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photo 2015-03-08 01:32
The Heroine Next Door - Zeena Nackerdien
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer - Siddhartha Mukherjee
Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited - Vladimir Nabokov,Stefan Rudnicki
Men Without Women - Ernest Hemingway
Of Warriors, Lovers and Prophets: Unusual Stories from South Africa's Past - Max du Preez

Hi everyone!

I am so excited that my first book is finally in print.
My earliest memories of growing up involve sitting next to my father, as he drove a green truck filled with chattering children, to a Muslim primary school located in the whites-only neighborhood of Paarl. This prosperous South African tourist attraction and home of the Afrikaans Language monument can trace its roots of its name (Afrikaans for "pearl ') back to the description given by a Dutch colonist, Abraham Gabemma, when he saw a granite rock on one of its mountains gleaming after a rain storm. Three years later, in 1660, different Dutch settlers would give a street the same name after the oysters found in a New York river. Little did I know, as I watched my father teach overflowing classes of children the three R's (reading, writing, and arithmetic) and I learned about nature from my mother (an avid gardener), that I would one day find myself in New York City.
Had I been the meticulous diarist of my later years, the stories of analyzing geraniums for signs of viral infections and probing the plump, yellow flesh of loquats in a tree (while hiding from my mother for some long-forgotten transgression), would be chronicled in glowing detail and cross-referenced with comments from my brothers. Instead, in my incarnation as a writer and given the vagaries of lost memories, I chose to write a work of fiction that is inspired by people and events that I have had the privilege to witness over the years. Because I am South African by birth, "The Heroine Next Door," has a strong regional flavor, focusing on the pre-and post-apartheid era, before transitioning to the USA and Europe, and the impact of path-breaking infectious and non -communicable disease research on the lives of people in Africa. However, the core identity and relationship issues that the main character, Leila, struggles with are ones that resonate with me and hopefully with the readers. With that in mind, I plan on continuing to write about relationships, sometimes in the idiom of the religion in which I was raised, Islam, and to creatively meditate about my other great loves, including history, news (I am a news junkie) , education for all, and science.
Source: heroinenextdoor.com
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photo 2015-01-16 13:50

Lolita by Nabokov was so controversial that only one press (Olympia Press) was willing to publish it in 1955. Putnam in the United States changed its mind in 1958, after the novel became a hit. Source:http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/20-literary-facts-to-impress-your-friends-with#.usPPJL8gZ

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photo 2014-11-05 16:10

Fight, fight, fight!

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photo 2014-06-22 23:10

Vladimir Nabokov zeichnet die Wege in Ulysses nach

Valdimir Nabokov reconstructs Leopold Bloom's way in Ulysses


Ist es zu spät für einen Bloom Day Post? Wahrscheinlich ja. Aber trotzdem.

Is it too late for a Blooms Day post? I guess it is. But anyway.

Source: saetzeundschaetze.com/2014/06/18/literarische-orte-vladimir-nabokov-zeichnet-die-wege-in-ulysses-nach
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photo 2014-05-12 18:09
'Ada, or Ardor' by Vladimir Nabokov, First Edition

Sometimes you walk into the bookstore just to pass a few minutes. Sometimes, you already have a full shelf of books you have not read, but you are in the neighborhood and you don't see the harm in stopping for a minute or two. Sometimes, money is a little tight so extra books need to be seen as low priority purchases. Then, sometimes you find a first edition Nabokov and realize that groceries are overrated. 

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