Welcome to Travel Readings
Melbourne: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Books, Movies and Beyond…
Books, Movies and Beyond…: Washington, DC and New York
Books, Movies and Beyond…: Rome
Rio de Janeiro: Crimes of August (Agosto) by Rubem Fonseca
Istanbul: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
Liège (Belgium): Pedigree by Georges Simenon
Books, Movies and Beyond…: Lisbon
Books, Movies and Beyond…: Cambodia
Hyde Park, Chicago: Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
Paris: Flowers of Ruin and Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano
Books, Movies and Beyond…: Naples
Books, Movies and Beyond…: Tanzania
Sri Lanka: Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
Books, Movies and Beyond… : Venice
Dublin: The Dead by James Joyce
Books, Movies and Beyond: Iran
Santa Cruz, Bolivia: The Matter of Desire (Materia del Deseo) by Edmundo Paz Soldán
Books, Movies and Beyond: Syria
Djibouti: Passage of Tears (Passage des Larmes) by Abdourahman Waberi
Books, Movies and Beyond: Armenia
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: The Parachute Drop by Norbert Zongo
Bangkok: Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
Périgord, France: The Caves of Périgord by Martin Walker
Books, Movies and Beyond: Brussels
Naples: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Books, Movies and Beyond: Rio de Janeiro
Tajikistan: Hurramabad by Andrei Volos
New-York: City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Israel and Palestine: To the End of the Land by David Grossman and Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh
Books, Movies and Beyond: Bavaria and Southern Germany
Cape Town: Boyhood, Youth and Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
Books, Movies and Beyond: India
Blue Ridge Mountains: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Books, Movies and Beyond: Algeria
Austrian Alps: A Whole Life (Ein ganzes Leben) by Robert Seethaler
Books, Movies and Beyond: Africans in America
Zimbabwe: The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers
Books, Movies and Beyond: Colombia
Belgian Ardennes: The All Saints’ Day Lovers by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Côte d’Ivoire: Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
Japan: Haruki Murakami and Amélie Nothomb
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Rope and The Denial of Saint Peter by Charles Baudelaire
Books, Movies and Beyond: Cairo
Vancouver: What is Remembered by Alice Munro

Welcome to Travel Readings

 

Hello,

The idea behind this blog is simple: I travel a lot, sometimes for work, sometimes on holidays and I enjoy reading very much. For a few years, I have been reading books – mainly fiction – which take place in the country or city that I am visiting. When possible, I try to find and go to the places described in the novel, or I am happy to read a chapter that describes an atmosphere, a music or a dish that I have already encountered. The book gives me the opportunity to go beyond the touristic clichés that are too often the lot of short-term visitors. The novel opens for me a window on the country, sometimes on the daily lives of the people, sometimes on its history.

My blog’s aim is to share in a few lines those impressions. I mix memories of the city, the way I approached and perceived it, with what I liked  in the book.

I make no claim to literary critique. If I did not like a novel, I will not write about it. The choice of places is dictated by my trips, recents or older. Often, but not always, I read the novel, in part or completely, during my stay.

I pick the books depending on my tastes, my curiosity, or sometimes because of current events. I have no specific rule for my choices: literary monuments or less known authors, contemporary or older, local or travelling writers. If you think that I could have chosen another author or another book to write about a city or a country, let me know in the comments, and who knows, I might have the pleasure of reading the book you are suggesting.

I write this blog in French and in English, on two different sites. I am francophone, but I live in the US. I hope you will forgive me if my English is not as fluid as I would like it to be. I read in both languages, preferably in the original one. For books written in other languages, I choose the translation which is more readly available. As much as possible, I try to pick books available in both languages.
So, the idea is simple: I invite you to read about the books and the places I love. With some luck, I will encourage you to read a novel that you haven’t read yet or to discover (or re-discover) a new destination. And then I invite you to dialogue with me and let me know about your opinions, suggestions or questions by leaving comments.

Enjoy the reading and the trips!

Damien

 

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