Here are the top books of Jaipur Literature Festival for the past decade
The air is crisp and it is the perfect weather to cozy up with a book and maybe brave the chilly winds to attend literary fests in the comfortable winter sun.
ZEE JLF exclusively shared the shortlist of all the amazing books and authors discovered and loved over the 10 years of the Festival starting 2006 for you to play catch-up to, with
There are of course categories over which the favorites have been divided and here they are:
1) Female Writers - ‘Badass
-Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by
-Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middles East Needs a Sexual Revolution by
- Postmodern feminist classic The Handmaid's Tale by the brilliant
-'We Should All Be Feminists' by
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2) Memoirs - Known to inspire the most latent of dreams, learning from the experiences and challenges of others.
-Jung Chang's family saga Wild Swans; Molly Crabapple's stunning memoir-manifesto.
-Drawing Blood; In Other Words by
-Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom, an autobiographical work of fiction of a boy's account of life with his mentally ill mother.
3) Hindi and
-Saadat Hasan Manto, an Urdu writer seen by many as a master of the short story.
- The Mirror of Beauty, originally published in Urdu, is an epic novel set in the last days of the Mughal empire.
-Abdullah Hussein’s The Weary Generations, an instant bestseller in Urdu, now in its 40th edition and one that’s never been out of print.
4) African literature- Moving across seas to the literary genius of
-Ben Okri's Man Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road.
-Taiye Selasi's debut Ghana Must Go chronicles the lives of a Ghanaian-Nigerian family across generations and continents.
- The brilliant Half of a Yellow Sun by
-The first installment of Zimbabwean-born
- African Psycho by Congolese writer
-Open City, the bestselling debut by Teju Cole who's been hailed as ‘the WG Sebald of the 21st century’.
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5) Non-fiction- Chronicling real events and places, often more bizarre and unique than imagination itself, is a talent not bestowed to all.:
-Maximum City by
-Raghu Karnad's spectacular debut Farthest Field explores the often overlooked role of Indian soldiers in WW2 through the lives of his grandfather and grand-uncles.
-The award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers by
-Jerusalem: The Biography by bestselling writer and historian
-Peter Frankopan's fascinating The
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This year, the Festival, which opens from January 19 to 23, 2017, has its speaker’s table going full force with participation from noteworthy names, such as Man