My avatar and name comes from one of hungry's favourite books (and mine), Nine Princes in Amber.
Aubrey/Maturin series (the 'Master and Commander' movie)
Blood Meridian and The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Emil Sinclair is a young boy raised in a middle class home, amidst what is described as a Scheinwelt, a play on words meaning "world of light" as well as "world of illusion". Sinclair's entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds: the show world of illusion (related to the Hindu concept of maya) and the real world, the world of spiritual truth. Accompanied and prompted by his mysterious classmate and friend 'Max Demian', he detaches from and revolts against the superficial ideals of the world of appearances and eventually awakens into a realization of self.
And I love the other Dostoevsky "The Brothers Karamazov", an interesting treatise on existentialism and Satanism. That's the way I saw it at least.