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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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RAC urges parking funds transparency  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:05:44 GMT
Councils should show where they are spending the money they raise on parking fees as motorists see higher charges, says the RAC. 
Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:19 GMT
News photos from around the world 
A community's tales  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:56:05 GMT
Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir 
Day in pictures: 25 July 2014  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:50:49 GMT
24 hours of news photos: 25 July 
'Hidden' photos reveal library build  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:44:32 GMT
'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library 
Your pictures: Cycling  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:53 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "cycling" 
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:09 GMT
Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US 
Taiwan plane crash: In pictures  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:50:20 GMT
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan 
Prince George's first year  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:37:31 GMT
Prince George's first year 
No place to hide for children of war  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:09:45 GMT
Lyse Doucet on the plight of children in Syria and Gaza 
Germany's super-shy super-rich  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT
Why do Germany's super-rich so often keep their heads down? 
Cartoonist's view of war and peace in Afghanistan  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:44:19 GMT
A cartoonist's view of war and peace in Afghanistan 
Is India's politics becoming less dynastic?  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:47:40 GMT
Is India's politics becoming less dynastic? 
Ethiopian mother angry over murdered son  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:41:35 GMT
An Ethiopian mother's disbelief at violent student crackdown 
The bakery in the middle of a desert  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:16 GMT
Why two Spanish sisters started a bakery in a desert