Travel Reads II: Czech Republic

Travel Reads II: Czech Republic

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Finding new reading material in the Czech Republic was slightly more difficult than in Poland. I couldn’t get recommendations from locals and bookstores with English editions of Czech books are few and far between. Finally, I ended up in a bookstore that had a healthy section of translated Czech literature; here’s what I found.

1. Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera
This fast-paced comedy is set over…

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Gogol, Nabokov and the Incomplete Novel

Gogol, Nabokov and the Incomplete Novel

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Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls is a Russian literature classic that’s been at the top of my to be read list for quite some time. The edition I read was divided into two parts. The first being the complete manuscript Gogol published in 1842 and the second containing fragments of the next part of the novel, which he never completed.

Part One was a great read, full of gregarious characters, rambling…

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Travel Reads: Poland

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After two weeks of travelling around Poland I’ve visited lots of bookstores and gotten quite a few reading recommendations. Since my knowledge of Polish literature is pretty much non-existant, everything is new to me and my reading list has grown rather quickly.

So, without further ado, here are the top five works of Polish literature that have been added to my reading list.

1. The Elephant by S…

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North Korea is Not Joke

North Korea is Not Joke

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A few days ago a <a href=”http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28014069″>BBC article about the new movie The Interview came up on my newsfeed, claiming that North Korea is threatening war over the film’s release. Most people reacted to this post with laughter; in response to not only the film’s trailer, but also to North Korea’s reaction.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on that bandwagon at first.…

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Recommended Reading: Girl, Interrupted

Recommended Reading: Girl, Interrupted

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Girl, Interrupted was a thrift store find. I had seen the movie but had never heard of the book. Clocking in at a little over 150 pages, I knew it would be a short, easy read. When I picked it up before bed the other night, I ended up reading well into the night and got up the next morning to finish it off: here’s why.

The book recounts Susanna Kaysen’s stay in a mental institution in the 1960s…

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