We have the book spoilers for October 2021 Boxwalla Book Box, a non-fiction book subscription that also focuses on diversity!
we have chosen to showcase two EXTRAORDINARY writers, one from Iran and the other from Mozambique: Shahrnush Parsipur and Mia Couto. There will also be a wonderful NEW bookish gift from our wonderful friends at Obvious State.
Please Note: If you are an existing subscriber who has not yet been billed for October, TODAY is the last day to modify, update or cancel your October Subscriptions. October subscriptions will be renewing tomorrow (9/15).
Here are the books this October:
The first book in the October Book Box is Shahrnush Parsipur’s beautiful novel, Touba and the Meaning of Night. Parsipur is a giant of Iranian literature & this novel spans a gamut of emotions & thoughts that include the personal, the political, philosophical, capturing the essence of Sufi mysticism in the same breath as the meaning & implications of science and life.
Here’s an excerpt: “On the ground, ants were coming & going in a straight line. Haji Adib placed his index finger in the way of one of the ants. The ant stopped, shook its antennae, then climbed up his finger. Now that the earth was round, everything took on a different meaning”.
The second book is Mia Couto’s masterful novel Woman of the Ashes. Couto is an environmental biologist and award-winning novelist who is a strong contender to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in the next couple of years. This enchanting novel interleaves magical realism with historical fiction and is the first in a trilogy about colonialism in Mozambique.
Here’s an excerpt: “Each morning, seven suns would rise over the plains of Inharrime. In those times, the firmament was much larger, and all the stars were contained within it, the living and the dead. Naked just as she had slept, our mother would leave the house, a sieve in her hand. She was going to choose the best of the suns. With her sieve, she would gather up the remaining six stars and bring them back to the village. She would bury them next to the anthill behind our house. That was our graveyard for heavenly creatures. One day, if we ever needed to, we would go and unearth stars. With such a bequest, we were not poor. That’s what our mother, Chikazi Makwakwa, said. Or just mame, in our native language.”
Boxwalla offers subscription boxes and limited edition boxes. Boxwalla Book Box is $29.95 every other month, and comes with 2 books by writers from all over the world. See all our Boxwalla Book Box reviews here!
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