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Gift Ideas for Globetrotters!


A reading list by Ines Alaoui Hassini

If you have travel lovers on your holiday gift list, here are a few ideas that are sure to please the people who have seen and done all. 

Compass a novel by Mathias Enard, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell, New Directions

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Winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt. This dazzling and intricate novel portrays the meandering reflections of a Viennese musicologist as he passes a sleepless night. His journeys to Istanbul, Damascus, and Aleppo, his passion for music and history, as well as his great and unrequited love for a brilliant French scholar all weave together into a beguiling tapestry. A highly intellectual and deeply rewarding read.

The High Line  by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Phaidon Press

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A book that looks at NYC’s favorite walking trail and helps you to discover the history of this “park in the sky” with wonderful pictures.

The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, a graphic novel by Emmanuel Guibert, First Second

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This is the story of a man who decided to travel through the bombs of Afghanistan war. The full version of Le Photographe describes the daily life of men and women, affected by conflict and disaster, with drawings, pictures and a short movie. An outstanding graphic novel as well as a true biography.

Les Diners de Gala de Salvator Dali, Taschen

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A cook book turned into a masterpiece with a surrealist tailor-made artwork of the famous Catalan
painter. Here are the recieps of favorite society dinners of Dali and Gala that you can cook by your own !

Mes papiers decoupes – Les mille et une nuits, by Hélène Druvert, Auzou

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One of the most famous and oldest story of the world, which gathers old indo-persian, arab manuscrits
and Antoine Galland’s writtings. A link between East and West to rediscover with the fabulous Hazan
version.

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