Read around the world: 5 books to take you to distant destinations

Don't know much about Uzbekistan? Well, not to worry! These five books will take you to far-flung places with just a flip of a page.

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Intrigue, suspense, tears and laughter; the best books take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, dragging you on a journey of adventure through their pages until at last you rudely come to an abrupt end. At least until the next book whisks you away again…

China: The True Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun

A masterpiece of modern Chinese literature, The True Story of Ah Q follows the life of a peasant during the Chinese Revolution.A master of irony and satire, Xun’s writing helps us to both mock and sympathise with Ah Q throughout the novel.

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Egypt: Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

In Midaq Alley, Naguib Mahfouz – a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature- homes in on one alley in Cairo and paints a picture of the lives and actions of its inhabitants.

Lebanon: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

A masterpiece, The Prophet, is a magnificently written collection of poetic essays that cover 28 different subjects ranging from love and marriage to good and evil, pleasure, passion and pain.

Uzbekistan: The Railway by Hamid Ismailov

Uzbekistan. The odds are you probably don’t know much about the former USSR republic. That will all change after reading The Railway!

Vietnam: The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

A remarkable but bleak war novel, The Sorrow of War follows the life of Kien, a North Vietnamese solder, during and after the Vietnam war.

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