For some reason the country of Kyrgyzstan fascinates me. When I think of Kyrgyzstan I see vast wilderness, rough trails in the mountains, and humble people before my eyes. I have never read a book from there before, so I was quite excited to read The White Steamship by Chinghiz Aitmatov. I have not heard … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan: Life in the Mountains of Wilderness
The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib is a collection of ten short stories mostly set in the Middle East. Many of the stories have a strong connection to Kuwait in one way or another. Most of the stories are also reflecting on the politics in the world, like Israeli Palestine conflict, the invasion … Continue reading Kuwait: Shorts Stories of Ordinary Life
I had no plans on reading poetry during my read the world challenge, but in the case of Kosovo it actually seems appropriate. I find poetry to be beautiful, but I prefer prose. I had never heard of Ali Podrimja before, but I have to say I am happy to have found Who Will Slay … Continue reading Kosovo: Sad, but Beautiful Poetry
I really like the synopsis for Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. It has it all - power, love, grief, death, and all the other basics for a good novel - as well as an exotic location. Sometimes when I reread the synopsis after I’ve read a book I wonder if the synopsis writer has read … Continue reading Kenya: Where the Best Turns to Dust?
It’s not often we hear news from Kazakhstan, about it’s history we hear even less. Living life under Stalin’s rule was not easy for most people, definitely not for the nomads in Kazakhstan, but I can’t remember I’ve heard about their tough life before I read this book. The Silent Steppe by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov fills … Continue reading Kazakhstan: The Lost Story from the Steppe
Yet another country with a very limited amount of options, but luckily I was able to get ahold of a good book: Willow Trees Don’t Weep by Fadia Faqir. I didn’t quite know what to expect. The short synopsis did not really prepare me for the full journey, and I have to say I still … Continue reading Jordania: From East to West
I have a strange relationship with Japanese literature. Usually Japanese books are too far out there for me. Despite of this I decided to just go for it and choose a random book for my reading challenge. I happened to have Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto unread, waiting for me at home, so in the … Continue reading Japan: What We Do for Family
I wanted to find a book that would represent the core of Jamaican life, whatever that means. I think I did a pretty good job with this book, because Gloria by Kerry Young told me a lot more than a book about rich people living by the beach would ever do. I can easily believe … Continue reading Jamaica: Independent Women
I wanted to read something different from Italy, something I wasn’t familiar with, which gave me the perfect opportunity to get myself familiar with Alberto Moravia’s work. I simply chose 1934 because I found it at a book fair for a good price, and I was not set on reading any specific book by him … Continue reading Italy: Is Double Suicide the Answer?
I have read many a book in the genres of thrillers, adventures, crime, and murder. There are many books to choose from, and definitely everything from really badly written and boring to intriguing plots and well-thought executions. D.A. Mishani’s The Missing File has gotten some great reviews and I was quite excited about digging into … Continue reading Israel: One of the Few Israelian Detective Stories