W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn: A War and Peace in the 20th Century

A classic is coming.

Of “The Rings of Saturn,” Margaret Laurence writes in The New York Times that it is “like the most poetic detective tale ever written.”

This book “will probably last,” and here are many other reasons why:

Ms. Sebald, the veteran Belgian novelist, is the author of a series of novels that combine the novel with poetry and journalism. He presents a dense tapestry of facts, shaped into narratives we are grateful for.

She writes that “the book is about World War II, World War I, the history of an epoch and of a continent.” But Sebald wrote a novel, “London-Platz,” which aspires to the heart of the counterculture movement in the 1960s.

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“The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” by Malik Maneesh

Malik Maneesh is a writer from Botswana in Africa who has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a Booker prize, the Dalkey Whitehill book award, and the government of Botswana’s lifetime achievement award. He is also our featured reader in this feature, and he shares a piece of African genius:

“Maniesh’s role is vital. Only by acknowledging that Malcolm X is African is it possible to understand why this mythological figure remains so cherished. In our shared history, there have been interconnections between slavery and colonialism, the quagmire of apartheid and post-colonial upliftment — in Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Botswana.”

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My Role in the Arab Spring

A woman journalist’s experience in the Arab Spring.

Years ago, after the Israeli military occupied her town, Tanha Al-Hindi left her homeland and came to the United States. Today, she is a successful journalist in Washington, D.C. Ms. Al-Hindi is a case study in what is called “humanitarian journalism.” This woman journalist uses the education of her people as the means of her reporting, and she spreads the word by following events through the media of her country.

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Blindsided by Tiziana “Joy” Chevere

The legal battle of a Romanian woman who refused to stop breastfeeding her baby.

The case has echoes of a similar case in France. The mother in the second case, however, is an entrepreneur who has made it into the ranks of the “fairer maternaleur”: overbearing mothers are no longer cool.

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Andrea Post, Onions

After the sacking of her husband, two women seek common ground.

At first, Romanian journalist Andrea Post thought that her affair with her journalist colleague had nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for men. But then an office colleague of her former husband’s told her that her lover had already left his wife for the woman. Post was shocked: Did she really have to face up to her divorce?

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