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Novels that cut to the heart of our very existence.

Some novels offer distraction from the everyday. Others offer glimpses of improbable or impossible worlds. Others still give us vicarious experiences of romance, conflict or danger, which we’d almost certainly shy away from in real life. Then every now and then there is a novel that holds a mirror to our world and enlightens our reasons for being. Here are some of those novels.

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