Cultural genre books (15)


1.

At the Breakfast Table by Defne Suman EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
Told from four different perspectives, At the Breakfast Table is a story of hidden histories and family secrets, revealing the psychological consequences of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
Recommended: 31 Oct 2022

2.

House of Stone : A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
A journalist traces the story of his family's effort to rebuild an ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife and how the work enabled a greater understanding of the emotions behind Middle East turbulence.

3.

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Asia / India flag India
Description:
The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to “a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling” (The New Yorker) WINNER OF THE BEST OF THE BOOKERS • SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • The fortieth anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehr... continue

4.

Miss Chopsticks by Xinran EN

Rating: 3.9     10 Votes
Country: Asia / China flag China
Description:
From the author of 'The Good Women of China' comes the uplifting story of three sisters who, like so many migrant workers in today's China, leave their peasant community to seek their fortune in the big city.
Recommended: 20 Nov 2022

5.

Red Scarf Girl : A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang EN

Rating: 4     31 Votes
Country: Asia / China flag China
Description:
In 1966 Ji-li Jiang turned twelve. An outstanding student and leader, she had everything: brains, the admiration of her peers, and a bright future in China′s Communist Party. But that year China′s leader, Mao Ze-dong, launched the Cultural Revolution, and everything changed. Over the next few years Ji-li and her family were humiliated and scorned by former friends, neighbors, and co-workers. They lived in constant terror of arrest. Finally, with the detention of her father, Ji-li faced the most difficult choice of her life. Told with simplicity and grace, this is the true story of one family′s... continue
Recommended: 13 Aug 2022

6.

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Recommended: 20 Nov 2022

7.

The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag EN

Rating: 3.3     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Mongolia flag Mongolia
Description:
A boy’s nomadic life in Mongolia is under threat in a novel that “captures the mountains, valleys and steppes in all their surpassing beauty and brutality” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune). In the high Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, a young shepherd boy comes of age, tending his family’s flocks on the mountain steppes and knowing little of the world beyond the surrounding peaks. But his nomadic way of life is increasingly disrupted by modernity. This confrontation comes in stages. First, his older siblings leave the family yurt to attend a distant boarding school. Then the boy’s grandmother d... continue
Recommended: 03 May 2022

8.

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

Rating: 4.3     8 Votes
Country: Asia / Georgia flag Georgia
Description:
‘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

9.

The Gray Earth by Galsan Tschinag EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Mongolia flag Mongolia
Description:
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

10.

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa EN

Rating: 4.5     11 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
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


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