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Originally published May 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM | Page modified May 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

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Shelf Talk | Cult classics: nightmare visions

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Dystopian fiction is all the rage at the moment, but grim visions of the world as it might become, or as it already is, are nothing new. Here are some masterful views of our world glimpsed through a glass darkly that are perennially popular with our readers, and with good reason.

Bulgakov, Mikhail
The Master and Margarita
The devil and his talking cat come to Moscow and find themselves right at home. Hilarious, beguiling and mind-bending, this surreal satire is a book like no other.

Burgess, Anthony
A Clockwork Orange
The lowest kind of ultraviolent filth, young Alex fulfills all our worst fears of a sick society. But is the cure worse than the disease?

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