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Read these nine Kindle books from around the world for FREE

I was about to call it a day and go to have some cold ice tea in a cafe across the street when I glimpsed at an incoming email from Amazon. Curiously, I started to read it and learnt that U.S. readers can download nine (yes, NINE) free Kindle books in translation for one week in honor of World Book Day.

World Book Day is the annual April 23rd celebration of reading across the globe. It is indeed a cause for celebration for you as a customer can download the English-language translation of award-winning foreign-language books curated by AmazonCrossing editors starting today and concluding at 11:59PM PDT on April 24.


So without further ado, these are the nine Kindle books from around the world that you can download to your Kindle device or your iPad/tablet using the free Kindle app, and read them absolutely for free:

 

A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea

1. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from …

 

The House by the River by Lena Manta

2. The House by the River by Lena Manta

Theodora knows she can’t keep her five beautiful daughters at home forever—they’re too curious, too free spirited, too like their late father. And so, before each girl leaves the small house on the riverside at the foot of Mount Olympus, Theodora makes sure they know they are always welcome to …

 

Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders Book 1) by Viveca Sten

3. Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders Book 1) by Viveca Sten

On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.

Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident—until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast. But this time it is Berggren’s cousin, whom Thomas interviewed in Stockholm just …

 

The Great Passage by Shion Miura

4. The Great Passage by Shion Miura

Kohei Araki believes that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years of creating dictionaries, it’s time for him to retire and find his replacement.

He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime—a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguistics whom he swipes from his company’s sales …


Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel Kindle Edition by Ayse Kulin

5. Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel Kindle Edition by Ayse Kulin

As the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.

But when the Nazis invade France and begin rounding up Jews, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing—not war, not politics, not even religion—can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of their fellow citizens trapped …

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

6. The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws—all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers’ eyes.

But student deaths and mounting pressure from the Outsides put the time-defying order of the House in danger. As the tribe leaders struggle to maintain …

 

The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak

7. The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak

In this sweeping saga of love, loss, revolution, and the resilience of the human spirit, Amba must find the courage to forge her own path.

Amba was named after a tragic figure in Indonesian mythology, and she spends her lifetime trying to invent a story she can call her own. When she meets two suitors who fit perfectly into her namesake’s myth, Amba cannot help but feel that fate is teasing her. Salwa, respectful to a fault, pledges to honor and protect Amba, no matter what. Bhisma, a sophisticated, European-trained doctor, offers her sensual pleasures and a world of ideas. But military coups and religious disputes make 1960s Indonesia a place of …

 

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

8. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.

He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re …

 

Ten Women Kindle Edition by Marcela Serrano

9. Ten Women Kindle Edition by Marcela Serrano

For nine Chilean women, life couldn’t be more different. There is the teenage computer whiz confronting her sexual identity. A middle-aged recluse who prefers the company of her dog over that of most humans. A housekeeper. A celebrity television personality. A woman confronting the loneliness of old age.

Of disparate ages and races, these women represent the variety of cultural and social groups that Chile comprises. On the surface, they seem to have nothing in common, except for their beloved therapist, who brings them together. Yet as different as they all are, each woman has …

 

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