Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ten top books about houses

Ben Highmore is the author of The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House. At the Guardian he tagged ten top books about houses, including:
The House of Stairs by Barbara Vine

Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine is brilliant at capturing the uncanniness of some houses. Freud wrote a famous essay on the uncanny and reminded us that the German word for the uncanny is literally translated as un-homely. For him what is unnerving about the uncanny is that this is strangeness found in familiar places. If you want a sense of that experience then read The House of Stairs.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue