In Argentine and Czech – book reviews

Continuing my challenge around the world, I read books: set in Argentine (fiction) and in Czech (non-fiction). Written in few last years (non-fiction) and in 40s (fiction).

Argentina

Szczury. Przyobleka się w cienie Polish coverTitle: Szczury. Przyobleka się w cienie. (The Rats. Shadow Play)
Author: Jose Bianco.

Language: Polish
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1977

ISBN: 8303005268
Pages: 118.

Two stories set in Argentine, with different characters but both quite psychological. The first one (The Rats) is focused on family and its friends. The second one is a story of a girl, working as a prostitute, and her mentally disabled brother. They are good, nothing exceptional, but both endings are just strong, making the stories memorable and worthy of recommendation.

My opinion: 7/10.

Around the World in 12 Books 2014 ChallengeAlso for the challenge: Around the World in 12 Books.

Book 6/12.

Czech

Zrób sobie raj coverTitle: Zrób sobie raj (Make Your Own Paradise)
Author: Mariusz Szczygieł

Language: Polish
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Czarne, 2010
ISBN: 978-83-7536-223-7
Pages: 292, with photos

A book based on interviews with Czech, author’s travels and knowledge. A great book by a famous Polish Czechophile. His style is light, making you either smile or laugh and just making you devour the book. I think there is no need to recommend it to fans of Mariusz Szczygieł (I became one!) or  Czech. I’d recommend it too to those who aren’t interested in Czech or for lovers of quality books.

My opinion: 10/10.

Also for the challenge: Polacy nie gęsi II and 2014 Full House Challenge.

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