LibriVox Languages

Posted on July 13, 2013 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

LibriVox is eight, it is! And we are happy to celebrate the great diversity of our readers with the following 10 non-English gems from our catalog.

Si Amboy ang Palahubog, by Vicente Rama, tells the story of drunkard Amboy and how he is willing to sacrifice his family for his great love alcohol. The book is written in Bisaya, one of the languages of the Philippines.

An important work of Tamil literature is the Tiruppavai by Andal. In its 30 stanzas, the lord Vishnu is praised, and the poetry is traditionally recited by unmarried girls in order to pray for a happy marriage.

The Ukrainian Leonid Glibov has written a great number of original Fables relating to his fatherland. Here, we present a selection – more than 100 of them – in their original language.

Vladimir Jabotinski was a Russian author whose writings greatly influenced the Zionist movement in his country. Jews and Russia is a collection of his articles written from 1903 – 1912.

The Jewish writer Uri Nissan Gnessin relates in Etsel the tragic story of a young man befallen by a strange heart disease so that he is unable to give or even receive love. This book is written and read in Hebrew.

Love, truth, goodness, and morality are themes of the Legends from the Old Mountain. The Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov tells in ten short stories the old legends from the Balkans.

A more spiritual direction takes Al Mawardi in his book Kitab Adab al Dunya w’al Din. He explains – in Arabic – his views on Islamic philosophy, and explores topics like “Ethics of Life, Religion, and Spirit.”

Somewhat more exotic questions like “What is the strange smell in a place full of roses?” are answered in Na wzgórzu róż, containing six stories by Polish writer Stefan Grabiński.

The Swedish author Anders Ramsay tells about his experiences with aristocratic life in the 19th century and the Finnish industrialization in his autobiography Från barnaår till silfverhår (From Childyears to Silverhair).

La Locandiera is considered Carlo Goldoni’s masterpiece. The three act comedy tells about a female innkeeper who tries to keep the advances of her male customers at bay… This is a dramatic reading with a full Italian cast.

Enjoy – and Happy 8th birthday, LibriVox!

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