Book of the week

07 Jan 2014 - 14:49

Welcome to the Home Page
for Mr Penumbra's
24-Hour Bookstore...

Come on into the world of Mr Penumbra, brought to you by author Robin Sloan; a world where where none of the customers ever seem to buy a book (an already worrying prospect to any publisher) but instead just borrow impossibly obscure volumes, perched perilously on dizzyingly high shelves.

The store must be a front for something larger, concludes Clay, a laid-off web-designer who has taken a job working the nightshift - and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his friends and embarked on a high-tech analysis of the customers' behaviour. What they discover is an ancient secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy guarded by the eccentric proprietor - Mr. Penumbra...

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By webmistress
08 Apr 2014 - 11:31


Meena Kandasamy's Home Page

The Novel:  Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. In the misery of...

Off the page
By SamR
26 Mar 2014 - 16:54

Ivan Klima, 'a writer of enormous power and originality' (The New York Times Book Review), has penned an intimate autobiography that explores his life under Nazi and Communist regimes. 

Below is an excerpt from My Crazy Century which details one of the many impacts of Communist rule on Klima's life:

Just after the leadership of the Writers’ Union was dissolved, every single one of our editors was fired during the summer of 1967. I had a meeting at the writers’ club with a German journalist. ( Journalists are always most interested in someone who has something scandalous going on around him.) He wanted to know if there had been an agreement among us before the writers’ congress and if I was worried I would be brought before a court or at least banned from publishing.

 'Brilliantly, wittily and poignantly told.'
Madeleine Albright  

He was surprised when I told him I didn’t think I’d be arrested, nor did I think I would have much trouble finding employment. He said he wished he...

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