The classic tale of a Nigerian woman who overcomes strict tribal domination only to encounter the hardships of immigration. Seeking an independent life for herself and her children she encounters racism and hard truths about being a new citizen.
The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent 1945 to the PresentAnchor #ad - From the ashes of world war ii to the conflict over Iraq, tolerance, democracy, William Hitchcock examines the miraculous transformation of Europe from a deeply fractured land to a continent striving for stability, and prosperity. He re-creates europeans’ struggles with their troubling legacy of racial, and national antagonism, and shows that while divisions persist, ethnic, Europe stands on the threshold of changes that may profoundly shape the future of world affairs.
Exploring the role of cold war politics in europe’s peace settlement and the half century that followed, Hitchcock reveals how leaders such as Charles de Gaulle, Willy Brandt, and Margaret Thatcher balanced their nations’ interests against the demands of the reigning superpowers, leading to great strides in economic and political unity.
Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968Plunkett Lake Press #ad - Kovaly’s memoir of these years that end with her emigration to the West after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 are a tragic story told with aplomb, humor and tenderness. Highly recommended. Publishers Weekly. Thereafter, Rudolf became deputy minister for foreign trade. Kovaly experienced the two supreme horrors of what Hannah Arendt called this terrible century.
In telling her story – simply, without self-pity – she illuminates some general truths of human behavior. Quietly, with cumulative force, it shows us how the totalitarian state feeds on the blindness and the weakness of man. Anthony lewis, the New York Times“A wonderfully expressive writer. One of the outstanding autobiographies of the century.
Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 #ad - San francisco chronicle“once in a rare while we read a book that puts the urgencies of our time and ourselves in perspective, making us confront the darker realities of human nature. For a time, the margoliuses lived like royalty, albeit reluctantly, but then, mostly of Jewish background, in a replay of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, Rudolf and others, were arrested and hung in the infamous Slansky Trial of 1952.
A story of the human spirit as its most indomitable.
Train To PakistanNormanby Press #ad - The only remaining oases of peace were a scatter of little villages lost in the remote reaches of the frontier. Train to pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate. In the summer of 1947, and all of northern india was in arms, in terror, ten million people—Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs—were in flight, By the time the monsoon broke, almost a million of them were dead, when the creation of the new state of Pakistan was formally announced, or in hiding.
Then one day, a silent, the “ghost train” arrives, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refugees, at the end of the summer, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war. One of these villages was Mano Majra. It is a place, khushwant singh goes on to tell us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years.
Train To Pakistan #ad - It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endures and transcends the ravages of war.
The Joys of Motherhood: A NovelGeorge Braziller Inc. #ad - Then, against the backdrop of world War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin.
First published in 1979, the joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” New York Times.
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South AfricaNew Millennium Books #ad - He currently lives in Portland, Gail, Oregon with his wife, and their three children. Also by mark mathabane: kaffir boy in america, african women: Three Generations, Love in Black and White: the Triumph of Love Over Prejudice and Taboo, Miriam's Song, available at Amazon. The author-narrator, johannes, is trapped in a terrifying world that robbed him of his childhood and forced him into the role of protector and provider for his younger siblings at an early age.
What gives kaffir boy its unique place in world literature is its central message that we are all human beings, and that the suffering of one individual leads to the suffering of humanity as a whole. It is the first widely published memoir written in English by a black South African. He continues to write about mankind's pressing need to abolish, once and for all, racial injustice, intolerance and prejudice of any kind.
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa #ad - This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is itself a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. For mark mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered "Kaffir" from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do - he escaped to tell about it. Powerful, intense, inspiring.
Publishers weekly"an eloquent cry from the land of silent people, where blacks are assigned by whites to a permanent role of inferiority. John barkham Reviews"Compelling, chilling, authentic.
The Bride PriceGeorge Braziller Inc. #ad - Frustrated and abandoned by their people, Aku-naa and Chike escape to a modern world unlike any they've ever experienced. First published in 1976, this great literary classic follows a young Nigerian woman who rejects the patriarchal traditions of her culture to find love and happiness in the western world.
Despite their joy, according to tribal lore, Aku-nna is plagued by the fear the she will die in childbirth--the fate, awaiting every young mother whose bride price is left unpaid. This second edition includes a new introduction by Dr. Marie linton umeh, author of Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta Africa World Press.
The Bride Price #ad - With pure honesty and subtle protest, Buchi Emecheta chronicles the unfair pressure and ultimate demise that women often suffer in Nigerian lore. The bride price is the poignant love story of Aku-nna, Chike, and her teacher, a young Igbo woman, the son of a prosperous former slave. As their tribe begins to welcome western education and culture, these two are drawn together despite the traditions that forbid them to marry.
Aku-nna flees an unwanted and forced marriage to join Chike, only to have her uncle refuse the required bride price from her lover's family.
The First World War: A Brief History with Documents The Bedford Series in History and CultureBedford/St. Martin's #ad - Explore the unprecedented nature of modern Total War as First World War outlines the origins, experiences, and legacies of World War I throughout and beyond Europe and the West.
A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism: Fables from a Mouse, a Parrot, a Bear, a Cat, a Mole, a Pig, a Dog, and a RavenPenguin Books #ad - Called "a perceptive and amusing social critic, with a wonderful eye for detail" by The Washington Post, Slavenka Drakulic-a native of Croatia-has emerged as one of the most popular and respected critics of Communism to come out of the former Eastern Bloc. A wry, cutting deconstruction of the Communist empire by one of Eastern Europe's exceptional authors.
Together they constitute an Orwellian send-up of absurdities during the final years of European Communism that showcase this author's tremendous talent. In a guided tour through the museum of communism, each from a different country, she offers a eight-part exploration of Communism by way of an unusual cast of narrators, who reflect on the fall of Communism.
Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron CurtainOxford University Press #ad - Sheffer describes how smuggling, kidnapping, rape, and killing in the early postwar years led citizens to demand greater border control on both sides--long before East Germany fortified its 1, 393 kilometer border with West Germany. Sheffer demonstrates that as soviet and American forces occupied each city after the Second World War, townspeople who historically had much in common quickly formed opposing interests and identities.
The border walled off irreconcilable realities: the differences of freedom and captivity, peace and bloodshed, rich and poor, and past and present. East and west germans became part of, and helped perpetuate, the barriers that divided them. Historian edith sheffer's unprecedented, in-depth account focuses on Burned Bridge-the intersection between two sister cities, Sonneberg and Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany's largest divided population outside Berlin.
Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain #ad - Ever since, imposed by communism, the image of this impenetrable barrier between East and West, has been a central symbol of the Cold War. Based on vast research in untapped archival, and private sources, oral, Burned Bridge reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, presenting it in a startling new light.
From the end of world war ii through two decades of reunification, Sheffer traces divisions at Burned Bridge with sharp insight and compassion, presenting a stunning portrait of the Cold War on a human scale. Indeed, sheffer shows that the physical border between East and West was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was in some part an improvised outgrowth of an anxious postwar society.
Ultimately, a wall of the mind shaped the wall on the ground.