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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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Vivre vite | Brigitte Giraud
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Twenty years after her husband's death, Brigitte Giraud retells the last days of his life and thinks about different "what if..." that maybe could have changed the course of events and prevented the accident to take place. Heartbreaking and powerfull... Goncourt prize well deserved.

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I really don't have anything bad against this book, but somehow I didn't like it that much. I expexted more from a Goncourt prize winner.

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Years | Annie Ernaux
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Wish you all a lot of moments like this in 2023!

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Terra Alta | Javier Cercas
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Melchor Marín, policeman from Cercas's previous novel "Terra alta", is back! Someone's blackmailing the mayor of Barcelona and he's investigating the case. "Independance" combines crime fiction, political thriller and a analysis of contemporary Catalonian society. Cercas is one of the best European novelist, no doubt about it!

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Grand Hotel Europa | Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
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I loved Pfeijffer's previous book, "La Superba", so I decided to read this one as soon as the Croatian translation was published. I did not regreat it even thought it has more than 550 pages. More a long essay on Europe's glorious pas and not so promising future then a novel. A part that I appreciate the most is a very lucid analysis of mass tourism and its impact on everyday life in European cities.

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Enfant de salaud | Sorj Chalandon
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Sorj Chalandon, in this autobiographical novel, writes about the Klaus Barbie's process and his own father's past. Horrors of the Second World War, collaboration among them, start to resurface...
Excellent, powerfull, a must read!

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Citt sommersa | Marta Barone
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Marta Barone goes in search of her father, after his death. While telling the story of his secret lives, Barone describes one of the darkest periods of Italian history. Very powerfull and emotional autobiographical text!

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Terra Alta | Javier Cercas
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Police detective in a remote Spanish region called Terra Alta investigates the murder of a local elderly businessman and his wife while struggling with his personal issues. Highly recommended!

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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This is the best book I've read recently! A story about Shuggie's growing up in Glasgow during the 1980s with his alcoholic mother. Wonderful, sad, touching, well written text on destroyed childhood, povery, abuse, addiction and the last years of working-class Glasgow. Booker prize well deserved!

TheLudicReader Such a great book. 5mo
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Brother | David Chariandy
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Very emotional and powerfull story about growing up in Scarbourough's immigrant community. By going back and forth in time, this novels tells a story about migrants frim Trinidad to Canada and their sens of belonging. Loved it!

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Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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I saw the movie few months ago and I loved it so much that I have decided to read the short novel too. And it's even better than the movie! Has few layers of meaning that are not present in a film. I love all Elena Ferrante's novel but could say this is my favourite. She writes about motherhood in a way that is so unique, so rare and so true😍

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Anonymus woman kept a diary from April to June 1945 in Berlin and describes everyday life after the Russian troupes envaded the city. Hunger, omnipresent death, mass raping of German women... Strong narrative voice retells the horrors with a dose of humour. A must read for those who are interested in WWII.

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Kukum | Michel Jean
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After marring Thomas, Almanda starts living with Innu family and shares their nomadic life until it was no longer possible. A novel based on Michel Jean's great- grandmother's life story. Beautiful book and touching representation of innu traditions, values and way of living.

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Soldiers of Salamis | Javier Cercas
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Javier Cercas tries to find an answer to the question why three Republican soldiers saved frankist politician's life at the end of the Spanish civil war. He starts an investigation in archives, libraries and searchs for living witnesses...

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After getting injured at the Eastern front in 1943, 24-year-old Veit Kolbe falls in love with Margotwhile recovering in Austrian mountains. A year passes by and he needs to get back to the front... Horrors of war seen from the perspective of a Wermacht soldier. Captivating, profound and poetic anti-war novel.

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I wanted to read this novel for ages but never did it. I bought a copy in Ferrara few weeks aho, as a souvenir, and finally read it. In a day. A real masterpiece!

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Javier Cercas's great-uncle died at the age of 19 during the Spanish civil war. He was a frankist and a member of Falanga. Cercas has spent years searching for documents and witnesses who still remember Manuel Mena, trying to understand how he ended up on a wrong side of history.

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Snow: A Novel | John Banville
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Rural Ireland, 1950s, snowy winter, murdered priest, family secrets... perfect ingredients for a perfect crime fiction. John Banville at his best!

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Apeirogon: A Novel | Colum McCann
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Bassam and Rami lost their daughters in the Middle East conflicts. One is Palestinian and the other Israeli. Two men, united by grief, become friends. Their lives will nevee be the same. McCann has written an extraordinary texts that combines fictional and non fictional elements.

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La felicit del lupo | Paolo Cognetti
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Another excellent Cognetti's novel on finding fullfilement and hapiness in mountains... Pure joy☕🍪📚 Paolo Cognetti is definitly my favorite Contemporary Italian writer!

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History of Bees | Maja Lunde
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Excellent novel! Raising environmental awarness is only one of its fortes.

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Paris Library | Janet Skeslien Charles
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Odile's dream comes true when she becomes a librarian at the American library in Paris. But her life, as well as those of her family members, friends and collegues, soon becomes extremely difficult, after the occupion of France. Decades later, her teenage neighbour Lily would like to know why Odile moved to Montana after the WWII.

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Les Ames silencieuses | Melanie Guyard
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Loïc spends few weeks in his grandmother's house and discovers the hidden family secrets. Everything changed when the Nazis arrived at the village in 1943...

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I'm Staying Here | Marco Balzano
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Trina narrates her life story: life in a small village in Italian Alto Adige region, fascism, surviving the WWII, daugher's disapearence, destruction of her village... Fascinating and very well written story!

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Frances | Joanna Hellgren
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Frances, a 7 years old girl, moves to her aunt and senile grandfather's house after losing her father. While she tries to adjust to her new life, family secrets from the past are beeing revealed.

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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. 13mo
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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 😍 1y
mirnass It is🙂 1y
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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. 2y
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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! 2y
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! 2y
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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.