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Benjamin S. Farmer

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Lives on a sofa. Books stacked one side. Laptop on the other. Occasionally, books and laptop mingle in his mind and a third is born: 'The Anonymous City.'

The Anonymous City

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H.P. Lovecraft, Mikhail Bulgakov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bruno Schulz, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Joseph Conrad, Comte De Lautremont, J.K. Huysmans, Francoise Sagan, Daniel Paul Schreiber, Octave Mirbeau, John Fowles, Georges Bataille, Aldous Huxley, Lewis Carroll] Ramsey Campbell, Roberto Bolano, Haruki Murakami, Jean Paul Satre


Benjamin S. Farmer: Q+A The Anonymous City


For those that haven’t read the book, what is it about?

It’s about a young woman named Alex, who self-harms. She has created a place in her head where she goes to hide from the realities of ‘normal’ life which she calls the Castle, or The Anonymous City. At first this seems to work well, but unfortunately for her it then all goes wrong.


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Average rating: 4.10 · 10 ratings · 7 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
The Anonymous City
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Anonymous City by Benjamin S. Farmer
" The Anonymous CityBenjamin S. FarmerI enjoyed this book, it was very mind bending and i was constantly trying to figure it out. At times it did get a bit too "messy" and complicated but it cleared itself up nicely and was a pleasure to read " Read more of this review »
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" William H. Gass's The Tunnel is a paradox. A celebration of literature and an anti-novel.

From a simple narrative idea Gass creates a complicated internal odyssey; both life affirming and despair inducing. A classic David Foster Wallace double bind... " Read more of this review »
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Being William Kohler.

The Tunnel is a sort of portal through which we enter into the head of one William Frederick Kohler. We poke around in his memories and his thoughts, exploring all the little twists and turns of his mind. The question of how... " Read more of this review »
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“From my own novel.


Because in the City, you know there is nothing else, it is a place without roads, without real people, without life. Just an abandoned wreck; desolate; isolated; unloved. Somewhere you go when there is no more life inside of you, when you have no choice, no . . . desire, no personality. It’s a place where you go to die, and after you’re dead, your body is left to rot, and get blown by the wind into nothing, and there is no heaven, no hell, just earth and dust, and insects crawling over your bleached bones . . . it’s bliss.”
Benjamin S. Farmer

“Books are finite, sexual encounters are finite, but the desire to read and to fuck is infinite; it surpasses our own deaths, our fears, our hopes for peace.”
Roberto Bolaño

“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

“From my own novel.


Because in the City, you know there is nothing else, it is a place without roads, without real people, without life. Just an abandoned wreck; desolate; isolated; unloved. Somewhere you go when there is no more life inside of you, when you have no choice, no . . . desire, no personality. It’s a place where you go to die, and after you’re dead, your body is left to rot, and get blown by the wind into nothing, and there is no heaven, no hell, just earth and dust, and insects crawling over your bleached bones . . . it’s bliss.”
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