fiction

How late it was, how late - James Kelman

"Literary vandalism" and "frankly, crap" was the high praise for Kelman's only Booker Prize winning novel, about Sammy, a middle aged man coming to terms with his blindness.

The dome sketch - omen

A three part comedy sketch very loosely inspired by the TV show Under the Dome.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Cover of a Fine Balance

Story set in Mumbai between 1975 and 1984 during a period of increased government power and crackdowns on civil liberties called 'The Emergency', looking at the changes in Indian society since independence.

Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon dramatises the Moscow show trials and the elimination of the Bolshevik old guard by "No.1" In the Fatherland of Revolution. Told primarily from the point of view of N.S. Rubashov a fictitious merging of real Bolsheviks known to Koestler

The Good Soldier Švejk - Jaroslav Hašek

The Good Soldier Svejk - Jaroslav Hasek

Satirical anti-war novel in which the absurdity and hypocrisy of the military, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the church are repeatedly revealed through the main character's enthusiasm for obeying authority.

The case of comrade Tulayev - Victor Serge

Forced labourers at work under Stalin

Masterful fictionalisation of the purges and how they affected the various character types in the political upheaval of Stalinist Russia.

The day before the revolution - Ursula Le Guin

The day before the revolution - Ursula Le Guin

A prequel of sorts to the novel the dispossessed.

The insurrectionist - Jules Vallès

Rare, out-of-print English translation of a novel about the Paris Commune (1871) and aftermath by a communard, Jules Vallès (1832-1885), more famous for his novel The Child. The French original is also attached.

Four ways to forgiveness - Ursula Le Guin

At the far end of our universe, on the twin planets of Werel and Yeowe, all humankind is divided into "assets" and "owners," tradition and liberation are at war, and freedom takes many forms. Here is a society as complex and troubled as any on our world, peopled with unforgettable characters struggling to become fully human. For the disgraced revolutionary Abberkam, the callow "space brat" Solly, the haughty soldier Teyeo, and the Ekumen historian and Hainish exile Havzhiva, freedom and duty both begin in the heart, and success as well as failure has its costs.