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Five newly released books you should not overlook

Devina Heriyanto
Devina Heriyanto

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, February 20, 2017  /  12:45 pm
Five newly released books you should not overlook

Between life and work, it is hard to find time to sit down and enjoy a good book. (Shutterstock/-)

So many books, so little time. Between life and work, it is hard to find time to sit down and enjoy a good book.

Here are five newly published books for your precious reading time.

Letters to a Young Muslim

Author: Omar Saif Ghobash

An Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash is also a father with two sons. His article, Advice for Young Muslims, published on the Foreign Affairs in November 2016, came at the right time where Muslims in America and other parts of the world must face prejudice and blatant discrimination. Letters to a Young Muslim offers a more elaborate, in-depth and insightful view on how young Muslims can navigate the world they are living in.

The Refugees

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen

After his debut, The Sympathizer, which won last year's Pulitzer, any work from Viet Thanh Nguyen is anticipated as a feast for the mind. This short story collection, published at a time when refugees constantly make headlines, is dedicated “for all refugees, everywhere.”

Read also: 12 Indonesian books you should add to your reading list

4 3 2 1: A Novel

Author: Paul Auster

If you are looking for a big read this year, 4 3 2 1 might be it. Auster’s first novel in seven years, the book is big in its stories and size. The novel revolves around the life of Archie Ferguson, not only once but four times.

Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a brand name in fantasy, after his notable success with American Gods, Stardust, and his duet with Terry Pratchett in Good Omens. His take on the tales of Thor, Odin, and other characters in Norse mythology is surely not one to miss.


Author: Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Drupadi is an iconic figure in Hindu epic Mahabharata. Indonesian journalist turned novelist Seno Gumira Ajidarma pursues an ambitious goal in redefining Drupadi as a woman and feminist by changing the traditional interpretation of Drupadi’s marriage. Consisting only of 149 pages, Drupadi is a perfect short read for after work or on your Jakarta commute. (kes)

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