One of Ilo’s suggestions, this modern masterpiece is school reading across the Russian world. Essentially a massive surreal circus ride through Moscow, it features talking cats, magicans, Satan, flying lovelorn women, asylum inmates, assassins and a whole host of history’s deviants. A brief summary is Satan and his crew come to Moscow and cause havoc. It can be read many ways; Satan could be Stalin according to many. Its a long read and a good one. Confusing at times but ultimately satisfying.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Like CS Lewis and Tolkien, Lewis Carroll (pen name) must have been on mushrooms when he wrote this. Its bewildering and confusing, inventive and mystifying.
A fantastic read, a real rollicking adventure. I read it in two days.
Sahara: A History
I spotted this in the library after taking back my Bulgarian history book and thought why not! I love reading the histories of the cultures, countries and regions and this is a gap in my knowledge. What is clear from reading this is it remains a huge gap in historical knowledge and yet it still greatly informed me of the present conflicts and the past myths. Saying Sahara Desert means Desert Desert in Arabic and it used to be as green as Sri Lanka!
23 Things You Didn’t Know About Capitalism by Chang Ha-Joon
Ha Joon Chang rips into modern capitalism again dispelling many of the modern media mantra and a failing economic theory.