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A storm blew in from paradise

A storm blew in from paradise




Johannes Anyuru

A Storm Blew in from Paradise is both the story of Anyuru’s father, P, a Ugandan pilot who deserted, and Johannes Anyuru himself. Both men grew up without their fathers, an emotional void that had a serious impact on their lives. P makes a promising start as a fighter-pilot, but no matter what he does or where he goes, he is unable to escape his fate. He finds himself a refugee, on the run like a hunted animal–––while his only dream is to fly.

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Assumptions

Assumptions




Annelies Verbeke

Original and provocative, sometimes absurd, Assumptions challenges its readers to confront their own assumptions and prejudices. Characters appear and reappear throughout the book, creating connections within the narrative. Presented as a novel-in-stories, Assumptions displays how people believe they know more than they actually do.

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Craving

Craving




Esther Gerritsen

The relationship between Coco and her mother Elisabeth is uneasy, to say the least. Running into each other by chance, Elisabeth casually tells Coco that she is terminally ill. When Coco moves in with her mother in order to take care of her, aspects of their troubled relationship come to the fore once again. Elisabeth tries her best to conform to the image of a caring mother, but struggles to deal with Coco's erratic behaviour and unpredictable moods.

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Fortunate Slaves

Fortunate Slaves




Tom Lanoye

'The literary equivalent of Quentin Tarantino.'—Cutting Edge****

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Gliding flight

Gliding flight




Anne-Gine Goemans

Inventive, dreamy Gieles lives with his father and a flock of geese on a spotters' campground next to an airstrip. Gieles is longing for affection – from the mysterious dreadlocked girl he has met online, and also from his mother, who is always away on hopeless missions to save the world. With an ingenious but dangerous plan he tries to attract their attention.

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HAH

HAH




Birgül Oguz

HAH traces the spiritual journey of a young woman mourning the loss of her father and his ideals. Compact, relentlessy creative, crackling like storms, each story is a powerful meditation on the act of mourning, conjuring up arresting imagery, striking dramatically different moods—anger, love, frustration, whimsy, tenderness and longing. It is a magical book about the life-changing revelations that happen to us when we grieve, a celebration of both life and death.

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Happenstance

Happenstance




Carol Shields

These two companion novels tell the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a rare time apart in their many years of marriage. In The Husband's Story, Jack is at home coping with domestic crises and two uncouth adolescents while immobilized by self-doubt and questioning his worth as a historian. In The Wife's Story, Brenda, travelling alone for the first time, is in a strange city grappling with an array of emotions and toying with the idea of an affair. Happenstance is a profound portrait of a marriage and of those differences between the sexes that bring life - and a sense of isolation - into the most loving relationships.

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Khomeini, Sade and me




Abnousse Shalmani

As a young girl, Abnousse Shalmani does not behave as good Iranian girls should; she refuses to be veiled. She is frank, provocative, intelligent, and lively. When her family goes into exile in Paris, she quickly discovers that Paris cannot provide the freedom she longed for. With the publication of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Islam becomes a hot topic in France and again she is faced with such issues as wearing the hijab. This time, empowered by French literature, Shalmani recruits such authors as the Marquis the Sade to support her fight against oppression. Part novel, part manifesto, Khomeini, Sade and Me is a feminist call to arms and an exhilarating reassertion of Liberté!

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Mary Swann

Mary Swann




Carol Shields

Mary Swann is the story of four individuals who become entwined in the life of Mary Swann, a rural Canadian poet whose authentic and unique voice is discovered only hours before her husband brutally murders her. Who is Mary Swann? And how could she have produced these works of genius in almost complete isolation? Mysteriously, all traces of Swann's existence—her notebook, the first draft of her work, even her photograph—gradually vanish in this engrossing novel exploring the surprising afterlife of a murdered poet. Full of mischief, Mary Swann is a novel about life, death and the ideas that live on after us.

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Mr. Miller

Mr. Miller




Charles den Tex

Michael Bellicher, a successful consultant, has everything going for him. During a night spent at work, he witnesses something he should never have seen. Michael has to flee to escape the conspiracy. But with every step he takes, he is followed by the mysterious Mr. Miller, who seems to know everything about him. Slowly but surely, Michael discovers how much of his life is ruled by technology. Will he ever regain control over his life?

