We continue sharing recommendations of CAYN friends on best fiction and nonfiction books read in 2016. This time we are sharing recommendations of Jomart Ormonbekov: "Anil's Ghost" by Michael Ondaatje.
Because I moved to South Asia, I tend to read more books about the region written by the authors from this region. Ondaatje, the Canadian author of infamous " The English Patient", was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the West long time ago, but he returns to his Dutch, Tamil and Sinhalese ancestry quite regularly in his books. "Anil`s Ghost" is his attempt to look into the horrible history of civil war in Sri Lanka through the eyes of a young forensic expert commissioned by the UN to conduct investigation into human rights violations during the war. The book is not only about the horrors of the war, and its impacts on lives of ordinary people. It is more about a lost identity, balancing between the West and the East, and the attempt of coming back home and reconciling the present "yourself" with your past version.
I want to read in 2017: "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara "Hiroshima" by John Hersey: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1946/08/31/hiroshima
I read so many non-fiction texts for my work, mainly on history of Maldives and Islam, as well as Crisis Group reports, that I was really carried away by this long-read published by The New Yorker in 1946 about stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The article was later printed as a book selling millions of copies, and was referred to as "anything being written that could be of more importance at this moment to the human race". The text is a fine example of using some fiction text writing styles to non-fiction reporting, with details so thorough and almost documental that one could easily visualize the context. Even after 70 years it was first published the article appears still relevant to the state of affairs of today.
I want to read in 2017: "On Literature" by Umberto Eco
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