‘A foreign book we should all read’

The Independent recommends Nooteboom’s Rituals

10 February 2015

In The Independent blogger Ann Morgan recommends Cees Nooteboom’s Rituals as one of the ten foreign books we should all read.

Morgan describes Rituals (translated by Adrienne Dixon) as a ‘life-affirming’:

A novel about three suicides might not seem the cheeriest proposition, but this beautiful, thoughtful book about finding your way in the world is life-affirming.

Morgan decided in 2012 to set herself the task of reading a book from every UN-recognised country, plus Taiwan (196 states in all), in 12 months. On her blog ayearofreadingtheworld she kept track of her reading experiences.

Her 10 Books:

  1. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  2. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  3. A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  4. Your Face Tomorrow by Javier Marías
  5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  6. Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
  7. Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
  8. The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
  9. Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  10. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

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