1) "The Bridge : A journey between Orient and Occident" by Geert Mak, hardback.
2) "Twice a Stranger:How mass expulsion forged modern Greece and Turkey" by Bruce Clark pbk.
In 1923 nearly 2 mil citizens of Turkey and Greece were moved across the Aegean- expelled because they belonged to the "wrong" religion. The author's fascinating account over these turbulent evemts draws pm mew research in Greece & Turkey and interviews of surviving refugees wo lived through those years.
4) "Imperium" by Ryszard Kapuscinski.
It is a story of an empire, the former USSR. Just before the Berlin wall came down, the author talkied to hundreds of ordinary Soviet people about their extraordinary lives and the terror from which they were emerging.
5) "Shah of Shahs" by Ryszard Kapuscinski. pbk
It depicts the final years of the Shah of Iran, the nature of the revolution and the devastating results of fear. There is a description of the tyrannical monarch who saw himself as "the father of a Nation", the people and how they lived terrorized by the secret police.
6) "The pleasures and sorrows of work" by Alain de Botton pbk
It is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, to make the modern frenzied world function. With the philosophical eye and the characteristic combination of wit and wisdom.
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9) "The Black book" by Orhan Pamuk pbk
A novel about a disappearance
10) "Clerical errors" by Alan Isler pbk
A delightful mix of both wit and profundity about a Catholic priest who has a secret: He doesn't believe in God. And that's not all. For the last 40 yrs he has shared his bed with his housekeeper. He also is a Jew, devoting his time in kabbalistic studies. A terribly funny novel.
11) "Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies" by Robert Irwin
12) "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb hardback
13) "Passport ot Enclavia: travels in search of a European identity" by Vitali Vitaliev
14) "How Proust can change your life" by Alain de Botton pbk
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