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Chad: Surviving Civil War

Going back in time for a bit, because I finally got ahold of A teenager in the Chad Civil War by Ésaie Toingar. I was quite excited to read about Chad and the civil war, since I knew little about the subject from before. I have read several books about civil wars in Africa, and … Continue reading Chad: Surviving Civil War

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Liberia: We Need More Women Like President Sirleaf

Once in awhile I read a book about a person so amazing that I start having faith in the human race again. This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's first female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a book like that. Then again, so many people in the book make me … Continue reading Liberia: We Need More Women Like President Sirleaf

Lesotho: It Is All about the Beer

The more I read the more I get to know about certain themes, whether they are universal or regional. When I start reading an African book I already know what to expect. Postcolonialism is something that seems unavoidable, and why wouldn’t it be, to be honest. How We Buried Puso by Morable Morojele is no … Continue reading Lesotho: It Is All about the Beer

Lebanon: …With a Rebel Yell…

“This isn’t my story, it’s the story of someone else’s life. Told in his words, which I have merely rearranged when when they seemed to me to lack clarity or coherence. It contains its own truth, which is as true as any other.” I like the way Ports of Call by Amin Maalouf begins. It … Continue reading Lebanon: …With a Rebel Yell…

Latvia: A Day of Life of a Struggling Family

I was quite surprised to learn that there are not many books translated to the English from Latvian. I also realized I’ve never read anything written by a Latvian author. Usually it seems easy to get books from countries close by, but I’ve now learned the sad truth. Some internationally acclaimed authors, for example Henning … Continue reading Latvia: A Day of Life of a Struggling Family

Laos: Sad but Beautiful

Apparently there is one book that has been translated to English. Lucky Mother’s Beloved - Stories from Laos by Outhine Bounyavong was not hard to get ahold of, which took me by surprise. It is a short read; 163 pages, and all the stories are in both English and Lao. This book is special in … Continue reading Laos: Sad but Beautiful

Kyrgyzstan: Life in the Mountains of Wilderness

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

Kuwait: Shorts Stories of Ordinary Life

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

Kosovo: Sad, but Beautiful Poetry

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

Kenya: Where the Best Turns to Dust?

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?