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
Ghent (Belgium): War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans
Haiti: An Aroma of Coffee and Dining with the Dictator by Dany Laferrière and The Comedians by Graham Greene
Iceland: Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
Siena and Tuscany : Il Palio delle contrade morte by Fruttero & Lucentini and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
China : Wild Swans. Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang
Amsterdam: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Former Soviet Union: The Unwomanly Face of War  by Svetlana Alexievich
Provence: The Horseman on the Roof by Jean Giono, La charrette bleue by René Barjavel, Madame de Sévigné and Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp

Authors and works

List of authors and works (in alphabetical order, by authors):



Abelard, Pierre: Letters of two lovers

Abouet, Marguerite and Clément Oubrerie: Aya, life in Yop City (graphic novel and movie)

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Americanah

Akin, Fatih: The Cut (movie)

Alexievich, Svetlana: The Unwomanly Face of War

Al Aswaany, Alaa:

Al-Khatib, Muhammad Kamil: Just Like a River

Allen, Woody: (movie)

Ancel, Guillaume: Vents sombres sur le Lac Kivu

Apollinaire, Guillaume:

Azzam, Fadi: Sarmada


Baez, Joan: Diamonds and Rust (song)

Balzac, Honoré de: Le Lys dans la vallée (The Lily of the Valley)

Barbara: Printemps

Baretto, Bruno: Four Days in September (movie)

Barjavel, René: La charrette bleue

Baudelaire, Charles:

Bellow, Saul: Ravelstein

Bizet, Georges: Carmen

Bizot, François: The Gate (novel and movie)

Bohjalian, Christopher A.: The Sandcastle Girls

Boyd, William: An Ice-Cream War

Brassens, Georges:

Brel, Jacques: (song)

Brown, Alrick: Kinyarwanda (movie)

Bruegel, Pieter the Elder: The Harvest (painting)

Burton, Jessie: The Miniaturist


Callas, Maria: Habanera, Carmen

Camus, Albert:

Caravaggio: The Denial of Saint Peter (painting)

Cash, Johnny: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (song)

Cendrars, Blaise: Planus

Chadwick, Justin: Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom (film)

Chang, Jung: Wild Swans. Three Daughters of China

Chopin, Frédéric: Nocturne, op. 9, No 2

Chekhov, Anton:

Coe, Jonathan: Expo 58

Coetzee, J.M.:

Colette: Gigi

Conrad, Joseph:

Corot, Camille: Hagar in the Wilderness (painting)

Courtemanche, Gil: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali (novel and movie)


Daoud, Kamel: The Meursault Investigation

Debussy, Claude: Prelude « Les Collines d’Anacapri » (music)

Delon, Michel: Album Casanova

De Sica, Vittorio: The Bicycle Thief (movie)

della Francesca, Piero: The Legend of the True Cross (frescoes)

de la Tour, Georges: The Penitent Magdalene  (painting)

Delacroix, Eugène:

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor:

Dowlatabadi, Mahmud: The Colonel

Duras, Marguerite: The Sea Wall (novel and movie).


Egoyan, Atom: Ararat (movie)

Eisenstein, Sergei: October – Ten Days that Shook the World (movie)

El Saadawi, Nawal: Woman at Point Zero

Eluard, Paul:


Fabritius, Carel: The Goldfinch (painting)

Fahradi, Ashgar: (movie)

Ferrandez, Jacques: Carnets d’Orient (graphic novel)

Ferrante, Elena:

Ferrat, Jean: Ma France

Ferré, Léo: La Chanson du Mal Aimé

Fonseca, Rubem: Crimes of August

Fontaine, Jean (de la): Le Chêne et le Roseau

Fragonard, Jean Honoré: Roman Interior (painting)

Frank, Anne: The Diary of a Young Girl

Frazier, Charles: Cold Mountain (novel and movie)

Fruttero & Lucentini: Il Palio delle contrade morte


Garcia Marquez, Gabriel:

Gauguin, Paul: Ia Orana Maria (painting)

Gautier, Théophile: Arria Marcella

George, Terri: Hotel Rwanda (movie)

Géricault, Théodore:

Giono, Jean:

Giordana, Marcello Tullio: The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventú) (movie)

Godard, Jean-Luc: The Contempt (movie)

Gogol, Nikolai: Nevski Prospekt

Gourevitch, Philip: We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

Greene, Graham: The Comedians

Grossman, David: To the End of the Land

Gurnak, Abdulrazak: The Last Gift


Hallberg, Garth Risk: City on Fire

Héloïse (d’Argenteuil): Letters of two lovers

Hemingway, Ernest:

Hergé: Quick and Flupke (graphic novel)

Hertmans, Stefan: War and Turpentine

Highsmith, Patrica: The Talented Mr. Ripley (novel and movie)

