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#1 Nollaig

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 04:00 AM

*This thread is dedicated to a particular reading challenge which involves is reading (at least) one book by an author from each of the 198 countries in the world.
*This post contains the list of 198 countries, everybody is welcome to participate and everybody is actively encouraged to suggest books from any country to add to the list!
*I'll update the countries as we receive suggestions, up to a maximum of five books per country.
Good luck! :lol:

1. Afghanistan - [" A thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini] ["The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini] ["A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear" - Atiq Rahimi]
2. Albania -
["Chronical in Stone" by Ismail Kadare]
3. Algeria - [ "The Attack" - Yasmina Khadra] ["The Last Summer Of Reason" - Tahar Djaout] ["The Outsider" - Albert Camus]
4. Andorra - ["Andorra" - Michèle Gazier]
5. Angola - ["Jaime Bunda: Secret Agent" - Pepetela] ["The Return of the Water Spirit" - Pepetela]
6. Antigua - [" Annie John" - Jamaica Kincaid]
7. Argentina -
["The Motorcycle Diaries" - Ernesto Che Guevara]["The Tango Singer" - Tomas Eloy Martinez] ["The Book of Murder" - Guillermo Martinez] ["The Bride from Odessa" - Edgardo Cozarinsky]
8. Armenia - ["The Long Haul" - A.I. Bezzerides]
9. Australia - ["The Book Thief" - Markus Zusak] ["Secret Scribbled Notebooks" - Joanne Horniman] ["Temple" - Matthew Reilly] ["The Idea Of Perfection" - Kate Grenville]
10. Austria - ["The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick" - Peter Handke]
11. Azerbaijan
- ["Ali And Nino: A Love Story" - Kurban Said]
12. Bahamas - ["The 99 Cent Breakfast" - Patricia Glinton-Meicholas]
13. Bahrain - ["QuixotiQ" - Ali Al Saeed]
14. Bangladesh -
[" Creating a World Without Poverty" - Muhammad Yunus] ["Brick Lane" - Monica Ali] ["A Golden Age" - Tahmima Anam] ["Lajja" - Taslima Nasrin]
15. Barbados - ["The Emigrants" - George Lamming]
16. Belarus - ["Pack of Wolves" - Vasil Bykov, Lynn Solotaroff]
17. Belgium - ["The Sorrow of Belgium" - Hugo Claus] ["Cheese" - Willem Elsschot]
18. Belize - ["The Festival of San Joaquin" - Zee Edgell] ["Time and the River" - Zee Edgell]
19. Benin - ["Fools,Thieves and Other Dreamers" - Flourent Couoa-Zotti]
20. Bhutan - ["The Circle of Karma" - Kunzang Choden]
21. Bolivia - ["The Fat Man From La Paz" - Rosario Santos]
22. Bosnia - ["The Bridge on the Drina" - Ivo Andric]
23. Botswana - ["Maru, a Novel" - Bessie Head]
24. Brazil - ["By The River Piedra, I Sat Down And Wept" - Paulo Coelho] ["The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho] ["The Lost Manuscript" - Rubem Fonseca] ["Dom Casmurro" - Machado de Assis]
25. Brunei- ["A History of Brunei" - Graham E. Saunders]
26. Bulgaria - ["Under the Yoke" - Ivan Vazov] ["Natural Novel" - Georgi Gospodinov]
27. Burkina Faso - ["Women Writing Africa:W. Africa and the Sahel" - Esi Sutherland]
28. Burma
29. Burundi
30. Cambodia
31. Cameroon
32. Canada -
[" The Girls" - Lori Lansens] ["No Time For Goodbye" - Linwood Barclay] ["River Of The Broken-Hearted" - David Adams Richards] ["Crow Lake" - Mary Lawson]
33. Cape Verde
34. Central African Republic
35. Chad
36. Chile -
["The Savage Detectives" - Roberto Bolaño] ["A Week In October" - Elizabeth Subercaseaux]
