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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

For more offbeat phantasmagoria, try these…

The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien for mind-bending, murderous and absurd happenings in rural Ireland 

Heartsnatcher by Boris Vian for the strange interplay of religion, family and psychology in a wildly capricious village

The Golem by Gustav Meyrink for a creature of ancient religious myth returning to wreak havoc on rational minds

How The Dead Live by Will Self for the London beyond, a Zone 1-4 travel card of spooks and purgatory

This post was guest edited by author Andrew J. Lambie. His first novel, A Carnival of the Flesh, is out now in a gorgeous cloth-bound first edition.

Man is firmly convinced that he is awake; in reality he is caught in a net of sleep and dreams which he has unconsciously woven himself.

monolithrules said:

Thanks for recommending "Demian" to me, I went out today and bought it and I read it too, it's definitely my kind. Reminds me of Meyrink's works somewhat.

Thank you for the message. I’m very happy whenever I can introduce someone to something spiritually good in the world. “The Glass Bead Game” (Magister Ludi), “Narcissus and Goldman”, collected stories in “Strange News From Another Star” (same year as Demian) are great too. I’m a Gustav Meyrink fan as well, especially his “The Golem” !

Read the sacred writings of all the peoples on Earth. Through all of them runs, like a red thread, the hidden Science of attaining and maintaining wakefulness.
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