The Greatest Irish, Croatian "Political" Books of All Time

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The "Political" category of books encompasses works that explore the theory, practice, and history of government and politics. These books may cover topics such as political ideologies, political systems, political institutions, political movements, and political leaders. They may also examine the relationship between politics and other areas of society, such as economics, culture, and international relations. Political books can be both informative and thought-provoking, offering readers insights into the complexities of the political world and the challenges of governing in a democratic society.

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  1. 1. A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works by Jonathan Swift

    This compilation of satirical works by a renowned author includes the infamous "A Modest Proposal," in which the author suggests that the solution to poverty in Ireland is for the poor to sell their children as food to the wealthy. The book also includes other satirical essays that critique societal and political issues of the time, employing irony and sarcasm to expose and criticize human vices and follies. The author's biting wit and masterful use of satire offer a scathing commentary on the social and political landscape of his era.

    The 1374th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. On the Edge of Reason by Miroslav Krleža

    "On the Edge of Reason" is a satirical novel that explores the life of a lawyer who, after publicly criticizing a corrupt official, finds himself ostracized from society. The protagonist's life unravels as he is alienated by his friends, colleagues, and the society he once held in high regard. This leads him to question the rationality of the world around him and the meaning of justice, ultimately driving him to the brink of sanity. The book provides a scathing critique of hypocrisy, corruption, and the herd mentality prevalent in society.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The House Of Splendid Isolation by Edna O'Brien

    The book tells the story of an old woman living in isolation in a grand but dilapidated house in rural Ireland. Her quiet life is disrupted when a fugitive on the run from the law invades her home. As she's forced to coexist with him, she begins to reflect on her own past and the history of the Irish people, leading to a complex exploration of themes such as loneliness, regret, and the struggle for national identity.

    The 4727th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. As If I Am Not There by Slavenka Drakulic

    The book is a harrowing tale of a young woman's survival in a Balkan concentration camp during the Bosnian War. The protagonist, a school teacher, is taken from her village and forced into sexual slavery by the enemy soldiers. It's a stark exploration of the brutalities of war, the dehumanization of individuals, and the resilience of the human spirit. The narrative is a poignant commentary on the horrors of war and the resilience of women in the face of unimaginable atrocities.

    The 4834th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulic

    This book is a poignant and insightful collection of essays that delve into the everyday lives of women under communist regimes in Eastern Europe. Through personal narratives and observations, the author explores the harsh realities and small acts of resistance that characterized life behind the Iron Curtain. From the scarcity of basic necessities to the suppression of individual freedoms, the book reveals the resilience and ingenuity of women who navigated a world of political oppression, economic hardship, and social conformity, often finding ways to inject humor and hope into their struggle for survival and dignity.

    The 5174th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Ministry Of Pain by Dubravka Ugrešić

    "The Ministry of Pain" is a powerful and introspective novel that follows the life of Tanja Lucić, a Croatian immigrant and former professor of literature, as she navigates the challenges of living in exile in Amsterdam. Through Tanja's perspective, the book explores themes of loss, displacement, and the struggle to preserve one's identity in a foreign land. With a blend of dark humor and poignant observations, the author delves into the complexities of memory, trauma, and the enduring pain of war, offering a profound exploration of the human condition.

    The 6412th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson

    Set in Belfast during the tumultuous end of the Troubles, the novel is a tale of friendship, love, and the complexities of life in a city riven by political and sectarian strife. It follows the lives of two friends from different backgrounds—one Catholic, one Protestant—as they navigate the challenges of daily life amidst the violence and social upheaval of their environment. Their personal stories of romance, loss, and the search for meaning are interwoven with dark humor and a deep sense of humanity, offering a poignant reflection on the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

    The 6826th Greatest Book of All Time

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