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Chinese: Beautiful love story. Themes of Love, life and survival. The story of Wen, a young idealistic doctor who joins the Chinese army in 1958 in order to search for her missing husband. Spent 30 years in Tibet. Writing is sparse and beautiful like the landscape. During the takeover of Tibet by China thousands of Tibetans either left Tibet or lost their lives.

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Icelandic: The year is 1883. The stark Icelandic winter landscape is the backdrop. We follow the priest, Skugga-Baldur, on his hunt for the enigmatic blue fox. Part thriller, part fairy tale. Winner of the Nordic Literary Prize and nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize.

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Arabic: Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid. Josephine believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back home with her baby son. Takes an unflinching look at the lives of foreign workers in Arab countries and confronts the universal problems of identity, race and religion.

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Chinese. Nobel Prize for Literature. Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of 15,000 kms into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain. Probes the human soul with directness and candour and delights in the freedom of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self.

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Afrikaans. In Africa a child wanders too far into the forest. He never returns. Nine years later, two government officials, working on a census, find a white living with a coloured family in the mountains on the other side of the forest. They take him away from a stricken Fiela.

Albanian. Dealing with themes of resistance in a dictatorship and steeped in Albanian folklore and legend. WWII Nazi occupation of Albania.