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THE CAFE IRREAL: INTERNATIONAL IMAGINATION, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen year ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Guide Dog Books (first published November 18th 2013)
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Nathanimal
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't remember when I discovered The Café Irreal exactly, but it was a very long time ago. It was before social media. I don't think I even used a search engine—I was lost in the wilds of Yahoo's directory system. My first time there I was introduced to some fantastic books, The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills, The Hundred Brothers by Donald Antrim, and what became one of my favorite books ever, The Unconsoled, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Later, when Kafka became deathly important to me, I visited T
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J.P. Mac
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
An anthology of short stories most strange, but that's the nature of irreal. Irreal is defined as "works of fiction in which physical reality reflects psychological reality in a manner that imitates the reality of a dream." Hence, the reader samples fragments both deeply personal and very international in their use of generally recognized symbols.

In these pages you'll encounter a doctor skilled at diagnosing love, the happenings in a town that caught a Minotaur, and a young man who receives a ne
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Peter
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For those interested in work outside the restrictive bounds of realism and for really smart essays that theorize and situate the irreal in the context of 20th and 21st century literature, this book is a rare gem!
Ben Arzate
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Keeping in line with the short attention span the internet encourages, the fiction in The Irreal Reader is very short. It’s unusual to see a story last more than five pages. Mind you, this isn’t a bad thing. Almost all of the stories benefit from their brevity.
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Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Weird and wonderful. Somewhere, Franz Kafka is turning pages, cackling and hugging himself with glee!
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