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Saturday's shadows

Saturday's shadows




Ayesha Harruna Attah

The protagonists of Saturday's Shadows experience the fine line between sanity and madness as they try to find and hold on to love in the volatile world of 1990s West Africa. After a seventeen-year military dictatorship, a country tries to find its footing while the members of the middle-class Avoka family lurch towards destruction. They live in a politically complex climate, a time so tenuous that the country could easiliy dip back into its military past.

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Shadow woman




Barbara Joy

What do you do when you're married, but feel a deep, mutual love for your best friend's husband? And he sees no other way out than an act of desperation? Angela goes with her husband Sander on vacation in Sri Lanka. But Sander also struggles with something that puts their marriage in jeopardy. Then things happen that makes the situation untenable complicated. Shadow Woman is a poignant novel about an impossible love and secret grief, but it also shows the power of a woman who finds a new balance. Reviewers: Five stars. Very well written; a book you can't put down. Barbara Joy (born in 1954, married, two adopted daughters from Sri Lanka) feels like a fish in the water within the psychosocial genre. She preferably writes about controversial topics, where she shows things from different angles. She has won numerous awards and her short stories are published in several books. After years of teaching Dutch to refugees, she is coaching writers and is editor of 'LetterSpinsels' a collective of publishing writers.

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Shanghai Blue

Shanghai Blue




Tao Yue

When Lan, an adopted orphan, comes home to Shanghai after ten years in Europe, to try and locate her biological parents, everyone who could help is evasive—her identity is a mystery. Her only clue is cricket fighting—a millennium-old Chinese pastime turned gambling racket where the nouveaux riches meet the underworld by night. The deeper she digs into her own mystery, the more obscure and sinister it becomes. The truth takes her by surprise: the past is unspeakably worse than she thought—and now casts its shadow over the present.

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She is not me

She is not me




Golnaz Hashemzadeh

1980s Sweden. An Iranian family has reached safety after years in hiding. But when the parents’ visions of a new life in the northern land of freedom disintegrate in the face of harsh reality, it is their daughter who must carry the family’s dreams on her narrow shoulders. She reaches the top, fighting racism and prejudice along the way. But behind this perfect façade, she slowly loses control over both her health and happiness. Is this really what her family’s dream was about?

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Something Written




Emanuele Trevi

Rome, early nineties. A writer in his thirties, both cynical and naive, finds work in an archive, the Pier Paolo Pasolini Foundation, where he meets a shrewish old woman called Laura Betti. The encounter with the mad heroine of this book, a spiritual heir of the Friulian poet, is an encounter with Pasolini himself. Meanwhile, a hidden story in Petrolio, the unfinished novel by Pasolini, becomes a guide to the disenchantment of our time and the mysteries of life. Something Written tells the story of a farewell to adolescence and an entire era, and explores the eternal secrets of life.

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The afghan Vampires Book Club

The afghan Vampires Book Club




Michael Kaufman



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The dyslexic hearts club

The dyslexic hearts club




Hanneke Hendrix

Three women with severe burns share a hospital room under 24-hour police guard. As friendships form and their stories are revealed, they soon realize they have to run for their lives. A thrilling, comical and strangely comforting account of their adventures ensues. On the run from the police, hired killers and ghosts from the past, the unlikely trio face dangers they can only survive by sticking together. But will the truth be enough to save them?

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The helios disaster

The helios disaster




Linda Boström Knausgård

The Helios Disaster, a modern myth, is a unique, wonderfully written story about the relationship between men and gods, fathers and daughters, heaven and earth. A twelve year-old girl, born out of her father’s head like the goddess Athena, ends up in a foster home, starts to speak in tongues and is finally committed to a psychiatric institution. All this time, she dreams of seeing her father again. When they finally find each other, they run away together. Who are the girl and her father?

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The messenger

The messenger




Kader Abdolah

The Messenger is a retelling of the life of Muhammad. After Muhammad’s death, his right hand and chronicler Zayd wonders who the prophet really was. Through the testimonies of those who knew him best, he reconstructs the life of Muhammad, from his birth to his death.Muhammad is portrayed as a human being, a man with dreams, who develops from a prophet into a powerful leader.

