Yemen: What Happened to Jasmin?

Yemen is apparently not a country famous for its authors, at least not translated fiction, so this time around it was easy to choose the only book I found. At least then you can’t second guess your choice, since there is no other option. It is also quite nice not to have to sort out … Continue reading Yemen: What Happened to Jasmin?

Vietnam: Duality, War, identity, and Confession

I expected to find a lot of books set in Vietnam and written by Vietnamese authors, but I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t the case. I would have been interested in reading about normal life in Vietnam. What people do, fear, think, and feel. I will keep an eye on a book like … Continue reading Vietnam: Duality, War, identity, and Confession

Tajikistan: Post-Soviet Times

Tajikistan turned out to be a bit of a challenge, since I could not get hold of a book from there. I know there are at least a couple of books translated, so I kept on looking for them. It took me a long time, but I was extremely lucky to find Hurramabad by Andrei … Continue reading Tajikistan: Post-Soviet Times

Uzbekistan: Ten Short Stories

Uzbekistan is a country that somehow manages to slip through my fingers in a way that I don’t know much about this country. After searching for a book from this country for a while, I realized there’s one I can get my hands on. I wanted to find a novel but finding a collection of … Continue reading Uzbekistan: Ten Short Stories

United Arab Emirates: Decisions, Decisions

I was surprised to see that there are not that many books from UAE out there. It was not a hard mission to find one, and you can easily get this one as an e-book, but I was looking for something different, but couldn’t find what I was looking for this time. I didn’t have … Continue reading United Arab Emirates: Decisions, Decisions

Turkmenistan: Fighting against the Regime

Another country I thought might give me gray hairs trying to find a book I can get. These former Soviet countries seem to have a rich literary history, but as can be expected, not that many books have been translated into the English. I have to be honest and say that even though I prefer … Continue reading Turkmenistan: Fighting against the Regime

Turkey: Melancholy and the Beauty of the Past

This time around it was easy to choose a book, and in fact I chose the author already a few years back when I went through the list of countries. I have never read a book by Orhan Pamuk, and I felt like there was a gap in my general knowledge because of this. Now … Continue reading Turkey: Melancholy and the Beauty of the Past

Thailand: Interconnected Stories Set in Different Times

When I started looking for a book from Thailand I realized that my mind drew a blank. I could not come up with any Thai authors names, or any books. This surprised me, so it was time to start digging. Since I had no memory of encountering Thai books in the past, I had no … Continue reading Thailand: Interconnected Stories Set in Different Times

Taiwan: Crocodiles in Human Skins

I did not have any preferences to what kind of a book I would like to find from Taiwan, and just by browsing the selection at my library I found something a bit different, Notes from a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin. I usually do not pay attention to if I read LGBTQ literature or not, … Continue reading Taiwan: Crocodiles in Human Skins

Syria: It Is Not a Woman’s World

Sadly, we have been reading a hearing a lot about Syria in the last some years. The news never seems to be good. I have recently read an absolutely stunningly good book by a Syrian man, Alaa Aljaleel, The Last Sanctuary in Aleppo: A remarkable true story of courage, hope and survival! The story is … Continue reading Syria: It Is Not a Woman’s World