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1599 – North South: Literature List 2016-2017

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General:

Acemoglu, D., & Robinson, J. (2013). Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. New York : Crown Publishers.

(Academic book) Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny.

Language: English Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Molenaers, N., & Renard, R. (2011). Ontwikkelingshulp faalt Is participatie het redmiddel? Leuven: ACCO Uitgeverij.

(Academic book) Nadia Molenaers en Robrecht Renard bieden de lezer een evenwichtig onderzoek aan over de nieuwe hulpbenadering. Ze behandelen zowel de voordelen als de nadelen van de nieuwe hulpbenadering. Het boek leest vlot en is ook verstaanbaar voor de leek die zich wil verdiepen in de huidige ontwikkelingssamenwerking, zonder daarbij de voorgeschiedenis uit het oog te verliezen.



Language: Dutch (2x) Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03 (Dienst Internationalisering en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking), Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Humanitarian Aid:

Duffield, M. (2016). Global Governance and the New Wars: The Merging of Development and Security. London: Zed Books.

(Academic book) In this hugely influential book, Mark Duffield shows how war has become an integral component of development discourse. Aid agencies have become increasingly involved in humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution and the social reconstruction of war-torn societies. Duffield explores the consequences of this growing merger of development and security, unravelling the nature of the new wars and the response of the international community, in particular the new systems of global governance that are emerging as a result.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Polman , L. (2010). War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times. London: Penguin UK.

(Academic book) From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support. Drawing on her decades of first-hand experience, Linda Polman's gripping narrative introduces us to the key players in this twisted game, to the aid-workers and the warlords themselves.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Terry, F. (2013). Condemned to Repeat?: The Paradox of Humanitarian Action. Ithaka: Cornell University Press.

(Academic book) Terry examines the side effects of intervention by aid organizations and points out the need to acknowledge the political consequences of the choice to give aid. She makes the controversial claim that aid agencies act as though the initial decision to supply aid satisfies any need for ethical discussion and are often blind to the moral quandaries of aid. Terry focuses on four historically relevant cases: Rwandan camps in Zaire, Afghan camps in Pakistan, Salvadoran and Nicaraguan camps in Honduras and Cambodian camps in Thailand.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Development Economics:

Collier, P. (2008). The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(Academic book) Universally acclaimed and award-winning. A comprehensive look at our 50 failed states - home to the poorest one billion people on Earth. Collier analyses the causes of failure, looking at those solutions that do not work, such as aid and globalization, driving development to more stable nations. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards.

Language: Dutch Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Easterly, W. (2006). The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. London: Penguin UK.

(Academic book) Easterly, a celebrated economist, presents one side in what has become an ongoing debate with fellow star-economist Jeffrey Sachs about the role of international aid in global poverty. Easterly argues that existing aid strategies have not and will not reduce poverty, because they don’t seriously take into account feedback from those who need the aid and because they perpetuate western colonial tendencies.



Language: English Location: University Library, Diepenbeek & Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Polak, P. (2009). Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler.

(Academic book) Dr. Paul Polak, a psychiatrist, has applied a behavioral and anthropological approach to alleviating poverty, developed by studying people in their natural surroundings. He argues that there are three mythic solutions to poverty eradication: donations, national economic growth, and big businesses. Instead, he advocates helping the poor earn money through their own efforts of developing low-cost tools that are effective and profitable.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Moyo, D. (2010). Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. New York : Farrah, Straus and Giroux .

(Academic book) Dead Aid unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined―and millions continue to suffer. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Dambisa Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world's poorest countries.

Language: English Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Cultural Identity, Conflict, Diversity:

Adichie, C. N. (2013). Americanah. New York City: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group .

(Novel) Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Language: English Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Ali, M. (2003). Brick Lane. New York City: Doubleday .

(Novel) A captivating read from a debut novelist, Brick Lane brings the immigrant milieu of East London to vibrant life. With great poignancy, Ali illuminates a foreign world; her well-developed characters pull readers along on a deeply psychological, almost spiritual journey. Through the eyes of two Bangladeshi sisters—the plain Nazneen and the prettier Hasina—we see the divergent paths of the contemporary descendants of an ancient culture. Hasina elopes to a "love marriage," and young Nazneen, in an arranged marriage, is pledged to a much older man living in London.

Language: Dutch Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt
Ali , S. (2005). Madras On Rainy Days. London: Piatkus Books Publishers.

(Novel) A novel exploring the dilemma confronting Layla, a second generation Indian-American Muslim. As a dutiful Muslim daughter and an independent young American, Layla is torn between clashing identities. Reluctantly agreeing to her parents' wish for her to leave America and submit to an arranged marriage, Layla enters into the closed world of tradition and ritual as the wedding preparations get underway in Hyderabad. Set against a background of rising Hindu-Muslim violence, and taboo questions of sexuality, Samina Ali presents the complexities of life behind the chador, and the story of a marriage where no one is what they seem.



