George Orwell – Animal Farm

An anthropomorphic anti-Soviet social satire, this book stirred up a fair bit of controversy, and initially, a multitude of publishers refused to print it, fearing the repercussions of the act. The book focuses on the animals of Manor Farm, and how they go the full circle, from being owned by men and working for them, […]

Gyorgy Dragoman – The White King

Dragoman’s The White King is a coming-of-age tale, based in a communist Romania, under the Ceausescu rule.  11 year old Djata, the book’s protagonist, lives alone with his mother, after his father has gone away on ‘business’. While his father had told him that he will be back within a couple of weeks, months have passed with […]

Milan Kundera – The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

This book is a novel in the form of variations. The various parts follow each other like the various stages of a voyage leading into the interior of a theme, the interior of thought, the interior of a single, unique situation, the understanding of which recedes from my sight into the distance. It is a […]

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