Guest Column: Three Books You Need To Read By Ancst’s Torsten

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In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry written by Ancst leader Torsten.

“Potsdamer Platz” by Buddy Giovinazzo
This pulp fiction takes place in Berlin’s mid 1990s and tells the story of a hired mobster, who gets lost in a vortex of violence, betrayal and perversion. Buddy Giovinazzo is known for his abillity in creating nihilistic pieces, just like “Combat Shock,” and this is exactly what he does in “Potsdamer Platz,” too.

His lyrical instruments are able to create a cynical, blood-soaked and grim look Berlin’s underworld and the settings around one of Berlin’s most important construction site are even more visible, if you’ve ever been able to spend some time in this town (street names, districts, etc.).

I don’t want to spoil too much. Just put some trust in me instead.

This, I recommend.

“Days Of War, Nights Of Love” from CrimethInc. Collective
I really like this book. I like the DIY Artwork, i like the things they write about and the way the write about these things. For those who don’t know, the CrimethInc. Collective is an anarchist group and has released plenty of magazines, books, fanzines and DVDs.

“Days Of War, Nights Of Love” represents some of those peoples’ perspectives in a very powerful, passionate and sometimes even poetic way, offering critical questions, ideas and alternatives in this neverending chaos of our urban lives.

F is for Freedom.

“The Pledge” by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
This one’s a classic piece in literature.

It is split into a frame story and a story-within-the-story, which leads us right into the downfall of a swiss police inspector, who’s driven into his personal doom, when he fails in catching a serial killer. Friedrich Dürrenmatt poses questions about guilt, atonement and vigilante justice in this book, but he never loses touch to this very present ironic undertones, which make this book an even better read.

It’s kind of short, though.

Nevertheless, you should also watch Sean Penn’s interpretation of this theme. It’s fucking intense.

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