Language: Dutch Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Chang, J. (2003). Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. New York City: Touchstone Books.

(Novel) Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history, Wild Swans has become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with more than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations of women in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love. Chang captures in gripping, moving -- and ultimately uplifting -- detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

Language: English, Dutch Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Cherian, A. (2008). A Good Indian Wife. New York : W. W. Norton & Company .

(Novel) Handsome anesthesiologist Neel is sure he can resist his family’s pleas that he marries a “good” Indian girl. With a girlfriend and a career back in San Francisco, the last thing Neel needs is an arranged marriage. But that’s precisely what he gets. His bride, Leila, a thirty-year-old teacher, comes with her own complications. They struggle to reconcile their own desires with others’ expectations in this story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life that may be more compatible than they seem.



Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Goris, G. (2011). Opstandland: De strijd om Afganistan, Pakistan en Kasjmir. Antwerpen: De Bezige Bij.

(Novel) Afghanistan verkeert al dertig jaar in een permanente staat van oorlog. In en rond die heksenketel is heel wat ellende ontstaan die onze wereld tot op heden tekent. Er is binnenlandse opstand in Afghanistan, Pakistan en Kasjmir. Er zijn de regionale conflicten die tot China, Iran en Rusland reiken. En er is de westerse geopolitiek die rechtstreeks verbonden is met de groei en de impact van het internationale jihadisme. Maar wat weten we echt over de oorzaken en gevolgen van een oorlog waarin intussen ook Belgische en Nederlandse militairen meevechten?

Language: Dutch Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Kourouma, A. (1968). Les Soleils des indépendances. Montréal: Presses de l'Université de Montréal.

(Novel) Quel sera le sort de Fama, authentique prince malinké, aux temps de l'indépendance et du parti unique ? L'ancien et le nouveau s'affrontent en un duel tout à la fois tragique et dérisoire tandis que passe l'histoire, avec son cortège de joies et de souffrances. Au-delà de la fable politique, Ahmadou Kourouma restitue comme nul autre toute la profondeur de la vie africaine, mêlant le quotidien et le mythe dans une langue réinventée au plus près de la condition humaine. Dès sa parution en 1970, ce livre s'est imposé comme un des grands classiques de la littérature africaine.

Language: French Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Ni Aolain, F., Haynes, D., & Cahn , N. (2012). On the Frontline: Gender War and the Post Conflict Process. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(Academic book) Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research, the authors explore policies directed towards women in post-conflict contexts, highlighting how existing gender mainstreaming approaches have not been the most effective way of addressing gender concerns. The book is structured into three parts. Part One demonstrates the importance of gender equality in relation to conflict, reminding us of ‘the links between the destructive experiences of women during conflict and the exclusions that follow from peacemaking and transitional processes’. Part Two investigates in detail various post-conflict policies. Part Three acts as an extended conclusion, bringing together the themes of the book in two chapters. The penultimate chapter suggests that gender mainstreaming within post-conflict governance is ineffective, in part because of the emphasis upon female political participation rather than broader social transformation. This argument feeds into a final chapter urging for a stronger connection to be forged between development and post-conflict reconstruction practices as a means of ensuring that women are ‘developing, capturing, and securing gains they may have made during war or which they may have begun to access in the post-conflict process’.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Ong, A. (1987). Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline. Factory Women in Malaysia. New York: State University of New York Press.

(Novel) In the two decades since its original publication, Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline has become an ethnographic classic in the fields of anthropology, labor studies, and gender and globalization studies. Based on anthropological field work in an agricultural district in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia, Spirits of Resistance captures a moment of profound transformation, illustrated by the disruptions, conflicts, and ambivalences in the lives of Malay women during the rapid industrialization associated with Malaysia's rise as a tiger economy.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

(Colonial) History:

Achebe, C. (1994). Things Fall Apart. New York : Anchor Books.

(Novel) Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.

Language: English Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Fisk, R. (2005). The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. London: Harper Perennial.

(Novel) A sweeping and dramatic history of the last half century of conflict of the Middle East from an award-winning journalist who has covered the region for over thirty years, The Great War for Civilisation unflinchingly chronicles the tragedy of the region from the Algerian Civil War to the Iranian Revolutio; from the American hostage crisis in Beirut to the Iran-Iraq War; from the 1991 Gulf War to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Language: English (2x) Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Conrad, J. (2004). Heart of Darkness: A Casebook. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(Novel) Charles Marlow is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darkness exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans' cruel treatment of the African natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil.

