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mirnass

Joined April 2020

The only thing you absolutely need to know is the location of the library. (Albert Einstein)
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Quiet Chaos | Sandro Veronesi
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Loved it, loved it! Paolo, a 40 something tv producer from Milan, suddenly loses his fiancée. He spends weeks sitting in his car in front of his daughter's school while she's in there and tries to face the tragedy that has just happened. Very powrefull and extremely well written novel!

BarbaraBB I loved this one too. So good. 3w
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Years | Annie Ernaux
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While telling the story of her life Annie Ernaux sketches the half century of French/European/World history. This novels is the key of her "oeuvre". If you like Ernaux's style or auto(socio)biographies, you shouldn't miss this one!

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Les gratitudes | Delphine Vigan
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Mischka is living the last months of her life in a care home and struggling with aphasia. Her last wish is to see the couple that saved her during the WWII and thank them. Very short but extremely touching and profound prose.

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After a shipwreck, group of slaves from Madagascar tries to survive on a small sandy island in the middle of the Indian ocean. This excellent graphic novel adresses the issue of slavery, an embarrassing chapter of 18th century history.

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Always Never | Jordi Lafebre
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After 40 years and many ups and downs Ana and Zeno can finally be happy together❤

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The Summer of Her Life | Thomas von Steinaecker
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85 years old Gerda spends the lasts months of her life in a care home for eldery people and reflects on years that have passed in a blink of an eye. This graphic novel is so profound, sad, funny, touching and full of life at the same time. It adresses the issue we are likely to ignore and are afraid of: growing old and dying. A must read!

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This novel is quite different, but equally great, from two previous Slimani's novels. She tells a story, partly autobiographical, about a French woman Mathilde and her Maroccan husband Amine who try to survive the turbulent 1950's in Marocco when the colonial regime came to its end. Slimani is an excellent storyteller and definitly one of the best contemporary French writers!

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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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I was thrilled to meet again Elio, Oliver, Samuel... Those who loved "Call me by your name" should definitely read this!

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The Dressmaker's Gift | Fiona Valpy
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Harriet arrives in Paris in 2015 because she got a one-year internship job in fashion industry. In her free time she tries to find out what happened to her grandmother Claire and her friends Mireille and Vivienne during the WWII.
Interesting story and thorough background research on France in the period 1940 to 1945. Retells the story of women who worked for the Resistance and helped fight the Nazism.

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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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Hysteria, doctor Charcot, Salpêtriere hospital, hypnosis, 19th century Paris, the birth of psychiatry are a setting... This novel adresses the question of the thin line between sickness and health and shows, by telling the story of three women, that mental illness is often a social construction.

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Fedelt | Marco Missiroli
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Amazing novel! Love, mariage, passion, betrayal, love affairs, everyday life in modern-day Milano, excellent storytelling, multiple narrative perspectives... Netflix series is coming up!

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Mountains Sing | Mai Phan Que Nguyen
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Two generations of a Vietnamese family are trying to survive the turbulent period of Vietnamese 20th century history. Vietnamese war seen from a personal perspective. Highly recomended!

readingjedi That cover is stunning 😍 3mo
mirnass It is🙂 3mo
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The novel is based on a true story. 1950s in Québec, 15 year old Maggie is forced by her parents to give her newborn daughter to adoption. She spends next 20 years looking for her... Didn't know about Duplessis orphans before reading this. Great book, I've read it in a day!

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The Weight of Snow | Christian Guay-Poliquin
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Two men need to survive the harsh winter in a isolated cottage on a mountain.
Great prose, great style, great story! Guay-Poliquin has created a fictional world that just sucks you in. Highly recommended!

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A young man of Vietnamese origine writes a letter to his illiterate mother. Amazing novel! Excellent story and style. Ocean Vuong is a promising young writer

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An excellent novel on immigration, (post)colonialism, identity, memory, aculturation, belonging and France and Algeria's conflictual relationship. Naïma, main character, a French woman of Algerian origins, tries to understand why her grandparents left their homeland in 1962 and never went back.

