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Five Startling Reads

Posted 10th Jul 2018

‘Taut… dark, thrillerish story, ably translated by David Colmer, carries the pungent tang of authenticity’ – New Statesman

‘Bleak, hilarious, angry, ruthless… Hermans is as alarming as a snake in the breadbin… hugely entertaining’ – Scotsman

Written by one of the most prolific and versatile Dutch writers of the twentieth century, An Untouched House by Willem Frederik Hermans is a dazzling, dark and scorchingly violent story. To celebrate our first English publication of this classic war story, we’ve gathered together some more of the most startling novellas and short novels for you to sink your teeth into.

Such Small Hands

Called ‘as effective a ghost story as any I have read’ by Sarah Perry, this haunting story of Marina, a girl who arrives at an orphanage with her doll, also called Marina, after her parents’ death in a car crash, is the perfect bedtime story to keep readers awake. With Such Small Hands, Andrés Barba has created an instant classic in this curious and hyperreal exploration of childhood.

You Were Never Really Here

Adapted into a critically acclaimed film directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here is a blisteringly brilliant novella from Jonathan Ames, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons. Buy your copy from the Pushkin online shop here.

The End We Start From

Less shocking perhaps than others on this list, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter was first published in 2017 and is a startlingly beautiful story of motherhood and survival set in an imagine future as realistic as it is frightening. Benedict Cumberbatch has already snapped up the film rights!

The Third Man

A classic piece of storytelling from a master of the written word, The Third Man by Graham Greene is an atmospheric noir, oozing with suspense. Originally written as preparation for a screenplay, the film adaptation went on to be voted the greatest British film of all time in 1999 by the British Film Institute.

An Untouched House

And last but by no means least, An Untouched House itself. Called ‘bleak, hilarious, angry and ruthless’ by the Scotsman and underrated by Ian McEwan, this is a dazzling, dark and scorchingly violent war story, a modern classic to rival Catch 22 or The Lord of the Flies. You can order your copy of An Untouched House from the Pushkin online shop now!