Language: English, Dutch Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Grey, A. (2007). Saigon. Amsterdam: Poema Pocket .

(Novel) Vietnam's heady tropical landscape captivates 15 year-old Joseph Sherman on a hunting expedition to the French colony in 1925. He is lured back again and again by his enduring fascination for the country and for Lan, a beautiful mandarin's daughter he could never forget. Over five haunting decades Joseph's life becomes deeply enmeshed with Vietnam's turbulent, war-torn fate - until he attempts to salvage something of lasting value during the final desperate helicopter scramble to flee defeated Saigon.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Kingsolver, B. (1998). The Poisonwood Bible. New York City: Harper.

(Novel) Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Language: English, Dutch Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Llosa, M. V. (2013). The Dream of the Celt: A Novel. London: Picador.

(Novel) In 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated his extraordinary life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples around the world—especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon—but when he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in African and American colonies and those committed by the British in Northern Ireland, he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution. Ultimately, the scandals surrounding Casement’s trial and eventual hanging tainted his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn’t fully reexamined until the 1960s.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Martin , M. (2013). The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence . London: Simon & Schuster UK.

(Academic book) Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of decolonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Weaving together the key stories and characters of the last fifty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the 'scar on the conscience of the world'. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is a major book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.

Language: English (2x) Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Pakenham, T. (1990). The Scramble for Africa. New York: HarperCollins.

(Academic book) In 1880 the continent of Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans. Less than thirty years later, only Liberia and Ethiopia remained unconquered by them. The rest - 10 million square miles with 110 million bewildered new subjects - had been carved up by five European powers (and one extraordinary individual) in the name of Commerce, Christianity, 'Civilization' and Conquest.

Language: English (2x) Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Poppe, G. (2009). De boom waarnaar ze stenen gooien: Congodagboek 1996-2009. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff & Manteau.



(Academic book) Guy Poppe heeft de historische gebeurtenissen in Congo van nabij gevolgd, tot aan Joseph Kabila’s eedaflegging als radiojournalist en daarna als gepassioneerde getuige. Zijn dagboek geeft een uniek beeld van de getormenteerde periode die Congo het voorbije lange decennium meegemaakt heeft. September 1996. Een minderheidsgroep in de bergen van Oost- Zaïre komt in opstand tegen het centrale gezag. Niemand heeft door dat die actie van de Banyamulenge op korte tijd een aardverschuiving teweeg zal brengen. Binnen het jaar is dictator Mobutu afgezet, dood en begraven, en verrijst guerrillaleider Laurent Kabila als een feniks uit zijn as. In wat opnieuw Congo heet, breekt de eerste Afrikaanse wereldoorlog uit. Bijna zes jaar duurt hij en in feite nog langer. Miljoenen doden later, in 2006, verkiezen de Congolezen voor het eerst sinds de onafhankelijkheid, na 46 jaar, hun president: Joseph Kabila, de zoon van de ondertussen vermoorde Laurent Kabila. Tot op vandaag blijft Congo instabiel, ten prooi aan corruptie en geregeld oplaaiende gewapende conflicten, een wingewest voor begerige buurlanden die op zijn rijkdommen uit zijn en nietsontziende Chinezen, voor wie alles wijkt in de bevoorrading van hun boomende economie.

Language: Dutch Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Poppe, G. (2010). Land Zonder Staat: "Congo, 50 jaar onafhankelijk". Gent: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts.

(Documentary) In de maand waarin Congo 50 jaar geleden onafhankelijk werd, verschijnt het tweede boek van ex-vrt radiojournalist Guy Poppe. Een land zonder staat is niet zomaar een van de vele vaak emotionele en koloniaal gekleurde publicaties die nu het daglicht zien. Na zijn “De boom waarnaar men stenen gooit” graaft Poppe deskundig verder in de bewogen en vaak niet zo fraaie Belgisch-Congolese geschiedenis van de voorbije vijftig jaar. Dit is geen Congoverhaal van een koloniale ambtenaar, zoals Jef Geeraerts er één was, maar het relaas van een kritische journalist die terugblikt en deskundig achtergronden blootlegt.

Language: Dutch Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Saïd, E. W. (1978). Orientalism. New York City: Vintage Books.

