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Barusan ini tadi baca cerpen yang judulnya "Sebelum Peluncuran," yang berkisah tentang usaha seorang penulis membentuk tubuhnya agar tampak tegap gempita berotot sebelum pelu...more
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"It's a well-translated book by a Syrian author who currently resides in Dubai. Narrated in first person by a movie maker visiting Syria and his childhood hometown to make a movie that's supposed to serve as the bridge between East & West, Sarmada has so far excited me w/ its casual narrative style and nicely-jumpy plot structure. Btw, it strangely doesn't read like a novel set in a land unknown to me that is Syria." Feb 26, 2013 08:37PM

 

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Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer
Troilus and Criseyde
by Geoffrey Chaucer
read in April, 2014
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A paragon of the English Romance from the 14th century, Troilus and Criseyde presents us with a delicate courtly love narrative, a friend and uncle who wants his friend and niece to fall in love with each other in the most natural way possible. The s...more
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A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
A Map of Home
by Randa Jarrar (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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This book is all about an amazing sense of humor and an extraordinary delicate play with stereotypes and the idea of stereotype itself. I just finished reading the book for the second time, and each time I enjoyed it, laughed with it, and thought wit...more
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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
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The Song of Roland by John Duval
The Song of Roland
by John Duval
read in April, 2014
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This is in my opinion the best translation of Song of Roland that I've read. I've read two earlier translations, but they are probably not for me. This translation is just right for the post-9/11 America, which is marked by the increase of interest i...more
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Children of the New World by Assia Djebar, أسيا جبار
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First of all, yes, indeed I finished three books on the same day. But of course I began reading each of them at least last week. :)

So, let's go back to business: Presenting the 24-hour time period from the perspectives of multiple characters in pre-i...more
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Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber
Crescent
by Diana Abu-Jaber
read in March, 2014
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With a mash-up of telenovela and framed-stories genres, Crescent is a book for those who are patient. Having said this, I'm not at all suggesting that this book is boring and stretched like telenovelas or never-ending like framed-stories. This is a n...more
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The Epic of Son-Jara by John William Johnson
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A translation of a transcription of an oral performance of the epic of the ancient empire of Mali (how many more ofs can you put in one opening sentence naturally?), this book will give you a combination of works by various individuals. The oral perf...more
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The Táin by Anonymous
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Transcribed in the 12th century in Old and Middle Irish, The Tain is set in the pre-Christian Ireland of the 1st or 2nd century Common Era. The epic narrates the unconventional battle between the kingdom of Ulster and the other kingdoms in Ireland. M...more
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The Tiller of Waters by Hoda Barakat
The Tiller of Waters
by Hoda Barakat
read in January, 2014
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The Tiller of Waters is a beautiful novel that is vulgarly illusive. Don't take me wrong; I have no grudge against it--you'll find the opposite at the end of this review. I use "vulgarly illusive" to denote the novel's quality for being illusive/elus...more
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