Barbara Hoffert

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Our Riches

Both gorgeous paean to literature and historically astute observation; highly recommended for book lovers everywhere.

 

Tropic of Violence

Appanah’s heartrending, insightful story makes us understand--and feel--the steps leading toward bloody confrontation in this relentless world.

 

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The Drive

An unexpected story of resistance to military life, sobering and nuanced.

 

The Punishment

A masterly and important evocation of brutal political repression.

 

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I Live in the Slums

Sheer reading pleasure for sophisticated readers and a worthy starting point for initiates.

 

The Belle Créole

In this masterly work, Condé makes the complexity of Dieudonné’s situation evident and his suffering vividly real.

Difficult Light

González (The Storm) unfolds the story in luminous, reverberant language all the more heart-wrenching for eschewing graphic detail; David’s painterly sensitivity is enough. Magnificent.

 

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The Disoriented

Having moved from Beirut to Paris with the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War, the Prix Goncourt–winning Maalouf (The Rock of Tanios) deftly lets us know how the changes wrought by time’s passage really feel, especially when one has traded continents and cultures.

 
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Little Eyes

Of a piece with Schweblin’s elliptical Fever Dream and the disturbing story collection A Mouthful of Birds, both runners-up for the Man Booker International Prize, this jittery eye-opener will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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