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List of President Xi’s Books: Tagore, Shakespeare and Russian Writers

Chinese President Xi urged people to learn more on World Book Day as his book recommendations began to gain popularity on Chinese social media.

The Chinese president also called on Communist Party leaders to “take the lead in reading” and encouraged children to develop reading habits.

President Xi reportedly read Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore’s works, including “Gitanjali”, “The Crescent Moon” and “The Gardener”, which “greatly inspired” him.

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Xi also read the works of Russian writers, including “A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov, including “The Communist Manifesto”, “Das Kapital” and the classic novel “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy.

Reports claim that Xi had arrived in China’s Shaanxi province in 1969 as a youngster with a suitcase full of books. The Chinese president offered people a look at his library in 2013 and often quoted famous lines during his speeches.

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Xi reportedly called the “Communist Manifesto” a “rich theoretical treasure” that can help draw out “spiritual nourishment.”

Xi also listed Shakespeare’s works, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “Twelfth Night”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “Othello”, “King Lear” and “Macbeth” among his favorites and read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”.

The Communist Party chairman called “Les Miserables” a “great work” while praising its “great power to move readers”.

(With agency contributions)