Biography genre books (24)


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A Cup of Coffee with My Interrogator : The Prague Chronicles of Ludvík Vaculík by Ludvík Vaculík EN

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Description:
A collection of essays explores life in contemporary Czechoslovakia and discusses subjects including Gandhi, coffeehouses, and human rights
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

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An Apartment on Uranus : Chronicles of the Crossing by Paul B. Preciado EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Spain flag Spain
Description:
A “dissident of the gender-sex binary system” reflects on gender transitioning and political and cultural transitions in technoscientific capitalism. Uranus, the frozen giant, is the coldest planet in the solar system as well as a deity in Greek mythology. It is also the inspiration for uranism, a concept coined by the writer Karl Heinrich Ulrich in 1864 to define the “third sex” and the rights of those who “love differently.” Following Ulrich, Paul B. Preciado dreams of an apartment on Uranus where he might live beyond existing power, gender and racial strictures invented by modernity. “My tr... continue
Recommended: 16 Jan 2023

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An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43 by Etty Hillesum EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
A collection of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum (1914-43) who lived in Amsterdam that were composed in the shadow of the Holocaust, but their interest lies in the light-filled mind that pervades them and in the internal journey they chart.
Recommended: 01 Aug 2019

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An Unexpected Light

An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan by Elliott, Jason EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
Description:
A riveting combination of history and travel, filled with modern anecdotes, traditional wisdom, and profound insights, vividly brings to life the exotic land of Afghanistan. Reprint.

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Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi EN

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Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Temple Rome has variant printings.
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

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Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg EN

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Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Natalia Ginzburg wrote her masterful, Strega Prize winning novel Family Lexicon while living in London in the 1960s. Homesick for her big, noisy Italian family, she summoned them in this novel, which is a celebration of the routines and rituals, in-jokes and insults and, above all, the repeated sayings that make up every family.
Recommended: 06 Oct 2022

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George Frideric Handel by Paul Henry Lang EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Hungary flag Hungary
Description:
Exceptionally full, detailed study of the man, his music and times. Childhood, music training, years in London; analysis of Messiah and other works; much more. Introduction. Includes 35 illustrations.
Recommended: 22 Oct 2022

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Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Denmark flag Denmark
Description:
Comedian Sofie Hagen shares how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgement and discrimination are rife. Sofie conquered a negative relationship with her body and provides practical tips for readers to do the same drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions. Part-memoir, part-social commentary, this book looks at how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical, emboldening and life-changing

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I, Francis by Carlo Carretto EN

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Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Seeks to present the life and teaching of St Francis of Assisi in the form of an imaginary autobiography. At the same time, Carretto takes the liberty of having Francis address the problems of today, a world deeply committed to atheism, but on the brink of radical faith.
Recommended: 08 Nov 2018

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Kon-Tiki : Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Norway flag Norway
Description:
Photographs illustrate the author's account of his voyage from Peru to Tahiti on a balsa raft to test a theory concerning the origins of the Polynesian race
Recommended: 22 Oct 2022


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