9 Books on Labyrinths or Crumb Trails

  • House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski – a family move into a house to discover it is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – a modern retelling of she who gave Theseus the secret of how to slay the minotaur and escape the labyrinth, and of what happens after he, the cad, abandons her on Naxos.
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – a building of infinite corridors, with statue-lined walls and its own weather system.
  • Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths by Charlotte Higgins – a labyrinthine exploration of the labyrinth.
  • The Archive of Alternate Endings by Lindsey Drager – tracks the evolution of Hansel and Gretel at seventy-five-year intervals that correspond with fly-bys from Halley’s Comet.
  • Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavić – an imaginary book of knowledge of the Khazars, a nomadic people who flourished in the area between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
  • The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges – fantastical mazes, puzzles and lost labyrinths.
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – a series of interlocking tales take the reader across time and space.
  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi – taking inspiration from Hansel and Gretel with themes of displacement, social-ineptitude and women who don’t quite fit in.

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