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One of the best books I have ever read!

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Rien n'est noir | Claire Berest
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Another Frida Kahlo's fictional biography. Berest focuses mainly on her love affair with Diego Rivera. Can't say that this book is any better or more inventive when compared with other, previously published, texts on Frida.

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A very interessting biography of Dora Maar written by a French journalist and a writer who has acidentally found her old Adress Book. Each chapter is a portrait of one of Dora Maar's friends or acquaintances. Excellent book if you want to know more on French inter-war and post-war Art life.

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The White Tiger: A Novel | Aravind Adiga
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Balram retells his journey from his native village in North India to Bangalore where he runs a succesfull company. An amazing portait of contemporary India! A must read.

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Japanese Lover | Isabel Allende
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Excellent story, excellent storytelling, loved it!

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Love and Ruin: A Novel | Paula McLain
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Paula McLain, the author of The Parisian wife, has written Martha Gellhorn's fictional biography. Gellhorn was Hemingway's third wife and, before all, one of the first female war correspondants. A fascinating life story, a bit less fascinating storytelling🙂

SamAnne I‘ve read Gellhorn‘s biography and she is a hero of mine. 8mo
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Le consentement | Vanessa Springora
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Vanessa Springora, French editor and publisher, has written a memoire about her beeing sexually abused at the age of 14 by a three times older man. Disturbing, powerfull and necessary book that empowers victimes of abuse!

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Best novel I have read in a while! Basically a love story but it goes so much beyond that. On Nigeria, Africa, USA, migration, identity, belongging and most of all, race. Could not stop reading it!

BarbaraBB One of my favorites last year! 8mo
LitStephanie I love this book, too! I was just telling someone this past weekend about how the main character is confused by tipping in American restaurants and thinks it feels like bribing. Glad you enjoyed it! 8mo
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Paolo Cognetti has travelles to Himalayan region Dolpo on his 40th birthday. Senza mai arrivare in cima is his travel journal. An excellent prose on nature, mountaines, Nepal and Tibet, solitude, physical endourance and happiness.

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The Sound of the Sundial | Hana Andronikova
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Czech-German engineer Thomas Keppler and his Jewish wife Rachel move back to Zlín from India few months before the begining of the WWII. Their son Daniel discovers what happened to her mother years after, during his encounter eith Anna in Colorado.

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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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An excellent graphic novel about Marjani's growing up in Teheran during the Islamic revolution and the war between Iraq and Iran.

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The best novel I have read in a while!
On everyday life of two young men during the 1990s in a small, post-industrial, town in eastern France.

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Waiting for Robert Capa: A Novel | Susana Fortes, Adriana V. Lopez
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Susan Fortes has written a great biofiction! Gerda Taro was a photojournalist who died in Spain in 1937. She was a manager and a lover of Robert Capa who she met in Paris in 1935. With interwar Paris and Spanish civil war in the background and a fascinating young artists in the focus this book should make her way to your reading lists.

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This novel is based on a true story. It tells a story about a ring of British female secret agents working undercover in occupied France before the D Day. The story itself is really interesting but the novel is unfortunately mediocre.

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Such a great novel! Euridice and her sister Guida live in Rio de Janeiro during the 1940s and dream about great things, even though they are expected only to get marry and have children. A beautiful book about women's emancipation!

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Will and Testament | Vigdis Hjorth
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Father's death and a dispute over family heritance resurface old family secrets. Why did one of the daughters become estranged from the rest of the family twenty years ago?
An excellent novel that speaks about an important topic.

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Sarah's Key | Tatiana de Rosnay
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A journalist living in Paris starts to write an article about the deportation of French Jews in 1942. What seems to be just an ordinary task will change the course of her life...

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Older Brother | Mahir Guven
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An excellent contemporary French novel about two brothers whose acrion is set in Paris and Syria. Two young men, whose mother is French and father from Syria, are trying to find their place in French society. But the life of those who are of migrant origin is not easy after terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan...

