Friday, 13 July 2012


Holiday reading right here, the Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and Everything is Illuminated. I went into the shop with quite a long list, including the incredible lightness of being, man walks into a room, the valley of the dolls, but couldn't find any of them, so this is what I ended up with. The Angela Carter book, I have been wanting for about half a year now, seems like the perfect mix of weird and fairytale gone wrong, the other one, I heard about after having read a few Nicole Krauss books - some of the most interesting peices of literature, ever. I'll copy and paste the blurbs(?!) below, but I'm hoping these will be two good, interesting reads.

Angela Carter's "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman" was published in 1972, and is a magical, satirical adventure. Desiderio is stricken with love for Albertina, a woman he sees only in his dreams. He must also battle against Doctor Hoffman and his mysterious machines, as they bend time and space to turn Desiderio's city into a nightmare of lust, insanity and crime. But the evil Doctor is also Albertina's father...

 A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive - a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down.


  1. Ooh sounds good! I'm putting them on my "to read" list!

  2. Just finished the angela carter one, if you can ignore the insane weirdness of some of it, it's pretty deep, and confusing. Re reading theories atm of how time works and such ~ its crazy! X