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An Ottoman Traveller, Evliya Çelebi – Dankoff & Kim, trans. ed.

Undoubtedly, the most amazing parts of Dankoff and Kim’s volume are Çelebi’s accounts of the late medieval Europe. It is written with an incredible degree of confidence, bordering on arrogance, of a devout Muslim.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Books on the Making of the Modern Middle East – Rogan, McMeekin, Hardy, Wheatcroft

We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Four are chosen for a critical review below. They are works by experts, well-researched, and highly readable and infinitely more obje...

 
 
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Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens

His boy had faded into dust, his proud wife had sunk into a polluted creature, his flatterer and friend had been transformed into the worst of villains, his riches had melted away, the very walls that sheltered him looked on hi...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies

One of the most beloved works of Robertson Davies, this set contains three books full of wittiness and intrigue.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr – E.T.A. Hoffmann

Tomcat Murr is a loveable, self-taught animal who has written his own autobiography. But a printer's error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. As the two versi...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Map and the Territory – Michel Houellebecq

The future of post-industrial Europe, the art market and what it says about our cultural situation, the loneliness of modern European societies, and much more.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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The Nigger of the Narcissus – Joseph Conrad

One of the best and most terrifying descriptions of a storm at sea. Incredible metaphors and mastery of the use of language.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Number Zero – Umberto Eco

Eco's most recent novel tackles on a conspiracy to keep Mussolini alive and what it leads to; the real way in which news is fabricated and journalistic influence used. Very entertaining.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago

This is a most beautiful novel, a great love story developed against the background of the construction of the wonderful palace-monastery of Mafra.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Poem of the Cid – Anonymous

Wonderful most ancient literary text in Spanish, takes you right into the Middle Ages, when Christians and Muslims were engaged in constant war.