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Holocaust | Charles Reznikoff
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A suitable recommendation for a Remembrance Day: Reznikoff's documentary poem written on the basis of the Nürnberg and Adolf Eichmann's trials. A masterpiece of Holocaust Writing.

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The novel tells the everyday life of four Indian immigrants in Sheffield. It also deals with number of issues, such as contemporary India, Sikh community, modern day global migrations and exploatation of illegal workers. Even though I think these topics are highly interesting, there's something missing. The novel is too long, too confusing, lacking emotions...

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Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
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One day a 69 years old So-nyo disapers in Seoul and her children and husband desperatly try to find out what happen... Secrets and memories start to ome out. They all have to face the question: how well did they really know their Mother/Wife?

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Fatherland | Nina Bunjevac
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An excellent graphic novel! Nina Bunjevac, a Canadian Artist of Serbian origin, deals with her family's history which is as complicated as the 20th Century Serbian/Yugoslavian history. Autobiographical narrative, powerfull story and beautiful black and white drawings.

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Oktoberbarn | Linda Bostrm Knausgrd
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Writing about mental illness and the negative effects of electroconvulsive therapy is necessary and welcome. Unfortunately, this book, based on personal experience, offers nothing but addressing these relevant issues.

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Safe Area Gorade | Joe Sacco
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Joe Sacco has spent several months in Bosnia, in a Muslim enklave Goražde, in 1995. The war is approaching its end but the peace and normal life remain a distant dream for the people Sacco meets and who's stories he retells. One of the best literary representation of the war in ex-Yougoslavia I have sofar read. I highly recommend this graphic novel!

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A Whole Life | Robert Seethaler
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This extraordinary novel in only about 100 pages tells Andreas Egger's life story from his childhood until the day he days in the Austrian Alps.

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In his memoir Nirvana's manager Danny Goldberg reflects on the last three years of Cobain's life. He offers his own point of view on what happened at that time, as well as on Cobain's legacy. Unlike most of the books and documentary film on Nirvana, Goldberg does not demonize Courtney Love.

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A very powerfull graphic novel with, at the same time, beautiful and disturbing black and white drawings, that speaks about sexual violence. The author uses the point of view of the predator, even though she deals with her own experience an dedicates the novel to all the victims of sexual assaults.

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Adversaire | Emmanuel Carrere
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I was reading this book (Yoga, not Adversaire) for weeks simply because I didn't want to finish it. An extraordinary autobiographical texts on meditation, depression, yoga, terrorist attacks in France, migrant crises in Europe, friends and everyday life. Highly recommended!

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Walk Through Walls: A Memoir | Marina Abramovic
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"Walk throught the walls" is Marina Abramović's memoir. I had very basic knowledge about her work so I decided to read this book when I stumbled upon it in the library. I have read it in a day! So interesting! It has definitely helped me to better understand Performance and Conceptual Art.

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Troubling Love | Elena Ferrante
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Delia returs to Napels, her nativevtown, after her mother's misterious death. She wanders around Napels and tries to find out what happened to her mother. The search brings out different emotions, family secreets, problematic relationships... This is Ferrante's first novel. Remarquable storytelling!

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Jane Austen Book Club | Karen Joy Fowler
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The only good thing about this novel, besides the hommage to Jane Austen, is that it made me wish to join a book club🍵🧁☕🍪

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Daniel Mendelsohn starts a search for his six relatives who were killed in Europe during the WWII. He embarks on a 5 years long journey that takes him to Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden and Danemark where he meets witnesses and people who once knew his relatives. At the end he suceeds to reconstruct the final years of their lives. An extraordinary story about family, rememberance and Holocaust.

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Whore | Nelly Arcan
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An excellent autofictional novel written in a first person about a 20-something girl who studies literature in Montréal and earns money working as an escort girl.

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Ru | Kim Thuy
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An impressionistic, poetic but powerfull story about the migrant experience. A Vietnamese girl survives the war, boat journey, refugee camp and arrives in Québec with her family. Excellent book!