Books to read this summer

• Books to read this summer

Traveling as a way to understand yourself, the seams on the toes as a sign of the impermanence of the world - highlights some of the new books this month.

Books to read this summer

"Down with the shame," Figl-Migl

The author begins the book with the manifesto, which calls itself "modernist with a human face". It is no coincidence: aphoristic and difficult novel arranged with endless references to literary works - from Andrew White to Victor Pelevin - fondly talks about humans and human passions. The action takes place in the post-Soviet St. Petersburg in an altered reality where "Imperial patrol" and "democratic control", the KGB and the conspirators are fighting with each other.

"Ball in the Kremlin," Curzio Malaparte

One of the most famous and controversial Italian writers of the twentieth century, Curzio Malaparte in 1929, visited Moscow. And he proceeded to the novel about "the highest Marxist Moscow aristocracy," as he called himself a writer. "Ball in the Kremlin" has not been completed, but extant manuscript read interesting. Officials, military officers, socialites, a sense of impending fate - sometimes in prose Malaparte slips something Bulgakov.

"Strange stories," Olga Tokarczuk

In marked contrast to the Man Booker International Prize "Runners" by the same author - a collection of short stories and essays, united travel theme and a common story - stories in "outlandish stories" are led to a common denominator only a unique view of the author. Tokarczuk points to the vulnerability of the human - spiritual and carnal, talking about simple things. Thus, the history of home-canned reveals the conflict of generations, and from the observation of the seams on the toes grows alarm about a changing world.

"By the River", Olivia Laing

After the success of "Lonely town" on the Russian translated the second book writer. A genre in which he wrote Laing, can be described as "cultural pilgrimage": the narrator in a state of mental disorder on a journey along the River Ouse - the same one in which Virginia Woolf drowned herself. This reflective and meditative prose, full of techniques of classical English literature and flowing against the background of the British landscape.

"Euphoria", Lily King

Based on a true story. Three anthropologist sent to New Guinea to study Aboriginal and forest casually learn a lot about themselves: between scientists tied a complicated relationship. Placing a Western man in the unknown and incomprehensible to him the world, Lily King speaks about the human experience of civilization and its restrictions, orders difference and brings to the surface what is hidden in the depths of ourselves.