For someone who wishes to dedicate some time to read and often doesn’t because of their profession (or other reasons), it is best to turn towards recommendations by someone you know has great taste in books. Who is better to turn towards other than The Runaway’s author Fatima Bhutto?
Like everyone ending the year with a compilation of their favourite music, movies, and shows, Fatima too has released her list of top 5 books that stood out to her. However, the author”didn’t find 2021 a great reading year”.
1. The Night in Gethsemane: On Solitude and Betrayal by Massimo Recalcati
First on the list is The Night in Gethsemane: On Solitude and Betrayal. Massimo Recalcati, a highly considered philosopher and psychoanalyst, has written a gripping, scholarly reflection on despair, distrust, disloyalty, and the prospect for a resurgence that resides in our most heartbreaking moments. The book has received 3 stars on Goodreads.
2. Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu
With 3.5 stars on Goodreads, this book has carved the second spot for itself in Fatima Bhutto’s top 5 books of 2021. Written by American writer and memoirist Nadia Owusu, who also won a 2019 Whiting Award for the memoir. This is a coming-of-age story that digs into universal themes of individuality.
3. Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Apeirogon novel by an Irish writer of literary fiction, Colum McCann, was published in February 2020. The novel investigates the dispute in the Middle East. It tracks the anecdote of two men who each lost a daughter. One is Palestinian, the other Israeli.
4. The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Published in 2017, The Erratics is an award-winning memoir dispatched with dark humour and brutal honesty. It narrates anecdotes of two sisters who reckon with the recovery and death of their oppressive mother and care of their psychologically terrorized father.
5. Barcelona Dreaming by Rupert Thomson
Published in June of 2021, written by Rupert Thomson, the novel is set on the evening of the financial crash that took place in 2008. The book comprises 3 stories that are interlinked by place, time, and movement of a rich cast of characters.
Pakistan’s Greatest Cultural Strength is Daring & Fearless Artists, Thrilled Zindagi Tamasha is Representing Us At Oscars 2021: Fatima Bhutto. Read the full story here:
Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto is thrilled that Sarmad Khoosat’s Zindagi Tamasha has been submitted for Oscar consideration in the International Feature Film Award category for Oscars 2021 by Pakistani Academy Selection Committee. She expressed her joy in a tweet: Pakistan’s greatest cultural strength isn’t our diversity (we are diverse), range (lots of it), or style (brimming with it).
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