Kushanava Choudhury's Top Book Recommendations

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The Mad Toy

The first novel by one of the greatest writers of Latin American literature is a semiautobiographical story reflecting the energy and chaos of early 20th-century Buenos Aires

Feeling the alienation of youth, Silvio Astier's gang tours neighborhoods, inflicting waves of petty crime, stealing from homes and shops until the police are forced to intervene. Drifting then from one career and subsequent crime to another, Silvio's main difficulty is his own intelligence, with which he grapples. Writing in the language of the streets and basing his writings in part on his own...
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Kushanava ChoudhuryThere’s a kind of madcap genius at work in Arlt that’s only possible in a person who is an autodidact. (Source)

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I Served the King of England


'Our very best writer today' Milan Kundera

Sparkling with comic genius and narrative exuberance, I Served the King of England is a story of how the unbelievable came true. Its remarkable hero, Ditie, is a hotel waiter who rises to become a millionaire and then loses it all again against the backdrop of events in Prague from the German invasion to the victory of Communism. Ditie's fantastic journey intertwines the political and the personal in a narrative that both enlightens and entertains.
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Kushanava ChoudhuryI Served the King of England is a Czech picaresque novel which narrates the whole 20th century history of Czechoslovakia – Nazism, Stalinism – from the perspective of a semi-literate waiter whose only goal seems to be to try to get laid. (Source)

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Portnoy's Complaint

The famous confession of Alexander Portnoy, who is thrust through life by his unappeasable sexuality, yet held back at the same time by the iron grip of his unforgettable childhood. Hilariously funny, boldly intimate, startlingly candid, Portnoy’s Complaint was an immediate bestseller upon its publication in 1969, and is perhaps Roth’s best-known book.

Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933-)] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel...
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Kushanava ChoudhuryThe paradigmatic novel of New Jersey for me is Portnoy’s Complaint. (Source)

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In a Land Far from Home

দেশে বিদেশে-কে বাংলা সাহিত্যের প্রথম সার্থক ভ্রমণকাহিনী হিসেবে গণ্য করা হয়। দেশে বিদেশে-র মত অন্য কোনো ভ্রমণকাহিনী আজ পর্যন্ত বাংলা সাহিত্যে এতটা জনপ্রিয়তা অর্জন করতে পারেনি। একটি ভ্রমণকাহিনী হওয়া সত্ত্বেও আফগানিস্তানের ইতিহাসের একটি অনবদ্য দলিল এই বই। লেখকের রম্য রসাত্বক বর্ণনা, বিভিন্ন পরিচিত কিংবা অপরিচিত মানুষের সাথে রসালাপ, ভ্রমণের সময় বিভিন্ন স্থানের বর্ণনা এবং শেষ পর্যায়ে এসে আফগানিস্তান ছেড়ে আসার কাহিনী অসাধারণভাবে তুলে ধরা হয়েছে এই বইতে। less
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Kushanava ChoudhuryAli was one of the most erudite Bengali writers of his generation…His classic book is about his stint in Kabul in the 1920s during King Amanullah’s rule. (Source)

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Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ—the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

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Timothy FerrissRaised in a culture where men are powerful, sexual, and dominant, the Klingon-speaking, D&D-playing chubby boy thinks he’ll never find true love or physical affection. Oscar struggles as a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic living with his older sister and mother in Paterson, New Jersey. A fun read with lots of geek culture, great history, and oh, it also won the Pulitzer Prize. (Source)

Kushanava ChoudhuryOscar Wao is very real to me. When I read Wao, I think, there but for the grace of God go I. (Source)

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