Cultural genre books (103)


The Eighth Life : (for Brilka) The International Bestseller by Nino Haratischvili EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Georgia flag Georgia
‘That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.’ At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftert... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022


The Fugitives by Jamal Mahjoub EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Sudan flag Sudan
Moving from Khartoum, Sudan, to Washington, D.C., and then across the US in a road trip unlike any other, this is a book about music, friendship and the desire for home
Recommended: 27 Oct 2022


The Girl in the Moon Circle by Sia Figiel EN

Rating: 2.5     2 Votes
Country: Oceania / Samoa flag Samoa
Western Samoan novel in English.
Recommended: 27 Aug 2022


The Gray Earth by Galsan Tschinag EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Mongolia flag Mongolia
The acclaimed Mongolian author of The Blue Sky continues his autobiographical trilogy as a young shepherd leaves his ancestral home for boarding school. This powerful, sweeping novel continues the saga of Dshurukawaa, the Tuvan shepherd boy introduced in The Blue Sky. Torn between the onset of visions and pressure from his family to attend a state boarding school, the adolescent attempts to mediate the pull of spirituality and pragmatism, old ways and new. Taken from his ancestral home, he reunites with his siblings at a boarding school, where his brother also serves as principal. Soon he come... continue
Recommended: 03 May 2022

The Hotel Tito

The Hotel Tito : A Novel by Ivana Bodrozic EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Croatia flag Croatia
Winner of the Prix Ulysse for best debut novel in France Winner in Croatia and the Balkan region of the Kočićevo Pero Award, the Josip and Ivan Kozarac Award, and the Kiklop Award for the best work of fiction When the Croatian War of Independence breaks out in her hometown of Vukovar in the summer of 1991 she is nine years old, nestled within the embrace of family with her father, mother, and older brother. She is sent to a seaside vacation to be far from the hostilities. Meanwhile, her father has disappeared while fighting with the Croatian forces. By the time she returns at summer’s end ever... continue
Recommended: 03 Apr 2023


The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family. He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young Housekeeper—with a ten-year-old son—who is hired to care for the Professor. And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold mem... continue
Recommended: 16 Apr 2022


The King of Kahel by Tierno Monénembo, Nicholas Elliott EN

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Country: Africa / Guinea flag Guinea
The story is loosely inspired by the life of Olivier de Sanderval, who, intent on becoming an explorer for most of his life, finally set sale for Africa in 1879 after turning 40. As Monenembo tells it, once there he recruits a crew of Senegalese infantryment and travels to Fouta Djallon, a land he desperately wants to rule. He learns local customs that will aid him in his quest to govern. During the following years of conquests and re-conquests, Sanderval never loses his taste for European luxury and moves between Africa and France, where he publishes books on his experience and struggles to c... continue
Recommended: 28 Feb 2022

The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
In this futuristic dystopian novel for teens, the Indigenous people of North America are on the run in a fight for survival.
Recommended: 27 Dec 2022


The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay EN

Rating: 4     94 Votes
“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.” –The New York Times “Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives ... continue


The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Pakistan flag Pakistan
Changez, a young Muslim American, is living the American dream, with a Princeton education and high-paying job, until the events of September 11th force him to confront his personal allegiances.

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