91 Chile: Isabel Allende – Das Geisterhaus
‘The House of Spirits’ had lived on my shelf since my last year at uni, my first uni that is. Having read it now, more than 15 years later, I think it was rather good that I let the book lie there and wait. Back then, I probably wouldn’t have appreciated the grotesque characters who can communicate with spirits. What’s more, it’s likely that all the political implications would have gone straight over my head. Whereas now, I just loved it and devoured the 500 pages within a couple of days.
92 Faroe Islands: Heðin Brú – Ketil und die Wale
Here’s another book that came from a shelf where it had been living forever, in this case from my dad’s. ‘The Old Man and his Sons’ was short. Nevertheless, I thought it was a marvellous introduction to what life was like on the Faroe Islands in the early or mid-twentieth century. It also reminded me of the book I read for the Basque Country in a way that the story was set in a small contained space, but expressed sentiments which ring true for any community of humans. Interestingly, the book was selected ‘Book of the twentieth century by the Faroese.’
93 Laos: Outhine Bounyavong – Mother’s Beloved
To continue the shelf-motive, this book came from my husband’s shelf were it had hibernated for at least a decade. It’s a collection of short stories. So, as so very often happens with this kind of book, I liked some better (especially the ones with an environmental touch) than others (which crossed the line into communist propaganda from my point of view). All in all, the book offered a glimpse into rural and urban life in Laos and how it developed over the years.
94 Lesotho: Mpho ‘M’atsepo Nthunya – Singing Away the Hunger: Stories of a life in Lesotho
Now, this is a book that I got from a second-hand seller off the internet. And guess what, it came with an autograph by the author, what a lovely surprise! The stories in the book encapsulated all aspects of life with all its ups and downs. Although the author is not a professional writer, her way of narrating was gripping and I really enjoyed reading about her life. I think that the editor, K Limakatso Kendall, had a brilliant idea when she helped Nthunya publishing her book.