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Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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An arrival of new voice in American fiction.
It's as important as reading a Ta-Nehisi Coates, but with sense of humor, wit, and, oh, so, stylish! (and, don't forget, often super violent. Still with so much sense of style.)
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Taduno's Song by Odafe Atogun
"I sat down & read this one in one sitting. It's a short enough book to do that &, in a way, I think that may be the best way to read this one.

It's almost like an allegory, a short morality tale, & a fable mixed together. It was a very..." Read more of this review »
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Just over 40 years ago in early October 1978, I arrived in Leipzig in the GDR with 3 other British language students on an exchange programme lasting several months. It was the start of a continuing fascination with the country and its people, full o ...more
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Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
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A joy to read. I'd never heard of the book or author before and only learned of this book from one of those arbitrary newspaper listings of loosely connected recommendations, in this case the one book "you must read" from each country. I was fascinat ...more
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Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
"A Noir Farce.

In the closing months of WW II in provincial Czech, the social system of the national railways copes with the German military, allied raids, and the sexual fetishes of the local dispatcher. Amidst the detritus of war - dead and dying..." Read more of this review »
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