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Dream Story

Arthur Schnitzler, Dream Story (1926), trans. J. M. Q. Davies

What it’s about: Vienna, the 1920s. Fridolin is a doctor living a comfortable middle-class life with his wife Albertine and their young daughter. 2,030 more words

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) 

What it’s about: London, the 1890s. The artist Basil Hallward completes a portrait of Dorian Gray a beautiful young man with whom he has become infatuated. 1,482 more words

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Venus in Furs

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs (1870), trans. Joachim Neugroschel

What it’s about: Galicia, the late 19th century.  The unnamed male narrator dreams of being visited by a beautiful woman in a fur coat, who debates with him about the sexual power of women over men. 1,920 more words

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Empire of the Sun

J. G. Ballard, Empire of the Sun (1984)

What it’s about: Shanghai, 1941. Jim, a young English boy lives a life of luxury with his parents in the British expatriate settlement in Shanghai. 1,886 more words

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Death in Venice

Thomas Mann, Death in Venice (1912), trans. David Luke

What it’s about: Gustave von Aschenbach, a respected and successful writer, widowed and in his mid-50s, has recently been appointed to the German nobility. 1,587 more words

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

What it’s about: Set in a post-atomic American society in which books are banned, Guy Montag lives as a “fireman”, employed to burn books and the possessions of those who read or harbour them. 1,342 more words

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The City and the Pillar

Gore Vidal, The City and the Pillar (1948)

What it’s about: America, the late 1930s. Jim Willard, a handsome high school student from a middle-class family in Virginia, falls in love with his best friend Bob. 1,993 more words

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