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The White Book

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by Kang, Han (Y)
From the author of The Vegetarian and Human Acts comes a book like no other. The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. It is a book about mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit. It is as stunning investigation of the fragility, beauty and strangeness of life.
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A Short Border Handbook

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by Kapllani, Gazmend
After spending his childhood and school years in Albania, imagining that the mini-skirts and quiz-shows of Italian state TV were the reality of life in the West, and fantasizing accordingly about living on the other side of the border, the death of Hoxha at last enables Gazmend Kapllani to make his escape. However, on arriving in the Promised Land, he finds neither lots of willing leggy lovelies nor a warm ...
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Street Without A Name - Childhood and other misadventures in Bulgaria

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by Kapka Kassabova
“Street Without A Name” is a wry, vivid and honest recollection of, and reflection on, modern Bulgaria from poet & travel writer Kapka Kassabova. An irreverent and revealing personal portrait of a little-known country perched on the eastern edge of Europe - captured by one of its most eloquent and engaging expats.
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The Secret Lives of Buildings

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by Edward Hollis
The plans are drawn up, a site is chosen, foundations are dug: a building comes into being with the expectation that it will stay put and stay for ever. But a building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.
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Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill

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by Dimitri Verhulst
The Sunday Philosophy Club marks new territory - but familiar moral ground - from the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith. This novel sees the debut of Isabel Dalhousie a new and waspish female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem - and the mysteries of life.
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The Last Jews of Kerala

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by Edna Fernandes
Separated by a narrow stretch of swamp-like waters, and distinguished by the color of their skin, the Black Jews and the White Jews have been locked in a rancorous feud for centuries. Only now, when their combined number has diminished to less than 50 and they are on the threshold of extinction, have the two remaining Jewish communities in south India begun to realize that their destiny, and their undoing, ...
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The Tea Lords

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by Hella S Haasse
Rudolf leaves his comfortable origins in Delft by ship for Java to help run the family's estates there. He moves from plantation to plantation, attempting to understand the ways of the local peoples, their version of Islam and their relationship to their land. On a visit to the capital, Jakarta, he falls in love with a teenage girl, Jenny, who he courts surreptitiously via his sister, with grave consequence...
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Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia's Haunted Hinterland

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by Hugo-Bader, Jacek
From the author of the award-winning White Fever, Kolyma Diaries is an excursion into one of the world's last remaining badlands, a place full of Gulag ghosts and living wrecks. All along the 2000 kilometres of the Kolyma highway, Bader is plied with vodka. He hears mesmerizing, sometimes devastating, tales of the journeys that brought his 'fellow travellers', the people who give him lifts, to this benighte...
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City Of Thorns

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by Rawlence, Ben
To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no ot...
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City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp

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by Rawlence, Ben
To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no oth...
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The Appointment

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by Herta Muller
'I've been summoned, Thursday, ten sharp.' So begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker during Ceausescu's totalitarian regime. She has been questioned before, but this time she knows it will be worse. Her crime? Sewing notes into the linings of men's suits bound for Italy. 'Marry me', the notes say, with her name and address. Anything to get out of the country.As she rides the tram to h...
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The Still Point

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by Amy Sackville
At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape without a trace. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his return for decades, her dreams and devotion gradually freezing into rigid widowhood.
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Visitation

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by Erpenbeck/1
By the side of a lake in Brandenburg, a young architect builds the house of his dreams - a summerhouse with wrought-iron balconies, stained-glass windows the colour of jewels, and a bedroom with a hidden closet, all set within a beautiful garden. But the land on which he builds has a dark history of violence that began with the drowning of a young woman in the grip of madness and that grows darker still ove...
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The Wizard of the Nile - The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted

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by Matthew Green
Somewhere in the jungles of Uganda, there hides a fugitive rebel-leader: he is said to take his orders direct from the spirit world and, together with his ragged army of brutalised child soldiers, he has left a bloody trail of devastation across his country. Intrigued by the myths, Matthew green heads off into the war zone, meeting the victims, the peacemakers and the regional prowerbrokers, as he tracks do...
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Sugar in the Blood

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by Stuart Andrea
In the late 1630s, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor set sail from England, lured by the promise of the New World, to settle in Barbados where he fell by chance into the lucrative life of a sugar plantation owner. With George Ashby's first crop, the cane revolution was underway and would go on to transform the Caribbean into an archipelago of riches, establishing a thriving worldwide industry...
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Behind The Beautiful Forevers

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by Katherine Boo
At the perimeter of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport stands the Annawadi slum. Here, next to one of Asia's busiest transport hubs and the city's gleaming glass towers, lives rubbish collectors, builders and migrants from rural India.
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Still Counting the Dead

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by Harrison Frances
The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax. Caught in the crossfire were hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, doctors, farmers, fishermen, nuns and other civilians. And the government ensured through a strict media blackout that th...
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Ghost Of Afghanistan

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by Steele Jonathan
Yes, there are dozens of books on the Afghan wars. Most of them are all about firefights and heroics. But this is the first to take the events of the war Bush and Blair started and put them in the context of the Soviet war and even the British imperial wars that preceded them, and draw the lessons out, and make a sharp summary of what should happen next. Ghosts of Afghanistan stands out for the combination ...
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Nagasaki

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by Collie Craig
The events of a few days in August 1945 brought WWII to an end. They also destroyed the city of Nagasaki and killed 80,000 of its inhabitants, half of them instantly. Craig Collie is the first person to interview elderly survivors and descendants of the victims, and to stitch together their recollections with contemporary diaries and letters, and details from official documents. The result is a unique, unpr...
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One More Year

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by Sana Krasikov
The protagonists of Sana Krasikov's indelible stories are mostly women - some of them are new to America; some still live in the former Soviet Union, in Georgia or Russia; and, some have returned to Russia to find a country they barely recognize and people they no longer understand. Mothers leave children behind; children abandon their parents.
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