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
Moscow: The House of Government by Yuri Slezkine, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère
Books, Movies and Beyond: Vietnam
Books, Movies and Beyond: The Wars in Vietnam

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)

Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita

Bui, Thi: The Best We Could Do (graphic novel)

Burns, Ken and Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War (documentary)

Burton, Jessie: The Miniaturist


Callas, Maria: Habanera, Carmen

Camus, Albert:

Caravaggio: The Denial of Saint Peter (painting)

Carrère, Emmanuel: Limonov 

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)

Cosey: Saigon – Hanoi (graphic novel)

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:

Deville: Plague & Cholera

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor:

Dowlatabadi, Mahmud: The Colonel

Duras, Marguerite:


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:

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)

Hvorostovsky, Dmitri:

House of Cards (TV series)

Hung, Trang Anh: The Scent of Green Papaya (movie)


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

Kraehn/Jusseaume: Tramp, Cycle Asiatique (graphic novel)


Laferrière, Dany:

Lamartine, Alphonse (de): Graziella

Lapcharoensap, Rattawut: Sightseeing


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

Netrebko, Anna: Moscow Nights

Nguyen, Viet Thanh: The Sympathizer

Ninh, Bao: The Sorrow of War

Nothomb, Amélie:


O’Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried

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)

Pham, Andrew:

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

Slezkine, Yuri: The House of Government

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

Thuy, Kim: Ru

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