Janika Oza recommends 6 books with international themes and conflicts

Janika Oza’s debut novel, “A Historical past of Burning,” is the story of a household. It opens in 1898, when an Indian teenager is shipped to Kenya to work and units a hearth that haunts his progeny. Amongst them are sisters pressured to flee Uganda in 1972. 

Slicing for Stone by Abraham Verghese (2009) 

Verghese’s third novel is a wonderful saga about Indian twin brothers coming of age in Ethiopia amid political turmoil. It is a story about betrayal, the bonds between household, and what it takes to heal. It was additionally the primary guide I learn that encompassed an Indian group in East Africa, a group adjoining to mine. Purchase it right here. 

Salt Homes by Hala Alyan (2017)

A novel about displacement, making dwelling, and the methods we come again to at least one one other, “Salt Homes” strikes from Palestine to Beirut to Boston and past. The best way Alyan fractures the narrative throughout time and place, whereas deeply rooting us within the hearts of 1 household, was an inspiration for my novel. Purchase it right here.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013) 

That is the novel in Lahiri’s oeuvre that’s least talked about, however it’s indubitably my favourite. Set in the course of the Naxalite rebellion in India, it’s unapologetically political, deeply anchored to put, and attuned to the painful, ongoing work of forgiveness. Purchase it right here.

Brother by David Chariandy (2017)

Set in Scarborough, Ontario, simply exterior Toronto, this slim novel is about two sons of Trinidadian immigrants studying to outlive, love and dream in a group and metropolis that does not see them. There may be an aching wound on the coronary heart of the novel, however additionally it is replete with pleasure and tenderness on each web page. Purchase it right here.

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste (2010)

Mengiste’s first novel is a narrative of complicity, underground resistance and survival set throughout Ethiopia’s 1974 revolution. The intimacy and the facility of the love between family and friends members on this novel breaks and mends my coronary heart every time I flip to it, which is usually. Purchase it right here.

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat (2010)

The one nonfiction work on this record, Danticat’s guide blends memoir and essay to look at the need of bearing witness, writing in opposition to silencing, and what it means to be an artist in exile. “Create dangerously, for individuals who learn dangerously,” she writes — a name to motion that I’ll all the time return to. Purchase it right here.

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