August 2018 Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Olá, hello everyone! With the Brazilian team out of the World Cup and the end of soccer euphoria in São Paulo, why not spend the rest of the winter reading some good books? For the next meeting, we decided to discuss one of the books presented during the July meeting: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” published in Protected content the Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It is his second book, following his bestselling Protected content , “The Kite Runner”. It tells the story of two women in Afghanistan: Mariam is an illegitimate child, and suffers from both the stigma surrounding her birth along with the abuse she faces throughout her marriage. Laila, born a generation later, is comparatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept a marriage proposal from Rasheed, Mariam's husband. The book was originally written in English and has been translated to various languages, including Portuguese ("A Cidade do Sol").
As complementary reading for anybody interested in entering more deeply into the context, especially the Soviet-Afghan war ( Protected content ), we recommend reading “Boys in Zinc” (also available in an older edition under the title of “Zinky Boys”) by Svetlana Alexievitch, the Protected content of the Nobel prize for literature. “Boys in Zinc” presents the honest testimonies of soldiers, doctors and nurses, mothers, wives and siblings who describe the lasting effects of war. Originally written in Russian, the book is available in various other languages.
The meeting will take place during the weekend, for a change (and based on participants’ preferences expressed at the last meeting). Protected content is a pleasant place in Jardins. Some may remember that an InterNations Official Event was held there a few months ago. It offers Thai food, but is also a relaxed place to have a caipirinha, juice, or some other drink. Located just a few blocks from the new Oscar Freire metro station (and walkable from Avenida Paulista), it should be convenient to reach for everybody.
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