The Architect’s apprentice – Elif Shafak

Set during the Ottoman Empire’s greatest period, Elif Shafak’s novel transcends all the ontologically engrained dichotomies : East/West, Self/Other, Domestic/Foreign etc… Jahan, arrives in Istanbul with the long-awaited White Elephant “Chota”. He starts working for the Sultan as Chota’s tamer in the Palace’s menagerie. His bright mind and quirkiness quickly impress the Palace’s master architect, …

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La civilisation, ma mère…! de Driss Chraïbi

Dans le Maroc des années 30, deux fils racontent la renaissance de la femme Marocaine qui se libère de l’aliénation conjugale et des normes sociales pour s’ouvrir au monde extérieur et au savoir. C’est à travers un récit boulversant décrivant leur mère que cette libération est explorée. ⁣⁣D’abord obnibulée par des objets qu’elle associe à …

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Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi

Celestial bodies - Winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize⁣⁣The first novel by a Omani woman to be translated to English! The story follows the lives of three sisters and their families who embody the intense transformation of Oman, decades after achieving its independence from Britain in 1951. As readers, we progressively witness the …

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لا غالب الا الحب للشاعر نزار قباني

شعر نزار قباني من أجمل القصائد التي قرأتها حيث يتمكن الشاعر من قدرة خارقة على إيجاد استعارات و تشبيهات رائعة. خلال هذه الأزمة الصحية التي تقتحم الشبكات الاجتماعية، أردت أن أقاطع الخطابات السلبية بهذه الأبيات الفريدة من نوعها⁣ Nizar Qabbani’s poems are one of the most beautiful I have ever read as his poetry encompasses …

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10 minutes, 38 seconds in this strange world – Elif Shafak

A very special book to me. I have always been a big fan of Elif Shafak’s writing but this one exceeded all my expectations. Elif Shafak was inspired by an article which claimed that the mind still functioned for 10 minutes and 38 seconds after death. During these last moments of consciousness, memories of one’s …

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Noam Chomsky – Who rules the world?

I’m currently reading Who rules the world? by Noam Chomsky 📖 and I learned a lot so far! The author examines the truth behind the mainstream US Foreign Policy narratives we tend to hear about in the media. Many issues are covered such as US-China relations, the sanctions on Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the so-called …

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Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Prisoners of Geography examines how the decisions of political leaders are constrained by mountains, rivers, seas and many other geographical factors which tend to be overlooked. The book is divided into ten parts: Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and the Arctic.  I think that this book …

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Confidences à Allah – Saphia Azzeddine

C’est un livre percutant. L’écriture est crue, vulgaire, une vraie claque qui nous fait réfléchir. Saphia Azzeddine nous conte l’histoire de Jbara, bergère des montagnes écorchée par la vie, oppressée par une société d’hommes où être femme est synonyme d’adversité. Jbara se bat pour exister, pour reprendre son souffle là où on l’a écrasée, avec …

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