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The republic of Love

The republic of Love




Carol Shields

A celebration of love in its many guises, The Republic of Love recounts the heartfelt tale of two of life’s unlucky lovers: Fay, a folklorist whose passion for mermaids has kept her from focussing on any one man; and, right across the street, Tom, a popular radio talk-show host who’s been through three marriages and divorces in his search for true happiness. Touching and ironic, The Republic of Love flies the flag for ordinary love between ordinary people.

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The stone diaries

The stone diaries




Carol Shields

Widely regarded as a modern classic, The Stone Diaries is a fictionalized autobiography chronicling the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman born in Canada in 1905. Beautifully written, yet deeply compassionate, it follows Daisy's life through marriage, motherhood and widowhood as she ages with the century. A subtle but affective portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life, this multi-award winning story deals with everyday issues of existence with an extraordinary vibrancy and irresistible quality.

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The time Of women

The time Of women




Elena Chizhova

Life is not easy in the Soviet Union at mid-20th century, especially for a factory worker who becomes an unwed mother. But Antonina is lucky to get a room in a communal apartment that she and her little girl share with three old women. Glikeria is the daughter of former serfs. Ariadna comes from a wealthy family and speaks French. Yevdokia is illiterate and bitter. All have lost their families, all are deeply traditional, and all become 'grannies' to little Suzanna. Only they secretly name her Sofia. And just as secretly they impart to her the history of her country as they experienced it: the Revolution, the early days of the Soviet Union, the blockade and starvation of World War II. The little girl responds by drawing beautiful pictures, but she is mute. If the authorities find out she will be taken from her home and sent to an institution. When Antonina falls desperately ill, the grannies are faced with the reality of losing the little girl they love - unless a stepfather can be found before it is too late. And for that, they need a miracle. Translated by Simon Patterson Edited by Nina Chordas

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The women of Lazarus

The women of Lazarus




Marina Stepnova

The Women of Lazarus is a mesmerizing story of love, loss and human genius. The story starts just after the Russian Revolution, when the highly gifted student Lazar Lindt arrives in Moscow carrying with him nothing but lice and a notebook. The Women of Lazarus tells a part of Lazar’s life story, following three important women in it: his mentor’s wife, his own young wife and their granddaughter. Set against the background of the twentieth century, Moscow and the fictional city of Ensk, Marina Stepnova describes the history of an exceptional family in a turbulent country.

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Under Manhattan

Under Manhattan




Erling Kagge

Polar explorer, author and philosopher Erling Kagge was the first person ever to walk alone to the South Pole and to surmount the 'three poles': North, South and the summit of the Mount Everest. Now he explores New York like never before—underground. Along with Steve Duncan, he descends into the network of sewers, subways and water tunnels that the city has to offer—all the way from The Bronx via Manhattan to the Atlantic Ocean. The account of their journey opens a world that has never been explored before.

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You Have Me to Love

You Have Me to Love




Jaap Robben

Mikael lives with his parents on a small remote island between Scotland and Norway. One day, his father disappears into the sea. Mikael keeps silent about what has happened. Guilt, consolation and reproaches consume him, until Mikael’s mother forces him to do the impossible.

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In my father's garden

In my father's garden




Jan Siebelink

Winner of the 2005 AKO Literatuurprijs - a true Dutch bestseller Translated by Liz Waters Throughout his long career Jan Siebelink has brought to life dozens of characters, yet never before has he come as close to his own roots as in this new novel. In My Fathers Garden is the gripping story of a father-son relationship, in which the father becomes obsessed by a fire-and-brimstone Calvinism. Hans Sievez has a profoundly religious experience at a decisive moment in his life. He is convinced he has been in direct contact with God. During the ensuing quest for eternal life, he loses control over himself, and his contact with his surroundings. This ultimately threatens his marriage and his relationship with his two sons. The local Calvinist congregation increases its power over him. Jan Siebelink describes the battle of a man who is no match for the irrational persuasions of faith. In My Fathers Garden is a moving novel of a love that is gradually overwhelmed, but will never disappear.
`In Dutch I have never read a novel so pure and therefore written so well. He deserves all the prizes we have this year.' -Vrij Nederland

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