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Books, Movies, Music: Understanding The Country You Are Travelling To: Part VI

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Books, movies and music. There’s no better way to understand the culture, people and history of the countries you visit. Sarah Merchant gives you a list of what to read, see and watch before you travel

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Books, Movies, Music Part- III

Before you travel to Denmark

Read these books on Denmark

hamlet-front-cover-sourceRead Kierkegaard’s philosophical works

‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’ by William Shakespeare

‘I Am David’ by Anne Holm

 

Watch these films on Denmark

les idiots‘Idiots’ (1998) by Lars Von Trier

‘After the wedding’ (2006) by Susanne Bier

‘Bleeder’ (1999) by Nicolas Winding Refn

 

Listen to the music of Denmark

aquaGroove to the tunes of pop group Aqua

Listen to Carl Nielsen’s six symphonies

Catch the famous danish jazz musician Chris Minh Doky in a live concert

 

 

Before you travel to Poland

Read these books on Poland

cover_boyinthestripedpajamas‘Poland’ by James A Michener

‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ by John Boyne

‘Push Not the River’ by James Conroyd Martin

 

Watch these films on Poland

pianist‘The Pianist’ (2002) by Roman Polanski

‘Schindler’s List’ (1993) by Steven Spielberg

‘The Double Life of Veronique’ (1991) by Krzysztof Kieślowski

 

 Listen to the music of Poland

Krzysztof_KomedaListen to the jazz piano compositions of Krzysztof Komeda

Hear some traditional polish folk music which captures the essence of their past

Catch the tunes of famous polish composers Chopin and Lutosławski

 

Before you travel to Czech Republic

Read these books on Czech Republic

themetamorphosis‘Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka

‘The Book of Laughter and Forgetting’ by Milan Kundera

‘Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia’ by Michal Viewegh

 

Watch these films on Czech Republic

Divided_We_Fall‘Divided We Fall’ (2000) by Jan Hrebejk.

‘Kafka’ (1991) by Steven Soderbergh

‘I Served the King of England’ (2006) by Jiří Menzel

 

 Listen to the music of Czech Republic

krystof_promoListen to Dvořák’s classical compositions

Listen to Bohemian Forest Music

Groove to the tunes of the popular band Kryštof

 

 

Before you travel to Hungary

Read these books on Hungary

fateless‘Fateless’ by Imre Kertész

‘Prague: A Novel’ by Arthur Phillips

‘The Ninth Circle’ by Alex Bell

 

Watch these films on Hungary

an-american-rhapsody-194509l‘6:3’ (1999) by Peter Timar

‘An American Rhapsody’ (2001) by Éva Gárdos

‘Colonel Redl’ (1985) by István Szabó

 

 Listen to the music of Hungary

middle-of-the-road_1942521Any song by Hungarian folk singer Cifra

Listen to the famous and well established Bogyiszló orchestra

Songs by the pop band Middle of the Road

 

 

Before you travel to Mauritius

Read these books on Mauritius

paul-et-virginie-bernardin-de-saint-pierre‘Paul et Virginie’ by Bernadine de St Pierre

‘The Last Brother’ by Nathacha Appanah

‘Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons: A Journey to the Flora and Fauna of a Unique Island’ by Gerald Durrell

 

Watch these films on Mauritius

Kuch-Kuch-Hota-Hai-kuch-kuch-hota-hai-26176828-1000-1500‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998) by Karan Johar

‘The Shaukeens’ (2014) by Abhishek Sharma

‘Jane and the Lost City’ (1987) by Terry Marcel

 

Note: Since, Mauritius doesn’t have a blazing movie industry we are featuring movies in which Mauritius is showcased.

 

Listen to the music of Mauritius

adc53f8f6c192bdccc77acca83978b49Listen to Creole singer, Jean Claude-Monique

Any song by the Bhojpuri Boys

Groove to the tunes of Kaya, the creator of “seggae”

 

 

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Sarah

Tall, lanky and slightly kookie in the head, Sarah Merchant loves travel, music, blogging, reading, talking (a lot) and history. Sarah has a flair for dramatics and dreams of clicking selfies in every part of the world. You can find her on Instagram @saarah030895

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