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Deeply Strange

“What is the most deeply strange (in a good way) book you’ve ever read?”

That was the precise question posed recently on Twitter by writer Nick Arvin (Mad Boy, Articles of War, The Reconstructionist, In the Electric Eden).

Nick received a startling flood of replies. (Check the original tweet here.)

I am listing them here. At least, most of them. I might have missed a few.

A few familiar names surfaced.

However most (to me) were not.

“Deeply strange,” obviously, means different things to different readers.

But I found the list inspiring. The titles jolted me out and beyond the normal flow of promotions on social media and what you typically spot when you walk into a bookstore.

Look up any of these books and read the descriptions and the ideas behind them. There is truly no shortage to the human imagination.  I’ve loaded a few covers at the end for additional enticement.

By the way, follow Nick: @NickArvin

  1. A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  2. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  3. A Maggot by John Fowles
  4. After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
  5. Amelie Nothumb or Bohumil Hrabal
  6. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
  7. Antwerp by Roberto Bolaño
  8. Atonement by Gaetan Soucy
  9. Bear by Marian Engel
  10. Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker
  11. Bunny Modern by David Bowman
  12. Butchers Crossing by John Williams
  13. Can You Feel Anything When I Do This by Robert Sheckley
  14. Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry by B.S. Johnson
  15. Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
  16. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  17. Comemadre by Roque Larrequy
  18. Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
  19. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  20. V. by Diana Vreeland
  21. Darkness Visible by William Golding
  22. Day of the Oporichnik by Vladimir Sorokin
  23. Death in Spring by Mercè Rodoreda
  24. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
  25. Disturbance by Jamie O’Neill
  26. Einstein’s Dream by Alan Lightman
  27. Fantastic Beasts by Priya Sharma
  28. First Bad Man by Miranda July
  29. Frisk by Dennis Cooper
  30. Fuel Injected Dreams by James Robert Baker
  31. Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
  32. Going Native by Stephen Wright
  33. Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo
  34. Hard Boiled Wonderland by Haruki Murakami
  35. Hash by Torgny Lindgren
  36. Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey
  37. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  38. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  39. Ice by Anna Kavan
  40. Ice Triology by Vladimir Sorokin
  41. Iceland by Jim Krusoe
  42. In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods by Matt Bell
  43. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  44. Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
  45. John Dies at the End by David Wong
  46. Kimberly’s Capital Punishment by Richard Milward
  47. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
  48. Let the Dog Drive by David Bowman
  49. Lilith by George MacDonald
  50. Little, Big by John Crowley
  51. Midnight by Julian Green
  52. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
  53. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
  54. Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño
  55. Nysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
  56. Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey
  57. On Such A Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
  58. On the Run with Mary by Jonathan Barrow
  59. Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
  60. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  61. Peru by Gordon Lish
  62. Pitch Dark by Renata Adler
  63. Plumed Serpent by DH Lawrence
  64. Randall by Jonathan Gibbs
  65. Rene’s Flesh by Virgilio Piñera
  66. Ridley Walker by Russell Hoban
  67. Rubicon Beach by Steve Erickson
  68. Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Viktor Pelevin
  69. Schroedinger’s Cat by Robert Anton Wilson
  70. Secret Rendezvous by Kobo Abe
  71. Shopping Cart Soldiers by John Mulligan
  72. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
  73. The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
  74. The Balloonist by MacDonald Harris
  75. The Baron in the Tress by Italo Calvino
  76. The Black Insider by Dambudzo Marechera
  77. The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
  78. The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
  79. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
  80. The Box Man by Kobo Abe
  81. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  82. The Call by Yannick Murphy
  83. The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
  84. The City and The City by China Mieville
  85. The Day Room by Don DeLillo
  86. The Education of Arnold Hitler by Marc Estrin
  87. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  88. The End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  89. The Exquisite Corpse by Alfred Chester
  90. The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken
  91. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  92. The Glamour by Christopher Priest
  93. The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
  94. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
  95. The House of Breath by William Goyen
  96. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (a.k.a. The War of Dreams) by Angela Carter
  97. The Interrogative Mood by Padget Powell
  98. The Magician by Somerset Maugham
  99. The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
  100. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  101. The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch
  102. The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich
  103. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
  104. The Paratwa Trilogy by Christopher Hinz
  105. The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
  106. The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
  107. The People of Paper by Salvador Plasencia
  108. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
  109. The Safety of Objects by A.M. Holmes
  110. The Separation by Christopher Priest
  111. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
  112. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
  113. The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout
  114. The Third Policeman by Brian O’Nolan
  115. The Thought Gang by Tibor Fischer
  116. The Time of the Angels by Iris Murdoch
  117. The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce
  118. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
  119. The Unlimited Dream Company by JG Ballard.
  120. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  121. The Vets Daughter by Barbara Comyns
  122. The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
  123. The Whistling Song by Stephen Beachy
  124. The Witch Cult in Western Europe by Margaret Murray
  125. Tlooth by Harry Mathews
  126. Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson
  127. Viriconium Trilogy by M. John Harrison
  128. White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  129. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns
  130. Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
  131. Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  132. Year Zero by Robert Reid