Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Browse: The World in Bookshops edited by Henry Hitchings

Browse: The World in Bookshops
edited by Henry Hitchings

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Published: 2016
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Genre: Non-fiction, Essays
Hardback: 253
Rating: 5

Jane Austen sighting:
English, at the time, was the third language in my life but I fell in love with it fast and hard, Chalres Dickens, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Oscar Wilde, and then one day, Jane Austen.
-My Homeland Is Storyland by Elif Shafak, page 238

Edited and introduced by the writer and critic Henry Hitchings, these fearless, passionate, inquiring essays by award-winning international writers celebrate one of our most essential, but endangered, institutions: the bookshop. From Denmark to Egypt, from the USA to China, Browse brings together some of the world's leading authors to investigate bookshops both in general and in particular - the myriad pleasures, puzzles and possibilities they disclose.

The fifteen essays reflect their authors' own inimitable style - romantic, elegant, bold, argumentative, poetic or whimsical - as they ask probing questions about the significance, the cultural and social (even political) function as well as the physical qualities of the institution, and examine our very personal relationship to it.

Contributors include:

Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Stefano Benni (Italy)
Michael Dirda (USA)
Daniel Kehlmann (Germany)
Andrey Kurkov (Ukraine)
Yiyun Li (China)
Pankaj Mishra (India)
Dorthe Nors (Denmark)
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya)
Elif Shafak (Turkey)
Ian Sansom (UK)
Iain Sinclair (UK)
Ali Smith (UK)
Saša Stanišic (Germany/Bosnia)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia)

My two-bits:

Loved the visits to small independent bookshops around the world. Interesting to note that many mentioned have closed since being written about.

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