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(From Time Out Beijing) Non-fiction – Factory Girls: Voices From the Heart of Modern China by Leslie T Chang: An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.China has 130 million migrant workers, the largest migration in human history.Then there’s a very long historical novel about Slovakia in the 20th century which has sold well in English: The House of the Deaf Man by Peter Krištúfek, translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood.
Non-fiction: Havel: A Life by Michael Žantovský: Václav Havel was a Czech writer and philosopher who became a leading dissident after the Prague Spring of 1968.
This authorised biography by Michael Žantovský, Havel’s spokesman, details all aspects of a man with a universal message who is honoured by a bust in Leinster House.
With that in mind, we asked the Department of Foreign Affairs to canvass our extensive network of overseas-based diplomats for their book recommendations, both fiction and nonfiction, which they believe shine a useful light on the country where they are based.
Cyprus Fiction: Eastern Mediterranean by Ivy Meleagrou (written before the attempted coup by Greek-backed forces and invasion by Turkey in 1974, but only recently translated and published by Moufflon, it conveys a very atmospheric Nicosia, all the more meaningful to us with the benefit of hindsight.
The two cities of Chang’s youth form the backdrop to Love in a Fallen City.