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Hurts Takeover Week: Books

All this week, it’s Hurts takeover week on PlanetNotion. We interviewed the dynamic duo for Notion 062′s cover and they’ve put together a series of their influences for your delectation. First up, it’s books.

1. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

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An existential novel that takes place mainly in Prague in the late 60s and 70s that explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society during the Communist period.

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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A post apocalyptic tale of a journey of a father and his son across a landscape devoid of human life and civilisation after an unknown cataclysmic disaster. A deeply emotional exploration of life, relationships and family which has recently been adapted into a film starring Viggo Mortensen.

3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

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Graphically violent and explicitly sexual transgressional and postmodern novel told in the first person voice of a serial killer. A book that fluctuates between rave reviews and stringent censorship – not one to read alone at night.

4. The Story Of O by Pauline Réage

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The French indulge in eroticism best, and this Sadean novel, a tale of female submission and objectification, likely exemplifies this.

5. The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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One of the foremost Soviet satires directed against a suffocatingly bureaucratic social order sees the Devil visit a expressly atheistic Soviet Union. A Faustian reimagining that contains fantasy, slapstick alongside deep philosophical allegory.

6. Friction by Joe Stretch

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A near contemporary sexual satire produced by interweaving four seperate stories in Manchester. Scenes to make you squirm as well as laugh, an expose of the pornography of everyday life.

7. House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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As interesting in its formatting and layout as for its multiple voices and disorientating narrative, House of Leaves falls into such diverse genres as love stories and horror. Described by some as ‘a satire of academic criticism’, it is a definitively postmodern work if ever there was one.

8. Crash by J.G Ballard

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Told through the eyes of a narrator, whose name is the same as that of the author, Crash tells of a alienated group of people who experience symphorophilia, more simply known as car-crash sexual fetishism… Indeed.

9. Eunoia by Christian Bök

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A fascinating exploration of the power of language that took Bok seven years to write after five readings of the dictionary. Comprised of only five chapters, each uses a different vowel and only one vowel which allows Bok to explore their individual personalities and qualities.

10. Black Coffee Blues – Henry Rollins

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A collection of writings across poetry and prose that are essentially a publication of his own journal. Real gems of brilliance that you can take with you anywhere, anytime and find something profound within it.

- Allana Isaacs



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