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Reading list for the isolated mind

Apr 18, 2020 - Elena Helfrecht

Now, in isolation, I turn even more towards art, sometimes as an escape, sometimes as a companion. Books have always been a safe place for me. Here I want to share some reading recommendations for this surreal time, which provide a wonderful distraction while fitting with the current mood and events. All of them are at the threshold between escapism and confrontation.



The Doll’s Alphabet, by Camilla Grudova


The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard


Der Steppenwolf & Siddhartha, both by Hermann Hesse
(recommended to be read in this order)


Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, by Walter Moers


Nothing, by Janne Teller


The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers


The Complete Tales of the Unexpected, by Roald Dahl


Uzumaki, by Junji Ito


The Black Hole, by Charles Burns


American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis