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India: Small Things Matter

It has been awhile since I’ve dealt with a country with many options to choose from. I however find Indian literature to be heavily focused on a few subjects, and the books become repetitive and predictable. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is in way a fresh exception to the rule, even though … Continue reading India: Small Things Matter

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Iceland: Independence as a Virtue

It was great to take on a fellow Nordic country, because it has been a while, and because it’s my own country’s Independence Day today. Happy Birthday Finland, you only turn 100 once! Independent People by Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness is its own was as Icelandic as a book can be. Independent. Strong minds. Harsh … Continue reading Iceland: Independence as a Virtue

Hungary: A Different Take on Life in Concentration Camps

I have been meaning to read Fatelessness by Imre Kertész for many years now. I visited Hungary last year, but had by then decided I would wait and read the book for my reading challenge. I visited Poland last month, and went to both Auschwitz and Birkenau, which means that this book felt so real … Continue reading Hungary: A Different Take on Life in Concentration Camps

Honduras: Try to Find a Stronger Woman, I Dare You!

Women - strong and independent figures in nonfiction are absolutely fantastic! When we are talking about a woman from a macho country like Honduras working in a manly field, and not only that - she is working for the peasants and their rights, then we are talking about one of the strongest women ever!  Don't … Continue reading Honduras: Try to Find a Stronger Woman, I Dare You!

Haiti: Dominican Nationalism on the Island of Hispaniola

I have read one book from Haiti before my reading challenge, and it was by Edwidge Danticat, so I wanted to read a book by another author, but I had no such luck, since I was only able to find her books. This is how I ended up reading The Farming of Bones by Edwidge … Continue reading Haiti: Dominican Nationalism on the Island of Hispaniola

Guyana: Escaping the Cult

I have a hard time to place books that are fictive, but they are still based on a true story, into a genre. Jim Jones was the cult leader of Peoples Temple in Guyana. Everything happened before I was born, but I remember reading and hearing about it later. Jones was responsible for the mass … Continue reading Guyana: Escaping the Cult

Guinea-Bissau: On the Road to Freedom

I am not going to lie. I was not really looking forward to reading a book from Guinea-Bissau. I could only find one book, and it looked like the most boring book, and the title did not help. However, Return To The Source: Selected Speeches Of Amilcar Cabral by Amilcar Cabral, turned out to be … Continue reading Guinea-Bissau: On the Road to Freedom

(French) Guinea: Growing up in French Africa

During my reading journey I’ve found that I either really like or dislike African writing. Some books are absolutely fantastic, whereas others are too far fetched for me, and if it wasn’t for my reading challenge I would not bother finishing those books. Guyana made me a bit anxious since I knew this was yet … Continue reading (French) Guinea: Growing up in French Africa

Guatemala: Fascinating People in a Troubled Land

My one wish when I started looking for a book from Guatemala was that the book would have nothing to do with magical realism. I was lucky enough to find the wonderful Rites: A Guatemalan Boyhood by Victor Perera, which is a memoir about growing up as a Jewish boy in the violent country of … Continue reading Guatemala: Fascinating People in a Troubled Land

Grenada: A Thriller Moving as Fast as a Hurricane

At first I was quite sure I would not be able to get a hold of a book from Grenada, but then I found Hurricane Fever by Tobias S. Buckell. I haven’t been too thrilled about many science fiction books, because they are mostly a bit too far out there for me, but I have … Continue reading Grenada: A Thriller Moving as Fast as a Hurricane