I just realized that I had forgotten to blog about Dominica. I haven’t got a clue how I managed to skip one country. I had read the book, but simply forgot to write about it. Anyway, here we go. I was a bit thorn before I started reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. It … Continue reading Dominica: The Insane Woman in the Attic
The world is filled with fascinating places. One of these places is the small Asian nation of East Timor. The Crossing: A Story of East Timor by Luis Cardoso took me to the island for a short stroll. Colonised by Portugal and occupied by Indonesia, East Timor hit the headlines around the world when gaining … Continue reading East Timor: A Brave and Proud Independent Nation
The world is filled with literature, and unfortunately it is not possible to read more than a minimal percentage of all them. I wonder how many books are out there that I would actually want to read. Infinity? Every day new books see daylight, and I have a love-hate relationship with this. On one hand … Continue reading Dominican Republic: For Fukú’s Sake
I am ashamed to say that one of the very few things I knew about Djibouti was where it is situated. I realize the country rarely makes the news. Passage of Tears by Abdourahman A. Waberi made me interested in this small nation and its people. “And what was Djibouti originally?... A handful of magic … Continue reading Djibouti: A Mix of Everything
A Danish classic: Nordkraft by Jakob Ejersbo, is a book about Danish junkies set in Aalborg. The first part is about Maria, who is the girlfriend of a drug dealer, and the daughter of a woman who just wants her daughter to raise her grades to get a better life. The second part is about … Continue reading Denmark: Legospotting?
I thought long and hard about which book I should choose. Should I read a contemporary book, or a historical one? There are many good options out there, but there is one book by a Czech author I have had on my to read list for too many years, so I decided to go for … Continue reading Czech Republic: Living Life or Simply Existing?
The topics we apparently long to read over and over again and war and love. Both are well covered in A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible by Christy Lefteri. It is well-known that the Greeks and the Turks are not the best of friends, but it seems like when Cyprus is added into the … Continue reading Cyprus: Love and Invasion
I was not expecting much when I started reading The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier. I have a simple reason; no matter what, I just dislike magical realism. However, I decided to give it another go. Apparently Carpentier is known as the ‘father’ of magical realism. I didn’t feel its presence in the book as … Continue reading Cuba: Macho Realism in Latin America
“Serbian or Croatian?” There you have it. The cigarette brand showed everyone which side you were on. “The war in Zagreb started over a pack of cigarettes.” A sentence so simple, honest, brutal, compelling, yet leaving room for a greater, compelling context. There is something remarkably moving about Sara Nović’s Girl at War. The subject … Continue reading Croatia: War Never Leaves You
Another country, another challenge. I was lucky enough to find a fairly recent book from Côte d’Ivoire, because there really were not that many options out there. This is the second African autobiography I’ve read during this challenge. Since the last one was a performing artist it was nice to read about a leading sports … Continue reading Côte d’Ivoire: Teams, Managers,Goals, and Strong Feelings