Essay genre books (34)


A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
The author of such books as At the Bottom of the River and My Brother returns to Antigua, the ten-by-twelve mile Caribbean island where she grew up, to explore the effects of colonialism. Reprint.


Africa Is Not a Country : Notes on a Bright Continent by Dipo Faloyin EN

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Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
A Literary Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2022 An exuberant, opinionated, stereotype-busting portrait of contemporary Africa in all its splendid diversity, by one of its leading new writers. So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. In this bold and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, weaving a vibrant tapestry of stories that bring to life Africa’s rich diversity, communities, and histories. Starting with an immersive description of the lively and complex urban life of Lagos,... continue


An Image of Africa by Chinua Achebe EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Beautifully written yet highly controversial, An Image of Africa asserts Achebe's belief in Joseph Conrad as a 'bloody racist' and his conviction that Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness only serves to perpetuate damaging stereotypes of black people. Also included is The Trouble with Nigeria, Achebe's searing outpouring of his frustrations with his country. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforte... continue

Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.


Contra viento y marea : (1964-1988). by Mario Vargas Llosa ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: South America / Peru flag Peru
Adieu, Sartre Novelista y dramaturgo, Mario Vargas Llosa es también un ensayista de gustos eclécticos. Si su país, el Perú, le preocupa ante todo -su historia, su futuro político y, más allá, el futuro de toda América Latina-, estas páginas, escritas entre 1962 y 1983, dan testimonio de un interés apasionado por los grandes Preguntas del momento: ¿Qué tipo de sociedad para América Latina? ¿Qué papel debe jugar el intelectual en la ciudad? Su disputa con Günter Grass muestra que no tie... continue


El lenguaje de la pasión by Mario Vargas Llosa ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: South America / Peru flag Peru
Resumen: es una seleccion de los articulos que, en su columna Piedra de Toque, Mario Vargas LLosa publico en el diario el Pais entre los anos 1992 y 2000. En ellos nos ofrece su vision y analisis de la convulsa sociedad de fin de siglo abordando temas como la despenalizacion del aborto en Espana, los problemas derivados de la emigracion o sucesos como el presidio de Nelson Mandela en Robben Island. Es un libro que aporta claves significativas para entender la complejidad de nuestro tiempo.


Embers : One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
"Life sometimes is hard. There are challenges. There are difficulties. There is pain. As a younger man I sought to avoid them and only ever caused myself more of the same. These days I choose to face life head on--and I have become a comet. I arc across the sky of my life and the harder times are the friction that lets the worn and tired bits drop away. It's a good way to travel; eventually I will wear away all resistance until all there is left of me is light. I can live towards that end." --Richard Wagamese, Embers In this carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, Richard Wagamese... continue


Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre FR

Rating: 4     7 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
This book presents a new English translation of two seminal works by Jean-Paul Sartre, the most dominant European intellectual of the post-World War II decades. The volume includes Sartre's 1945 lecture “Existentialism Is a Humanism” and his analysis of Camus's The Stranger, along with a discussion of these works by acclaimed Sartre biographer Annie Cohen-Solal. This edition is a translation of the 1996 French edition, which includes Arlette Elkaïm-Sartre's introduction and a Q&A with Sartre about his lecture. In her foreword, intended for an American audience, acclaimed Sartre biographer Anni... continue