Essay genre books (66)


A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 4 (9 votes)
Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, this memoir is a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua, by the author of "Annie John."


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

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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

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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 : 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.


China in Ten Words by Hua Yu, Yu Hua EN

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Country: Asia / China flag China
Uses a framework of ten common phrases in the Chinese vernacular to offer insight into China's modern economic gaps, cultural transformations, and ubiquitous practices of deception.


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