6 books that helped me to better understand the meaning of life

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1. Those who Save us (Author: Jenna Blum)- This is a fictional novel about Anna Schlemmer’s life. She refused to talk about her life in Germany during The Second World War for almost fifty years. Trudy is her only daughter. She was 3 years old when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier, Lieutenant Jack Schlemmer who brought them to Minnesota to live with him. Trudy became a professor of German histtory. All she has in her possesion left from her mother is a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy and a Nazi Officer. Now, Trudy started to search her past and her mother’s past and finally unearts the heartbreaking truth about her mother’s life. http://www.goodreads.com
http://www.JennaBlum.com, http://www.HarcourtBooks.com
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2. The Spinoza Problem (Author: Irvine D. Yalom)- This book is a psychological novel and a great work of the author. There are two parallel and closely related stories in the book, about Baruch Spinoza and Alfred Rosenberg, which shares a period of 3 centuries. The Dutch and The Jewish philosopher Spinoza was the founder of enlightenment, psychoanalysis, and biblical criticism. Parallel to the story of Spinoza, the author tells the story of Alfred Rosenberg, one of the main ideology of Nazism. The problem of Spinoza, apart from Rosenberg, was felt by other Nazis. http://www.amazon.com, http://www.goodreads.com,

3. The Secret (Author: Rhonda Byrne)- „As you learn The Secret, you will come to know how you can have, be, or do anything you want. You will come to know who you really are. You will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you in life.“-from the introduction. For more information about the film version of The Secret, please visit http://www.thesecret.tv http://www.simonsays.com
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4. La mano de Fátima I and II book (Author: Ildefonso Falcones)- The work of this remarkable novel is in Spain, in the period from the late 16th century, and at the turn of the 17th century. Then Spain was ruled by King Philip II. Spain is experiencing numerous political turmoil and internal conflicts that have far-reaching consequences. The main character of the novel is Fernando Ruis, son of The Moorish woman raped by a Catholic priest. Throughout the whole novel, we follow Fernando, his personal life, and his tireless struggle to overcome the gap between the two religions, both Catholic and Muslim. Fernando also strives to contribute to a peaceful understanding between the winners and the defeated. Because of its Arab origin, Fernando remains a Muslim among the Christians. Among the Muslims, however, Fernando was “marked” and despised by the end of the novel. The novel’s work deals with the oppressed and disenchanted Moorish people, who are raising the uprising against Christians. This is an exciting and universal story of life full of reverberations in which the true affairs of Spain are told from the late 16th century, and at the turn of the 17th century. At the height of its political power, the Kingdom of Spain transparently reveals all the horrors of social decline. Randon House Mondadori (Barcelona, Spain), http://www.amazon.com, http://www.goodreads.com,
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5. Jiemi (Author: Mai Jia)- A mathematician genius known all over the world is involved in the world of cryptography and secrets of the Chinese intelligence service. He is engaged to decode the infamous code of their enemy. In a society of bounty and corruption, the main hero is forced to leave his academic dreams. He should be confronted with his former friend and teacher. Solomon’s code is an original and fascinating story in which all the secrets of the human heart are found. http://www.amazon.com, http://www.goodreads.com
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6. 2666 I and II book (Author: Roberto Bolaňo)- This novel is Roberto Bolaño’s last work which was his masterpiece. Roberto Bolaño has seen as the most important Latin-American writer since Gabriel García Márquez. 2666 is dauntingly bulky novel. 2666 is a novel of stupefying ambition with a mock-documentary element at its core. It is divided into five loosely connected sections, each of which could stand as a novel in their own right (and indeed Bolaño expressed a wish, ignored by his executors, for them to be published separately). We begin in familiar territory, with a tale of four literary critics from different European countries who are united both by their promiscuity and their obsession with a cult German novelist called Benno von Archimboldi. Little is known about Archimboldi other than that he is very tall, very old and that he disappeared in early adulthood (although he has continued writing ever since). Discovering his whereabouts has long been a dream for the critics. At a conference in Toulouse, a chance meeting throws up evidence that Archimboldi recently travelled to the Mexican border town of Santa Teresa. The critics go there in the hope of tracking him down. Both the next two sections are set in Santa Teresa but the critics have disappeared from view (this is a novel with many disappearances). Instead, the focus switches to two other outsiders: a depressive Spanish literature professor who moved to the town after his wife’s death, and a black American journalist who is there for a few days to cover a boxing bout. Gradually, the tone darkens and an atmosphere of menace takes over. Snatches of conversation are overheard in bars and restaurants – references to “the killings”. It emerges that Santa Teresa is the scene of one of the most horrific crime sprees imaginable. 2666 is indeed Bolaño’s master statement, not just on account of its length and quality but also because it is the fullest expression of his two abiding themes: the writing life and violence. Bolaño’s interest in the former is easy to explain – he believed that a life dedicated to literature was the only one worth living. But his fascination with violence is more complex. One explanation can be found in his background. As someone who came of age during the era of South America’s dirty wars, it is understandable that he should side with the view he attributes to one of the characters in 2666, who sees history as a “simple whore… a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness”.
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