Monthly Archives: August 2011

Corsica and GR20

Grand Randonnée (great walk) 20 is a 180km long hiking track through Corsica from north till south. I walked five days on this beautiful track starting from the north – only a one third or fourth of the whole GR20.

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Rodric Braithwaite – Afgantsy (2011, Profilebooks)

Afgantsy (“Afgans” in Russian, or Soviet soldiers who served in Afganistan) is very well informed history of Soviet invasion in Afganistan that one is reading in the context of current conflict. Braithwaite was UK Ambassador in Moscow in 1988-92 and … Continue reading

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Alain Mabanckou

I was reading on summer holidays two books by Congolese (smaller one, Congo-Brazzaville) writer Alain Mabanckou: Verre Cassé (2005) and African Psycho (2003). Both are also translated into English. I learned about him from The Economist. Mabanckou was born in … Continue reading

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