A Life in Books

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Often I wouldn’t be able to keep up, like with Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, but it made it feel like a whole new world of books had been opened up to me, dangerous and menacing and completely appealing to my teenage self. A rite of passage, similar to my first time drinking or my first time doing acid, except this was one that I could be proud of.

Over at BuzzFeed Books, Rumpus co-owner Isaac Fitzgerald recalls books that have served as landmarks for unforgettable events and feelings at different points in his life.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →