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10 Unusual Books That Will Change Your Brain

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There are complicated books. There are simple books. And there are those who capture you, drag you after the characters into the dark labyrinths of consciousness, grind, change beyond recognition. These are charade books that deceive readers’ expectations and force them to leave their comfort zone.

We have collected ten books for those who are not afraid to open themselves up from a new perspective. We do warn you: no one will remain the same.

“Never Let Me Go”

by Kazuo Ishiguro

A modern parable, a fantastic story with a shivering, absolutely realistic plot – Ishiguro’s story will not let you go. It’s about people, whose sad fate is not chosen by them and is known in advance. They know what they live for. They know what they will die for. And still they continue on their way. This is one of the most poignant stories of mercy and inhumanity.

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by Ian McEwan

A famous neurosurgeon Henry Perone is quite happy with his life: his career is doing great, and he has a wonderful family. But one ordinary Saturday morning changes everything: a chain of accidents leads to unpredictable events. The measured narration turns into an action-packed thriller, and then, suddenly turns into a philosophical parable.

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“Fight Club”

by Chuck Palahniuk

This is the most amazing and most scandalous book of the 1990s. The book, in which the mouth of Chuck Palahniuk spoke not just “generation X”, but “generation X” that is already embittered, already lost their illusions. This is the last desperate attempt to be free. “Resurrection is possible only after complete self-destruction. Only by losing everything, we gain freedom. “

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“Slow Man”

by J. M. Coetzee

As a result of a car accident, photographer Paul Reyment has his leg amputated and his life changes dramatically. Paul refuses the prosthesis and returns from the hospital to his bachelor apartment, becoming completely dependent on strangers. This book is about the world and man, about time and fate, about eternal problems that cannot be dismissed as an annoying fly.

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“Cloud Atlas”

by David Mitchell

Mitchell’s novel cannot be swallowed in a hurry. It should be enjoyed as an incredible symphony, the perfect harmony of six instruments, six lives of one soul. This is a book that everyone will understand in their own way — it is like a mosaic from which different people put together completely different pictures. Magic? Without a doubt. The magic of the word in its purest form.

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“What I Loved”

by Siri Hustvedt

This is not just a novel, it is a fragile and thin web of memories. New York art professor Leo Herzberg recalls his life and many years of friendship with the artist Bill Wexler. Love interests, marriages, divorces, growing children, and tragic events — dynamics and lyrics are intertwined in this book. The author plays an elegant game with the reader. The pleasure is guaranteed.

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“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

by Mark Haddon

Christopher Boone is fifteen and autistic. He knows mathematics, and he does not know people at all. He hates being touched, hates certain colors, and has never walked beyond the end of his street. But he has an investigation that will force him to go far beyond his own world.

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“Double Pa”

by Jose Saramago

Saramago’s prose is thick, dense and rich. This is a story of a teacher who once noticed his double on the film and decided to find him at all costs, turns out to be a variation on the theme of finding and understanding oneself in the world. Of course, this story is not as simple as it seems at first glance – you will see this as soon as you start reading.

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Under Fire: The Story of a Squad

by Henri Barbusse

This is perhaps one of the most honest and poignant war novels. There is no romance and poetry in it — only an evil, cynical truth that burns hands and face with fire. The truth is that war is dirt, stench, pain, death. One would like to throw this book away and at the same time remember it forever — its author speaks so simply and frankly about what others are silent about.

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“The Story of Lucy Gault”

by William Trevor

The Gault couple is forced to leave their home in Ireland and go into a long exile. But their nine-year-old daughter, who, by a tragic coincidence of circumstances, is considered by her parents to be drowned, remains in her native land. In the end, it is a touchingly sad story of a lost girl — or a whole lost family, or a lot of lost people — once again reminds of how important it is to take care of loved ones and not lose yourself.

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