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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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Person held after Edinburgh incident  Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:40:16 GMT
A person has been detained by police after an incident in central Edinburgh which led to part of the city being cordoned off. 
'Record number' of low-paid Britons  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:00:43 GMT
A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, a rise of 250,000 in the last year, research from a left-of-centre think tank suggests. 
Labour row: Salmond blames Miliband  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:10:14 GMT
Ed Miliband is to blame for Johann Lamont quitting as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Alex Salmond has claimed. 
Day in pictures: 23 October  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:21 GMT
24 hours of news images: 23 October 
In pictures: Ottawa shootings  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:13 GMT
Images from outside the Canadian parliament 
In pictures: India celebrates Diwali  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:27:42 GMT
Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival 
Day in pictures: 21 October  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:53 GMT
24 hours of news images: 21 October 
What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:56:22 GMT
What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites 
In pictures: Derry in 1969  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:36:19 GMT
Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron 
Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:12:36 GMT
Actress Lynda Bellingham's career on screen 
In pictures: Kashmir floods aftermath  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:33:55 GMT
Aftermath of worst flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir 
What's the appeal of a caliphate?  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:05:58 GMT
Why the idea of a single Muslim state keeps coming back 
What's been lurking in the Baltic Sea?  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:05:02 GMT
What's been lurking beneath the waves in the Baltic Sea? 
In pictures: Feline focus  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:39 GMT
Online exhibition celebrates the photography of cats 
Jose Mujica: Rebel turned president  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:23:29 GMT
A look back at Jose Mujica's time as president