Books from Everywhere: Rest of World's 2021 Reading List

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A Woman Like Her: The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch

Sanam Maher

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

Sanam Maher鈥檚 vivid, fast-paced book details the rise of Pakistan鈥檚 first social media celebrity, the society provoked by her digital persona, and the events which eventually led to her murder. The star Qandeel Baloch rose to fame with revealing images and taunts to religious figures. Her provocative posts, viewed by millions, were littered with death threats and derision, but people couldn鈥檛 stop watching. She was strangled in her sleep by her youngest brother in a so-called honor killing. Packed with evocative scenes recreated from hundreds of interviews, Maher probes the ways that Baloch both captivated and incensed Pakistani society.

Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move

Nanjala Nyabola

14,99 鈧

Kenyan essayist Nanjala Nyabola tackles everything from migration and racial identity to traveling as a woman in a book that considers travel in a world where guidebooks are not written with you in mind. Nyabola describes the narratives about Africa that she encountered in over a decade of solo travel from Sicily to Kathmandu to New York and beyond, and how these limiting conceptions and exclusionary legacies shaped her ideas about herself and human movement in the world.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain: Shortlisted for the 2020 Edward Stanford 'Fiction with a Sense of Place' award

Pitchaya Sudbanthad

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

Sudbanthad鈥檚 time-traveling debut novel charts political, technological, and social change in Thailand. The atmospheric book begins with a feverish and misguided missionary and winds its way through the story of multiple generations loosely interconnected by a house in the heart of Bangkok. The novel moves forward in time with every chapter, each walking a slightly different storyline through the shape-shifting city. Readers ultimately land in a watery, high-tech future where humans choose to become cyborgs in a quest for immortality amid the flooded remains of the city that has been drowned by climate catastrophe.

El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord

Noah Hurowitz

20,00 鈧 18,60 鈧

At this point, between Netflix shows, newspaper headlines, and unfortunate Sean Penn profiles, everyone knows the tale of El Chapo. Noah Hurowitz, who covered the trial for Rolling Stone, documents the Mexican drug lord鈥檚 rise and fall 鈥 and an underappreciated element of the saga. It turns out that the cartel leader was a technology junkie. He was obsessed with surveillance tech, at one point working with his personal IT assistant to try to install spyware on every computer in a nearby city. Unfortunately, as Hurowitz details in his riveting account, El Chapo鈥檚 love for gadgets 鈥 and Blackberry鈥檚 BBM in particular 鈥 ultimately led to his downfall.

Our Women on the Ground: Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

Zahra Hankir

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

This eye-opening and emotional collection from 19 of the Middle East and North Africa鈥檚 top women journalists was compiled by one of their own, Lebanese-British journalist Zahra Hankir. The collected stories that describe their experiences reporting on the region defy clich茅s of typical foreign reporting, revealing the value of stories told by journalists who don鈥檛 need to bring interpreters to speak with their subjects. The book showcases the power of reporting done by women in a region where women are expected to follow prescribed conventions, and weaves a composite narrative about ambition, politics, death, and the work of documenting history.

Earthlings

SAYAKA MURATA

8,99 鈧 8,36 鈧

Following her critically acclaimed debut novel Convenience Store Woman, Murata explores a dystopian future set in Japan in which a young woman endeavors to break free of the expectations of The Factory, her term for society. The novel builds a vividly conceived and surprising parallel portrait of modern life in Japan, a page-turner by turns bold, intimate, and occasionally shocking. Murata鈥檚 characters find that, despite their best attempts, they can鈥檛 escape certain deeply ingrained beliefs.

Formation: The Making of Nigeria, From Jihad to Amalgamation

Fola Fagbule y Feyi Fawehinmi

19,98 鈧 18,58 鈧

Fagbule and Fawehinmi bring historical personalities to life as they tell of the creation of colonial Nigeria, an under-discussed topic for Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike. The authors argue that slavery, violence, and instability have been pivotal power dynamics in shaping Nigeria鈥檚 history. The book describes the rise and fall of the empires that shaped Nigeria and takes an engrossing look at the events that transformed a collection of nations into a British colony in 1914.

Caste Matters: | Dalit literature - book on oppression, reflection & reality

Suraj Yengde

18,98 鈧 17,65 鈧

The tentacles of the caste system touch almost every aspect of life in India, and for some, reach far beyond, as demonstrated by a landmark 2020 lawsuit that showed Dalits can鈥檛 escape the legacy of caste discrimination even as far away as Silicon Valley. In this honest and compelling book, Yengde draws on his experiences growing up as a poor Dalit child in India to challenge the foundations under which much of Indian society 鈥 and other societies with Brahminical influence 鈥 still operate today. At a time when the United States is grappling with uncomfortable discussions about race and inequality, Yengde鈥檚 writing is key to understanding just how deep-seated and rampant the caste beliefs are in one of the world鈥檚 most populous countries, and why they travel across borders.

Beyond the Valley

Ramesh Srinivasan

15,99 鈧 14,87 鈧

In this global book, the University of California, Los Angeles professor documents the innovation that is thriving outside of the bubble of Silicon Valley. Srinivasan provides a snapshot of how technologies travel, adapt, and improve in new environments and incorporates commentaries on the pitfalls of a Western-centric approach to technology. He takes readers to Mexico, East and West Africa, China, Scandinavia, and beyond, and argues that it鈥檚 time to think beyond the confines of a digital world defined by technologies developed in Silicon Valley.

The Salvage Crew

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

19,98 鈧

A hapless human crew commanded by a snarky artificial intelligence overseer is bound for what they expect to be a deserted, remote planet. They arrive to find it teaming with life 鈥 and a rival crew. This dystopian science fiction novel from Nebula Award-nominated Sri Lankan writer and activist Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is told from the perspective of the artificial intelligence known as OC, a part-time Buddhist poet, who paints a grim picture of a frontier future overrun by greedy corporations.

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

Ken Liu

8,99 鈧 8,36 鈧

Responsible for bringing readers English language translations of landmark Chinese science fiction like Liu Cixin鈥檚 The Three Body Problem, veteran translator Ken Liu is an award-winning science fiction writer in his own right. His mind-expanding talents are on full display in his latest experimental short story collection, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, a layered exploration of internet trolling, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and mortality.

Do Not Disturb

Michela Wrong

20,00 鈧 18,60 鈧

In deft unpacking of the narrative sold by Rwanda鈥檚 government after the country鈥檚 devastating genocide, Michela Wrong dispels the myths surrounding Paul Kagame鈥檚 often celebrated reign in Rwanda. Wrong takes readers through a history of the region in which the Rwandan genocide is only one among a series of atrocities committed. Drawing a vivid account of the events leading to the state-sponsored murder of exiled former spy chief Patrick Karegeya, Wrong pushes readers to question why Western governments have continued to be supportive of the Kagame regime.

The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project

Varagaur Krithika

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Krithika Varagur follows the billions of dollars that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has spent on the call to Islam through Indonesia, Nigeria, and Kosovo. Varagur investigates the appeal of Salafism abroad as the power of Wahhabism has grown in Saudi Arabia. Her reporting delves into the lingering effects of this global campaign on local religious landscapes, including the growing power of Saudi-educated clerics and increasing intolerance of religious minorities.

Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from the Eastern Mediterranean

Yasmin Khan

26,00 鈧 24,18 鈧

A reading list wouldn鈥檛 be complete without at least one cookbook. In her latest book, Yasmin Khan leads a personal, political, and culinary excursion through Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. Khan explores how borders, migration, and displacement manifest on the plate, writing about food through the people who cook it.