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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

World News From BBC

Tesco boss to quit over profits error  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:30:21 GMT
Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent will leave the firm after the company announced a bigger-than-forecast hole in its profits. 
'Anti-extremism' school code shelved  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:56:22 GMT
The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns. 
In pictures: Ottawa shootings  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:13 GMT
Images from outside the Canadian parliament 
Day in pictures: 21 October  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:53 GMT
24 hours of news images: 21 October 
What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:56:22 GMT
What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites 
In pictures: Derry in 1969  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:36:19 GMT
Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron 
Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:12:36 GMT
Actress Lynda Bellingham's career on screen 
Day in pictures: 20 October  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:03:45 GMT
24 hours of news images: 20 October 
In pictures: Kashmir floods aftermath  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:33:55 GMT
Aftermath of worst flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir 
Week in pictures: 11-17 October 2014  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:11:33 GMT
News photos from around the world 
Reclaiming the swastika  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:03:34 GMT
How the world loved the swastika - until Hitler stole it 
US seniors face student loan debt  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:29:15 GMT
Some US seniors are still paying off student loans 
What's lurking in Sweden's waters?  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:48:33 GMT
What is lurking in Sweden's waters? 
Six surprising Ebola numbers  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:29:30 GMT
Six surprising numbers from the fight against the epidemic 
Photos capture beauty of Greenland  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:05:00 GMT
Australian photographer explores Greenland's vast ice sheet