House of Cards (TV series)


Indriðason, Arnaldur: Jar City


James, Henry:

Joffé, Rolland: The Killing Fields (movie)

Joyce, James: The Dead (novel and movie)


Khadra, Yasmina: What the Day Owes the Night (novel and movie)

Khalifeh, Sahar: Wild Thorns

Kiarostami, Abbas: Taste of Cherry (movie)

Kormákur, Baltasar: Jar City (movie)

Kourouma, Ahmadou: Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote


Laferrière, Dany:

Lamartine, Alphonse (de): Graziella

Lapcharoensap, Rattawut: Sightseeing

Lax/Giroud: Azrayen (graphic novel)

Le Forestier, Maxime:: Ballade à la Lune

Lins, Paulo: City of God (novel and movie)

Lispector, Clarice: The Hour of the Star


Maalouf, Amin: The Gardens of Light

Mahfouz, Naguib:

Manet, Edouard: The Funeral (painting)

Mann, Thomas: Death in Venice (novel and movie)

Mbue, Imbolo: Behold the Dreamers

Mcallister, Sean: A Syrian Love Story (movie)

Mengestu, Dinaw: The Beautiful Things that Heavens Bear

Mercier, Pacal: Night Train for Lisbon (novel and movie)

Meyer, Philipp: The Son

Minghella, Anthony: The English Patient (movie)

Modiano, Patrick:

Molière: Le bourgeois gentilhomme

Montand, Yves:

Morrison, Jim: Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)

Mukasonga, Scholastique: Our Lady of the Nile

Munro, Alice: What is Remembered

Murakami, Haruki

Musset, Alfred (de) :


Nafisi, Azar: Reading Lolita in Teheran

Naipaul, V.S.: The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro

Neyrinck, Jacques: Le siège de Bruxelles

Nothomb, Amélie:


Ondaatje, Michael:


Pakula, Alan J.: All the President’s Men (movie)

Pamuk, Orhan: The Museum of Innocence

Panh, Ritty: One Evening after the War (movie)

Paz Soldan, Edmundo: The Matter of Desire

Peck, Raoul: Sometimes in April (movie)

Piaf, Edith: Hymne à l’Amour

Pratt, Hugo: Corto Maltese, Fable of Venice (graphic novel)

Proust, Marcel: A la Recherché du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time)


Reggiani, Serge: Le Pont Mirabeau

Reisdorff, Ivan: L’homme qui demanda du feu

Roberts, Gregory David: Shantaram

Rodenbach, Georges: Bruges-la-Morte

Rodrigues, Amália: Barco Negro (song)

Rogers, Douglas: The Last Resort

Rossini, Gioachino:

Rufin, Jean-Christophe:

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos: The Shadow of the Wind

Rutman, Paul: Indian Summers (TV series)


Saint-Exupéry, Patrick (de): L’Inavouable : La France au Rwanda

Saramago, José: Baltasar and Blimunda

Satrapi, Marjane: Persepolis (graphic novel and movie)

Schami, Rafik: The Dark Side of Love

Schenkel, Andrea Maria: The Murder Farm (novel and movie)

Schlink, Bernhard: The Reader (novel and movie)

Seethaler, Robert: A Whole Life

Seth, Vikram: A Suitable Boy

Sévigné, Marquise de: Letters

Shakespeare, William:

Signoret, Simone:

Simenon, Georges: Pedigree

Sinoué, Gilbert:

Sirees, Nihad: The Silence and the Roar

Sofer, Dalia: Septembers of Shiraz

Stassen, Jean-Philippe: Deogratias

Stendhal: Rome, Naples and Florence

Stromae: Formidable (song)


Tartt, Dona: The Goldfinch

Thiry, Marcel: You Who Pale at the Name of Vancouver

Tolstoy, Leo:

Tsiolkas, Christos: The Slap (novel and TV series)

Turner, Joseph M. W.: Whalers (painting)


Uhlman, Fred: Reunion (novel and movie)


Vallès, Jules: L’Enfant (The Child)

Van Eyck, Jan: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (Ghent Altarpiece)

Vásquez, Juan Gabriel:

Velasquez, Diego: The Supper at Emmaus (painting)

Vermeer, Johannes: A Maid Asleep (painting)

Vilard, Hervé: Capri, c’est fini (song)

Villon, François: Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis

Vivaldi, Antonio: Gloria (music)

Volos, Andrei: Hurramabad


Waberi, Abdourahman: Passage of Tears

Wagendorp, Bert: Ventoux

Wagner, Richard: The Master-Singers of Nuremberg (music)

Walker, Martin: The Caves of Perigord

Weisberg, Joe: The Americans (TV series)

Wilde, Oscar:


Yourcenar, Marguerite: Memoirs of Hadrian


Zongo, Norbert: The Parachute Drop