October Reading Wrap Up


Read
Habibi by Craig Thompson
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Last Days in Babylon: The History of a Family, The Story of a Nation by Marina Benjamin
We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices From Syria by Wendy Pearlman

Extracts from
The Moldovans: Romania, Russia and The Politics of Culture by Charles King

Plus the following journal articles on Transnistria:
- Linguistics landscapes on the other side of the border: signs, language and the construction of cultural identity in Transnistria by Sebastian Muth
- Transnistria - an unrecognised country within Moldova by Mihaly Borsi
- Transnistria: A Paradise for Vested Interests by Angela Munteanu and Igor Munteanu


Unfinished
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
ISIS: Inside The Army of Terror by Michael Weiss


My Thoughts

I've had an excellent reading month. I finished 4 full books and read a load of other stuff on top of that.

This was the month I fell in love with Craig Thompson's graphic novels, and developed a hunger to learn more about corrupt regimes in the world (see everything relating to Syria and Moldova/Transnistria).

I would love to write reviews on all of the things I read but I know this may take some time and I have a very busy November so, time and effort permitting, maybe blog posts will crop up in the coming weeks on some of my October reads. But I will gloss over some of the things worth mentioning below.

Reading about Transnistria

This was the first time I've read any journal articles since leaving university. I am really keen to learn a lot more about the disputed territory of Transnistria which there is not a lot of literature on in the English language. I could not find a single book dedicated to the place that wasn't a travel guide. This lead to my discovery of the chapter The Transnistria Conundrum in The Moldovans by Charles King, and seeking out academic articles to learn abut the history of this place, it’s economy and its relationship with the rest of the world.

I acquired seven articles and have so far read three, all of which were excellent:

Linguistics landscapes on the other side of the border: signs, language and the construction of cultural identity in Transnistria by Sebastian Muth
(International Journal of the Sociology Of Language: 2014)

Transnistria - an unrecognised country within Moldova by Mihaly Borsi
(Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe: 2007)

Transnistria: A Paradise for Vested Interests by Angela Munteanu and Igor Munteanu
(Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe: 2007)


Last Days in Babylon by Marina Benjamin

Last Days in Babylon is an excellent, although heartbreaking, story of the Iraqi Jewish community that I really think I should write a post on for my Israel and Palestine Series. This book combines the social history of the community with the telling of Benjamin’s personal family history. It's narrative non-fiction at its best. So factual and captivating which is a difficult balance to get but she does it so well.

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