Stasiland, Anna Funder

I don't even remember when and where I bought this book back in 2010. I don't remember why I bought it- probably because the name had "Stasi" on it and I was maybe reading some Solzhenitsyn? Or perhaps I liked the bureaucratic dystopia of the image on the cover, dog-eared paper files with serial numbers. … Continue reading Stasiland, Anna Funder

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Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert

In the second book of the Dune series, we see the divergence from what would have been the regular tale of a Hero who avenged the death of his father. Instead we are treated to the beginnings of questions that will haunt us through the Dune series. How will humanity distort the original message of messiahs? Is it possible to imagine and control every single impact of mass-movements? Will that kill what it means to be human?

Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer

In June this year, I picked up Krakauer's book at the classic Oxford Book Store in Darjeeling. The Oxford Book & Stationary Store has a good collection of books and articles on the people and history of Darjeeling, Sikkim & other eastern-Himalayan countries. It also has books on Buddhism and mountain-climbing. The building facade is … Continue reading Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer