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Good Citizens Need Not Fear

by Maria Reva
edition: Hardcover
tagged: absurdist, cultural heritage, literary

"Bang-on brilliant." --Miriam Toews
"Luminous" --Yann Martel
"Outstanding." --Anthony Doerr
"Bright, funny, satirical and relevant. . . . A new talent to watch!" --Margaret Atwood (via Twitter)
This brilliant and bitingly funny novel-in-stories, set in and around a single crumbling apartment building in Soviet-era Ukraine, heralds the arrival of a …

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The Last News Vendor

by Michael Mirolla
edition: Paperback
tagged: literary, visionary & metaphysical, absurdist

A one-legged news vendor with a dilapidated newsstand. An exotic dancer with a penchant for witchcraft. An existentialist narrator who devises a plan to fade out of his own life in a subversive and comically absurd attempt at self-preservation, leaving his partner and two children with no memory of him.

Comparable only to Franz Kafka's The Metamorph …

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The Country Will Bring Us No Peace

by Matthieu Simard, translated by Pablo Strauss
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: small town & rural, literary, psychological

Simon and Marie can’t seem to have a baby. And so they flee the city for an idyllic village, where things will certainly be better. But the town is gloomy, even hostile -- things haven’t been the same since the factory closed down and a broadcast antenna was erected. Now there are no birds singing, and people have started disappearing.

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Days by Moonlight

narrator André Alexis
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
tagged: absurdist, literary, visionary & metaphysical

Almost a year to the date of his parents' death, botanist Alfred Homer, ever hopeful and constantly surprised, is invited on a road trip by his parents' friend Professor Morgan Bruno. Professor Bruno wants company as he tries to unearth the story of the mysterious and perhaps dead poet John Skennen. But Days by Moonlight is also a journey through a …

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King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties

A Collaboration Across Perceptions of Cognitive Difference

by Marcus Youssef & Niall McNeil, introduction by Al Etmanski
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, people with disabilities, playwriting, absurdist, coming of age

Among the first by a writer with Down syndrome, these two plays demonstrate an ability to riff and shift perspective, with disarming, hilarious, and occasionally heart-stopping results. Based on the iconic stories of King Arthur and Peter Pan, they are modern-day mash-ups that meld the fictional, the meta-fictional, and the real in ways that are c …

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Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow

by Jason Heroux
edition: Paperback
tagged: absurdist

In Jason Heroux's disquieting third novel, Owen lives an enjoyable suburban life with his wife, Lila, until a knock at the door brings him face-to-face with a past he didn't know he had. The sudden revelation forces him to reconsider where he's from, what he is, and where he's going. Owen finds himself on a non-stop rollercoaster ride of awareness …

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Don't Tell Me What to Do

by Dina Del Bucchia
edition: Paperback
tagged: absurdist, literary, short stories (single author)

An offbeat story collection about strange, imperfect people doing strange, imperfect things.

In poet Dina Del Bucchia's debut story collection, an older woman becomes obsessed with the state of her lawn, a pet architect jeopardizes her relationship with her wife over a wild bird, a cement mixer helps a woman fulfill her dreams, a former model become …

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Through the Sad Wood Our Corpses Will Hang

by Ava Farmehri
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: absurdist

At twenty, Sheyda Porrouya's life is almost over. Born in Iran on the day staunchly orthodox mullas declare the birth of the Islamic Republic, she is witness to their purging of the country of all things Western and un-Islamic. To make matters worse, as she matures, Sheyda seems increasingly unable to distinguish between fairy tale and reality. And …

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Everything Life Has to Offer

by Shari Kasman
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: short stories (single author), literary, absurdist

In this strangely endearing, wonderfully whimsical, and exquisitely hilarious collection of stories, life offers a free trip for two to Ethiopia and an imported cat, a pool of vegan gravy and an Internet Elvis wedding officiant, a confetti machine and a potentially life-changing hot tub. Everything Life Has to Offer is like nothing you've encounter …

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