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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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VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:16 GMT
Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz 
VIDEO: A look at the scale of the 2004 tsunami  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:58:05 GMT
The BBC takes a closer look at the scale of one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history - the tsunami of 2004 
Picture power: Abandoned on the border  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:29:40 GMT
Photographer Murad Sezer explains why he shot an abandoned baby's cradle on the Syrian Turkish border. 
VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:46:37 GMT
The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside. 
Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:45:02 GMT
A massive €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes brings joy to thousands in Spain's famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) lottery. 
Argentine court grants rights to ape  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:05:08 GMT
A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans. 
VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:10:00 GMT
The latest international business headlines from BBC World News. 
VIDEO: Who wants to send the Christmas mail?  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:12:53 GMT
The Royal Mail signed up 19,000 seasonal workers this year to help out at Christmas. BBC News went to meet some of them. 
Jail over Silk Road bitcoin deals  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:53:10 GMT
Bitcoin trader Charlie Shrem has been sentenced to two years in jail for indirectly helping people swap cash for bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace. 
Hack causes 'damage' at steel works  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:01:52 GMT
A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered "massive damage" following a cyber attack on the plant's network, says a report. 
North Korea threatens US over Sony  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:54:02 GMT
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks. 
Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:10:27 GMT
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London. 
Scientists attack student exit plan  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:44:54 GMT
Home Secretary Theresa May's plan to expel foreign graduates draws criticism from the scientific community. 
Big cat trade from Burma to China up  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:16 GMT
A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing. 
NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:22:04 GMT
A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says. 
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