The Library

The Library

3.69 (2,646 ratings by Goodreads)
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One of the most beloved "mosaic novels," The Library presents a series of tales centered on our love of books--taken, at times, to extremes. A writer encounters a website where all his possible future books are on display; a lonely man faces an infinite flow of hardback books through his mailbox; an ordinary library turns by night into an archive of souls; the Devil sets about raising standards of infernal literacy; one book houses all books; a connoisseur of hardcovers strives to expel a lone paperback from his collection.

Winner of the 2003 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 6mm | 109g
  • English
  • 490879314X
  • 9784908793141
  • 976,024

Review quote

Zivkovic explores and fantasises about the relationship between author, text, and reader--but where a lesser talent would slip into self-indulgence, Zivkovic combines authentic modesty and memorable imagery to create a set of worlds that linger in the reader's memory.
--Nicholas Whyte, Strange Horizons ...a cycle of six thematically linked stories, droll renditions of the nightmares ensuing upon misplaced, or (of course) excessive, bibliophilia. Zivkovic is, as ever, polished, and frighteningly intelligent; book-lovers will recognize intimately the frissons and frustrations he evokes.
--Nicholas Gevers, Locus Zivkovic piles invention on invention with unselfconscious ease.
--Peter Loftus, Interzone Like Jorge Luis Borges, he can create strange, alternate universes. Like David Lynch, he can balance menace and melancholy--be cruel and be funny at the same time.
--Richard Wallace, The Seattle Times
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2,646 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 23% (605)
4 37% (970)
3 29% (776)
2 9% (227)
1 3% (68)
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