“Why roots were rated so highly compared with branches or leaves, Peri had never understood. Trees had multiple shoots and filaments extending in every direction, under and above the ancient soils of the earth. If even roots refused to stay put, why expect the impossible from human beings?” - Elif Shafak Rather than this being … Continue reading Elif Shafak and Three Daughters of Eve
I grew up in a country of extreme contrasts, where a minority of educated people tried to lead normal lives amidst the chaos created by functionally illiterate citizens. For decades, my native country has been at the bottom of every book consumption list. For a very long time, I haven't realized the consequences of this … Continue reading Reading Books Makes the World A Better Place
Follow my blog with Bloglovin The kind of literature that most people prefer is that which has at least a pinch of familiarity. This may well be found in the names of characters, cultural aspects, the locations or simply in the writer's thought process. But does one need to be British to enjoy Jane Austen? … Continue reading The Importance of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone
We are all familiar with The Alchemist and One Hundred Years of Solitude, international bestsellers whose titles are repeated as mantras in any discussion about South American literature. But having talked with moderate readers from Europe, I was saddened to see many have never even heard about - let alone read - some of my … Continue reading Is South American Literature Being Overlooked These Days?
One of my favorite evening rituals is spending time with a book in bed. For the last couple of days I have been ravenously reading Stephen King's The Gunslinger, the first book of The Dark Tower series. Through his writing, King has created in my mind a fertile ground for dreams so vivid and filled … Continue reading Does the King Ever Keep You Awake at Night?
Who doesn't enjoy a good story based on real events? I know I do. But more than that, I have learned to appreciate stories inspired by people who have left their mark on history. Such is the case of Julius Popper, a Romanian-born Argentine explorer and slayer of the natives from Tierra del Fuego in … Continue reading The Emperor of Patagonia
UNESCO designated Athens as the next World Books Capital. The city is committed to promoting books and reading via a range of activities over the span of one year, starting on April 23rd, when the World Book Day is celebrated. The city will organize meetings with writers, illustrators, translators, concerts, exhibitions, poetry readings and various … Continue reading World Book Capital 2018: Athens