Amy Davies - December 11th, 2016
Today we are thrilled to be joined by East West Street author Philippe Sands as he shares his bookish Christmas gifting recommendations this us.
Books I will be offering as gifts this year include:
Mihail Sebastian’s magnificent, haunting 1934 novel, Two Thousand Years (Penguin Modern Classics), which is finally available in English, and best read alongside his Journal 1935-1944.
Han Kang’s Human Acts (Granta) is as affecting as anything I have read this year, an exquisite, painful and deeply courageous account of the 1980 Gwangju massacre in South Korea.
City of Lions (Pushkin) includes Josef Wittlin’s essay on his childhood city, published seven decades ago, an idyllic reminiscense of Lwów, a city he loved as sublime and loutish, wise and imbecilic, poetic and mediocre. The original photographs by Diana Matar unleash the imagination.
Le Roi René (Odile Jacob) recalls the extraordinary life of the great jazz pianist René Urtreger, who played with Miles Davis, disappeared, and is once more going strong, at 82. An enthralling memoir by Agnès Desarthe.
The Return, by Hisham Matar, recounts a personal journey through family and country into the trauma that is modern Libya, a meditation on love and family, on life and country. Beautiful, distressing, humane.
East West Street is out now in hardback, ebook and audio.
Keep an eye out on 13th December for a bumper book giveaway, including East West Street!
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