Books That Made a Difference to Ben Kingsley
In the new movie The Dictator, he plays for laughs. In real life, the actor likes his literature serious and thought-provoking.
O, The Oprah Magazine |
May 22, 2012
In the memoir, de Waal, a British ceramics artist, traces the fascinating narrative of his glamorous, powerful Jewish family, the Ephrussis—who lost nearly everything in World War II except for an exquisite collection of tiny Japanese figurines.
' '"This novel about the ravages of war is based on the idea of tribalism, the hatred and deep mistrust of the Other," Ben Kingsley says.
Journalist Simon's stark depiction of everyday life in wartime focuses on Irena, a Bosnian teenager who becomes one of an army of lithe young snipers during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the '90s.
Lying on his deathbed, a fictional William Shakespeare finally gives voice to his own story.