The question ‘Who am I?’ is, probably, one of the most asked ones of all times. So it’s small wonder that the latest novels in my venture to read a book from each country and dependent territory also explore this particular issue. Both show too, at least in my opinion, that the very idea of a country or nation as basis of our identity is rather outdated and can sometimes even hurt.
49 Israel: Alona Kimhi – Weeping Susannah
The first few chapters were a real pain. Not because of bad writing or the story, but I felt drawn into the head of the main protagonists, and to avoid spoilers, she’s not an easy person to deal with. Step by step, however, she developed into something else, and this was reflected in the style of writing. I’m very glad I stuck with the book. It managed to surprise me to the last page.
50 Tanzania: Abdulrazak Gurnah – The Last Gift
This work, beautifully read by Lyndham Gregory, was my audiobook of the month. First of all, it made me quite curious to explore the history of Zanzibar. Secondly, I thought the writer was very good at giving personality to his characters; their motivations for their actions was utterly convincing. As a reader, I thought it was extremely easy to put myself into the protagonists’ shoes and then wonder, what would I have done? I find this high level of interaction rather rare. For me, this is a sign of brilliant writing.