Cultural genre books (205)


The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Kyrgyzstan flag Kyrgyzstan
" . . . a rewarding book." —Times Literary Supplement Set in the vast windswept Central Asian steppes and the infinite reaches of galactic space, this powerful novel offers a vivid view of the culture and values of the Soviet Union's Central Asian peoples.


The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat EN

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We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him, and learn that he has also kept a vital, dangerous secret. Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew breaker”--or torturer--s an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions; and of the compromises we make to move beyond the most intimate brushes wit... continue


The Eighth Life : (for Brilka) The International Bestseller by Nino Haratischvili EN

Rating: 4 (5 votes)
Country: Asia / Georgia flag Georgia
AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.’ At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that... continue


The Enlightenment of Katzuo Nakamatsu by Augusto Higa Oshiro EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: South America / Peru flag Peru
Reminiscent of Kurasawa’s film Ikiru, Enlightenment explores the interior mindscape of a Japanese-Peruvian man and his luminous unraveling Katzuo Nakamatsu is having a recurring dream. He’s strolling down the glinting avenues of Lima, branches crowning overhead, when he hears someone snickering from the shadows. He wanders away in concentric circles, as if along a spider web, and wakes in a sweaty torment. Nakamatsu sleepwalks his way toward sublime disintegration. Katzuo is at sea after being forced out of his job as a literature professor without warning. He retreats into flânerie, musing wi... continue

The Fugitives

The Fugitives by Jamal Mahjoub EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Sudan flag Sudan
Moving from Khartoum, Sudan, to Washington, D.C., and then across the US in a road trip unlike any other, this is a book about music, friendship and the desire for home


The Garden of Departed Cats by Bilge Karasu EN

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Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
A surreal, utterly unique Turkish novel about a human chess game.


The Girl in the Moon Circle by Sia Figiel EN

Rating: 1 (1 vote)
Country: Oceania / Samoa flag Samoa
Western Samoan novel in English.


The Gray Earth by Galsan Tschinag EN

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Country: Asia / Mongolia flag Mongolia
The acclaimed Mongolian author of The Blue Sky continues his autobiographical trilogy as a young shepherd leaves his ancestral home for boarding school. This powerful, sweeping novel continues the saga of Dshurukawaa, the Tuvan shepherd boy introduced in The Blue Sky. Torn between the onset of visions and pressure from his family to attend a state boarding school, the adolescent attempts to mediate the pull of spirituality and pragmatism, old ways and new. Taken from his ancestral home, he reunites with his siblings at a boarding school, where his brother also serves as principal. Soon he come... continue


The Green Bicycle by Haifaa al Mansour EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Saudi Arabia flag Saudi Arabia
Dreamer. Rebel. Hero. Wadjda has one simple wish - to race her friend Abdullah on her very own bicycle. But in Saudi Arabia, it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes and her parents forbid her from having one. Sick of playing by the rules, Wadjda schemes different ways to make money and buy the bike herself. But freedom comes at a high price . . . Set against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, The Green Bicycle explores gender roles, conformity, and the importance of family, all with wit and irresistible heart.


The History of a Difficult Child by Mihret Sibhat EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Ethiopia flag Ethiopia
"A tragicomic family saga set in a small Ethiopian town following the 1974 socialist revolution, told from the perspective of the youngest daughter of a large, formerly land-owning family, who contends with bullies, poverty, and a dictatorship with humor and a refusal to be silenced"--