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THE DOLL – Romance, by Bolesław Prus

Bolesław Prus – a Polish writer and journalist was born in Hrubieszów in 1847. Like many of his fellow countrymen, he was part of the uprising against the oppressed Russian Empire. He became a journalist, writing some short stories. “The Pharaoh,” is his most important novel, a book where he deals with the theme, he was most concerned about: the ...

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FATELESSNESS – Romance, by Imre Kertész

The Hungarian writer Imre Kertész was born in Budapest in 1929. He survived the Nazi extermination camps in 1944. He thought the “freedom” was the worst danger, which surrounded man, because freedom is the ultimate conquest, which makes it coward. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature for writing in 2002. In Communist Hungary, he and his work were banned. ...

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IN THE JAWS OF LIFE – Romance, by Dubravka Ugresic

The author plays with the characters of her tales, distributing roles over a narrative stage, which is full of brilliant parody. The novel “In the Jaws of Life” it’s a patchwork novel. There are symbols and the novel begins with a “Paper Pattern” rather than a Table of Contents, showing how the text will unfold. What saves this postmodern novel ...

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CASSANDRA AND THE WOLF – Margarita Karapanu’s novel

She was born in Athens (as a daughter of a writer), but grew up between Greece and France, studying film in Paris. First novel “Cassandra and the Wolf” of MARGARITA KARAPANU was published in France, Greece and other countires, finding the attention of critics and authors. This novel was first published in 1974 – and became a contemporary classic in ...

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TORTILLA FLAT – Romance, by John Steinbeck

In 1962, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his realistic and imaginative scriptures, impregnated with acute social perception. JOHN STEINBECK, one of the most well-known US writers of the twentieth century, was born in Salinas (California) in 1902. Here, he spent serene childhood, developing a strong bond with the Salinas valley and the nearby Pacific coast, spending part ...

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THE UNDERDOGS – Romance, by Mariano Azuela

He was born in 1873 in Lagos de Moreno (Jalisco). He had grown up in the small paternal farm, and this experience affected the settings of many of his tales. At the age of fourteen he entered a Catholic seminary, but soon abandoned religious studies. He studied medicine in Guadalajara, graduating in 1899. Military doctor in the revolutionary army, he ...

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EARTH DANCE – Novel, by Oka Rusmini

Her poems have been included (along with twelve other Balinese poets) in a book titled Bali Living in Two Worlds. OKA RUSMINI, born in 1967 in Jakarta, is a poet and novelist. She attends literary festivals both at home and abroad and has received numerous national awards. She currently lives in Denpasar (Bali), where she continues to use her writing ...

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NOLI ME TANGERE / TOUCH ME NOT – Novel, by José Rizal

It’s a novel written by José Rizal, born in Calamba in 1861, one of the national heroes of the Philippines, during the colonization of the country by Spain. His mother, one of the most educated women of the Philippines in her time, exerted a great influence on the intellectual development of her son, an early genius, who spanned in various ...

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THE SHADOW LINES – Novel, by Amitav Ghosh

He received honorary doctorates at Queens College in New York and the Sorbonne in Paris. Together with Margaret Atwood, he was also a winner of a David Dan Award in 2010. In 2011 he was awarded with the International Grand Prix at the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal. Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He is a writer, ...

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ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN – Romance, by Mahbod Seraji

He is an Iranian-American author, whose novel “Rooftops of Tehran” was acclaimed by critics in 2009. Mahbod Seraji was born in Bandar Anzali in 1956. He moved to the United States in 1976 to attend the university. He received his BS in Civil Engineering, MA in Broadcasting and Film, and Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of ...

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