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To introduce ARKET’s first selection of paperbacks, friends of the British publishing house Penguin Books recommend their favourite works from their Classics collection.

 

Impatience of the Heart starts with a simple error that gives rise to consequences that nobody could predict. Not only hugely exciting and funny in the way that it unfolds, it’s also a veiled portrait of the rise of fascism in Europe by one of 20th century Europe’s great writers’.

Recommended by   
Jessica Harrison, editor, Penguin Classics

 

‘Kafka’s Metamorphosis has been my gateway to critical thinking. This novel that tells of a salesman inexplicably transformed into a giant insect, offers readers the possibility to observe violent shifts in its characters’ perspectives and leads us to question our own points of view’.

Recommended by
Johanna Tagada, artist

‘This is the novel written by the teenage Françoise Sagan that scandalised 1950s France. Bonjour Tristesse is the shimmering, stylish story of Cécile over one hot summer. Life with her widowed father on the Riviera is carefree until he decides to remarry, with devastating consequences’.  

Recommended by
Jessica Harrison, editor, Penguin Classics

 

‘A book that is surreal, hilarious and moving – The Pumpkin Eater is both a fiery attack on the expectations on a 1960s housewife and a wry portrait of the times in which she finds herself, delivered with Penelope Mortimer’s razor-sharp wit’.

Recommended by
Jessica Harrison, editor, Penguin Classics

‘A frozen post-apocalyptic landscape is the setting for Ice – a mesmerising and brutal fantasy about one woman’s journey through a world falling apart and the panic-stricken narrator’s pursuit of her. Ice is unsettling and strange and a totally unique reading experience’.

Recommended by
Jessica Harrison, editor, Penguin Classics

 

‘The story of a French refugee taken in by a small puritanical Norwegian community, who years later (after a windfall) decides to prepare the villagers a decadent feast to repay their kindness. A book about a magical feast – this novella is full of warmth, and perfectly captures the restorative power of a good meal eaten in good company’.


Recommended by
Martin Berg, chef and concept developer, ARKET café

‘How I adored this deeply sensual and tragic story about the confusion and ambiguity of the very depths of human love; those desperate parts that we harbour deep within ourselves and all that might lie in wait on the other side of fear; if only we could get there’.


Recommended by
Yrsa Daley-Ward, poet

brand Penguin Classics

Founded by three brothers in 1935, London-based Penguin Books is the world’s most recognisable publishing brand and a pioneer of accessible, high-quality paperbacks. Penguin’s first line of books was launched with the mission to make great literature available to new and larger audiences. Sold at a democratically low price and through everyday outlets like newsagents, department stores and railway station kiosks, it revolutionised how and where books were read.

Penguin Classics was born in 1946 with the release of Homer’s Odyssey translated into modern and approachable English. Since its inception, the Classics series has been one of Penguin’s most important imprints and today it represents a global bookshelf of more than 1,800 works across genres and disciplines. Focusing on 20th-century writers from around the world, Penguin Modern Classics continues to redefine and reshape the ‘classics’ concept with an ever-evolving list of books.