(Academic book) Orientalism is a foundational text for the academic field of Post-colonial Studies, wherein the denotations and connotations of the term “Orientalism” are expanded to describe what Saïd sees as the false cultural assumptions of the “Western World”, facilitating the cultural misrepresentation of the “The Orient”, in general, and of the Middle East, in particular. For Saïd, the term Orientalism describes the “subtle and persistent Eurocentric prejudice against Arabo–Islamic peoples and their culture”; cultural prejudices that are derived from a long tradition of romanticized images of Asia and of the Middle East, and which, in practice, functioned as implicit justifications for the colonial and the imperial ambitions of the European powers and the U.S. Moreover, in Orientalism, Saïd further described, criticized, and denounced the social, economic, and cultural practices of the ruling Arab élites who, Saïd claims, as imperial satraps, have internalized the romanticized “Arabic Culture” created by British and American Orientalists.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Theroux, P. (2002). Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. London: Penguin Books Ltd.

(Novel) In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances. Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results in an insightful meditation on the history, politics and beauty of Africa and its people, and “a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface”.

Language: Dutch & English (2x) Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

van Reybrouck, D. (2010). Congo: een geschiedenis. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij.

(Documentary) Er is aan het begin van de eenentwintigste eeuw nauwelijks een roeriger natie dan Congo, het reusachtige land in het hart van Afrika, dat barst van de grondstoffen die onontbeerlijk zijn in onze moderne tijd – én van de gruwelijke conflicten. Hoe kon de vroegere, relatief rustige kolonie van België, sinds 1960 onafhankelijk, zo veranderen? David Van Reybrouck beschrijft voor het eerst de verbijsterende geschiedenis van Congo, van ruim voor de komst van de ontdekkingsreiziger Stanley tot en met de invloed van China in de laatste tien jaar en de recente economische crisis.

Language: Dutch Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Politically Inspired

Adiga, A. (2008). The White Tiger. London: Atlantic Books.

(Novel) Passionate depiction of the perils and pitfalls of rampant capitalism in contemporary India; highlights social injustice and moral corruption. The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

Language: English Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Dallaire, R. (2003). Shake Hands with the Devil. Toronto: Random House Canada .

(Biography) The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda was written with a view to leaving a document for the General's children for them to try and understand why the father they saw leave for a UN mission in 1993 and the soldier who returned in August, 1994 was not the same father. As the book developed it became a personal record of the genocide of over 800,000 souls (both Tutsi and Hutu) and was dedicated to the Rwandans, abandoned to their fate, who were slaughtered in the hundreds of thousands, to the fourteen UN soldiers under his command who died bravely in the service of peace and humanity and to his researcher, who died while working so hard to tell the story.

Language: English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Llosa, M. V. (2000). The Feast of the Goat. London: Picador.

(Novel) With ''The Feast of the Goat,'' Mario Vargas Llosa has written a fierce, edgy and enthralling book in that small pantheon of classic Latin American novels anatomizing the perils and perquisites of absolute power, and the deadly fallout that such dictatorships can have on ordinary people's lives.

Language: Dutch (2x) & English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Luyendijk, J. (2007). Het zijn net mensen, Beelden uit het Midden-Oosten. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Podium B.V.

(Documentary) Vijf jaar lang was Joris Luyendijk correspondent voor het Midden-Oosten. Hij sprak met stenengooiers en terroristen, met taxichauffeurs en professoren, met slachtoffers, daders en hun familie. Hij ondervond aan den lijve dictatuur, bezetting, terreur en oorlog. Hoe meer hij meemaakte, hoe verbaasder hij raakte. Wat gaapte er een kloof tussen wat hij als correspondent ter plekke waarnam, en wat hij daarvan terugzag in de media. In Het zijn net mensen laat Luyendijk met pakkende voorbeelden en vol humor zien hoe de media ons een gefilterd, vervormd en gemanipuleerd beeld van het Midden-Oosten geven.

Language: Dutch (2x) Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Márquez, G. G. (2006). The Autumn of the Patriarch. New York City: Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

(Novel) One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn of the Patriarch is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power. From charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of God to extreme cruelty, the dictator of The Autumn of the Patriarch embodies the best and the worst of human nature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the renowned master of magical realism, vividly portrays the dying tyrant caught in the prison of his own dictatorship. Employing an innovative, dreamlike style, and overflowing with symbolic descriptions, the novel transports the reader to a world that is at once fanciful and real.

Language: Dutch Location: Provinciale Bibliotheek Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt

Ung, L. (2000). First They Killed My Father . New York City: HarperCollins.



(Novel) Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights and being cheeky to her parents. When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung's family fled their home and were eventually forced to disperse to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier while her brothers and sisters were sent to labour camps. The surviving siblings were only finally reunited after the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia and started to destroy the Khmer Rouge. Bolstered by the bravery of one brother, the vision of the others and the gentle kindness of her sister, Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. First They Killed My Father is an unforgettable book told through the voice of the young and fearless Loung. It is a shocking and tragic tale of a girl who was determined to survive despite the odds.

Language: Dutch & English Location: Campus Hasselt, Room R-1.03, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

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