Historical fiction genre books (46)


1.

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers : Stories by Yiyun Li EN

Rating: 4     11 Votes
Country: Asia / China flag China
Description:
Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose. “Immortality,” winner of ... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

2.

Alamut by Vladimir Bartol EN

Rating: 4     10 Votes
Country: Europe / Slovenia flag Slovenia
Description:
Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self-proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant plan to rule the region with a handful of elite fighters who are to become his "living daggers." By creating a virtual paradise at Alamut, filled with beautiful women, lush gardens, wine and hashish, Sabbah is able to convince his young fighters that they can reach paradise if they follow his commands. With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut tells the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army... continue

3.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai EN

Rating: 3.5     116 Votes
Country: Asia / China flag China
Description:
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two boys are sent to the country for reeducation, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western literature.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

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Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan EN

Rating: 3.5     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Indonesia flag Indonesia
Description:
The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

5.

Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Philippines flag Philippines
Description:
Moving, sexy, and archly funny, Gina Apostol’s Philippine National Book Award-winning Bibliolepsy is a love letter to the written word and a brilliantly unorthodox look at the rebellion that brought down a dictatorship Gina Apostol’s debut novel, available for the first time in the US, tells of a young woman caught between a lifelong desire to escape into books and a real-world revolution. It is the mid-eighties, two decades into the kleptocratic, brutal rule of Ferdinand Marcos. The Philippine economy is in deep recession, and civil unrest is growing by the day. But Primi Peregrino has her ow... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

6.

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat EN

Rating: 4.5     3 Votes
Description:
An unforgettable novel that shimmers with the wonder and terror of its author's native Haiti. Set in the island's impoverished villages and in New York's Haitian community, this is the story of Sophie Caco, who was conceived in an act of violence, abandoned by her mother and then summoned to America. In New York, Sophie discovers that Haiti imposes harsh rules on its own. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Build Your House Around My Body : A Novel by Violet Kupersmith EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Vietnam flag Vietnam
Description:
Part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story, this ingenious novel spins half a century of Vietnamese history and folklore into “a thrilling read, acrobatic and filled with verve” (The New York Times). FINALIST FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION’S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, NPR, Good Housekeeping, and Kirkus Reviews • “Fiction as daring and accomplished as Violet Kupersmith’s first novel reignites my love of the form and its kaleidoscopic possibilities.”—David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas ... continue

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Catherine the Great and the Small by Olja Knezevic, Ellen Elias-Bursac EN

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / Montenegro flag Montenegro
Description:
It's June in 1970s Montenegro; school's just let out and Catherine's head is full of Boney M lyrics and playing 'cops and robbers' with her summer crush. Then tragedy rips the heart from her little family and Catherine's life takes on a new trajectory.
Recommended: 13 Apr 2022

9.

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood EN

0 Ratings
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

10.

Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa EN

Rating: 3     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil war Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria’s ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more than simple determination. Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya... continue
Recommended: 14 Sep 2022


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