe place where we can express our feelings and enjoy some of the most important and meaningful events in our lives.”

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