Here is a list of some books I acquired recently! I definitely plan on reading them all but because of a lack of time may not post reviews for each and every one of them.
1.Sword and Blossom by Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams
A real-life Madame Butterfly. The tragic love story of an aristocratic British officer and a young Japanese woman, played out against the turmoil of the early twentieth century.
Recommended by the delightful Jenclair who always points me to the most wonderful books, thanks!
2.The Solitude of Emperors is a stunningly perceptive novel about modern India, about what drives fundamentalist beliefs, and what makes someone driven, bold, or mad enough to make a stand.
I saw this book on the Random House site and knew right away I had to read it!
3."Season of Migration to the North" by Tayeb Salihموسم الهجرة إلى الشمال
Not too long ago the Guardian (UK) ran a piece titled "How Did We Miss These?" where 50 celebrated writers were asked to nominate brilliant but underrated novels that deserve a second chance to shine. There were some absolutely awesome suggestions of which I picked "Season of Migration to the North" (1966) by Tayeb Salih.
Poodlerat has this on her TBR list and I look forward to her review especially as she is doing a course on African Literature this year.
A Sudanese student returns to his village after many years in London and discovers a predecessor, Mustafa Sa'eed, who is hiding a disturbing English past. A short, powerful book, it explores the violence of misperception in culture, tradition and sexuality with tremendous poetic force
4.The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
A young Indian bride flees her marriage after overhearing her husband and mother-in-law plot her murder.
I bought this book after seeing it mentioned on the desilit newsletter.
5.In "Where War Lives" a Pulitzer Prize — winning journalist (Paul Watson) takes us on a personal and historic journey from Mogadishu through Rwanda to Afghanistan and Iraq.
I get many of my non-fiction recommendations from Sanjay of Karmically Speaking, this is another great one, thanks, Sanjay!
6."King of Bollywood is the all-singing, all-dancing back stage pass to Bollywood. Anupama Chopra chronicles the political and cultural story of
Comes recommended by Deepika Shetty of the wonderful and enlightening blog, Read@Peace. Deepika's blog is one of my favorite blogs for book news and views (especially South-East Asia). She also works closely with book/writer festivals taking place in the region and is usually one of the first to showcase writers from that area. I look forward to her every post. Look out for Deepika's posts on the Ubud Writer's Festival towards the end of the month.
7.Indian Summer depicts the epic sweep of events that ripped apart the greatest empire the world has ever seen, and saw one million people killed and ten million dispossessed. It reveals the secrets of the most powerful players on the world stage: the Cold War conspiracies, the private deals, and the intense and clandestine love affair between the wife of the last viceroy and the first prime minister of free India.
Saw so many brilliant reviews for this book I knew I just had to get it . Also saw this on Jenclair's wish list.
8.The Zookeeper's Wife is about one of the most successful hideouts of World War II. It's a tale of people, animals, transcendence, and subversive acts of compassion.
Another one suggested by Sanjay of Karmically Speaking, thanks !
8.Badlands by Tony Wheeler
"Badlands" is Tony Wheeler's personal account of his experiences in some of the most repressed and dangerous regimes in the world. He selected these 'Bad Lands' based on a simple criteria - how each country treats its own citizens, if it is involved in terrorism and if it is a threat to other countries. He examines nine countries - Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Saudi Arabia - in an incisive political and social commentary that asks 'what makes a country truly evil?
Recently Radio Australia featured an abridged reading of this book on a program called "First Person". From what I can see, this is a must-read for anyone interested in current affairs and world geography/history.