37. China - [" Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" - Dai Sijie] ["Waiting" - Ha Jin] ["Chinese Cinderella" - Adeline Yen Mah] ["A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers" - Yiyun Li] ["Falling Leaves Return To Their Roots" - Adeline Yen Mah]
38. Colombia - [" News Of A Kidnapping" - Gabriel García Márquez] ["One Hundred Years of Solitude" - Gabriel García Márquez] ["Love In The Time Of Cholera" - Gabriel García Márquez] ["Delirium" - Laura Restrepo]
39. Comoros
40. Congo -
["The Seven Solitudes of Lorsa Lopez" - Sony Labou Tansi] ["Full Circle" - Frederick Yamusangie]
41. Costa Rica
42. Cote d'ivoire -
["Chasing The Sun" - Véronique Tadjo] ["Allah Is Not Obliged" - Ahmadou Kourouma]
43. Croatia
44. Cuba -
["Adios Hemingway" - Leonardo Padura Fuentes]
45. Cyprus
46. Czech Republic -
["The Little Town Where Time Stood Still" - Bohumil Hrabal] ["The Good Soldier Svejk" - Jaroslav Hasek] ["The Trial" - Franz Kafka]
47. Denmark - ["The Quiet Girl" - Peter Hoeg] ["Out Of Africa" - Isak Dinesen]
48. Djibouti - ["The Land without Shadows" - Abdourahman A. Waberi]
49. Dominica - ["Drown" - Junot Díaz] ["Voyage in the Dark" - Jean Rhys] ["It Falls into Place" - Phyllis Shand Allfrey]
50. Dominican Republic - ["In The Time Of The Butterflies" - Julia Alvarez]
51. Ecuador
52. East Timor -
["The Crossing" - Luis Cardoso]
53. Egypt - [" The Yacoubian Building" - Alaa Al Aswany] ["The Cairo Trilogy" - Naguib Mahfouz] ["Woman At Point Zero" - Nawal El-Saadawi]
54. El Salvador - ["A Place Called Milagro de La Paz" - Manilo Argueta]
55. England -[" The Seventh Sacrament" - David Hewson] ["Labyrinth" - Kate Mosse] ["Chocolat" -Joanne Harris] ["The Treatment" - Mo Hayder]
56. Equatorial Guinea
57. Eritrea
58. Estonia -
["Diary of a Blood Donor" - Mati Unt]
59. Ethiopia - ["Children of the Revolution" - Dinaw Mengestu] ["The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" - Dinaw Mengestu]
60. Fiji
61. Finland -
["Wonderful Women by the Water" - Monika Fagerholm] ["A Fool's Paradise" - Anita Konkka]
62. France - [" Angelina's Children" - Alice Ferney] ["The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" - Jean-Dominique Bauby] ["Shantytown Kid" - Azouz Begag] ["Cousin Bette" - Honore Balzac] ["Just Like Tomorrow" - Faiza Guene] ["Nausea" - Jean-Paul Sartre]
63. Gabon - ["Mema" - Daniel Mengara]
64. (The) Gambia - ["Reading the Ceiling" - Dayo Forster]
65. Georgia -
66. Germany - ["The Glass Bead Game" - Hermann Hesse] ["Inkheart" - Cornelia Funke] ["The Neverending Story" - Michael Ende] ["The Diary of a Young Girl" - Anne Frank] ["The Reader" - Bernhard Schlink] ["Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" - Patrick Suskind]
67. Ghana - ["The Seasons Of Beento Blackbird" - Akosua Busia] ["No Sweetness Here" - Ama Ata Aidoo]
68. Greece - ["The Last Temptation of Christ "] - Nikos Kazantzakis ["The Odyssey" - Homer]
69. Grenada - ["Angel" - Merle Collins]
70. Guatemala - ["Men of Maize" - Miguel Angel Asturias]
71. Guinea - ["The Dark Child" - Camara Laye] ["The Oldest Orphan" - Tierno Monenembo]
72. Guinea-Bissau
73. Guyana
74. Haiti -
["So Spoke the Uncle" - Jean Price-Mars] ["Breath, Eyes, Memory" - Edwidge Danticat] ["Masters of the Dew" - Jacques Roumain]
75. Honduras
76. Hungary
["The Rebels" - Sandor Marai] ["Embers" - Sandor Marai] ["The Scarlet Pimpernel" - Baroness Orczy] ["Kaddish for an Unborn Child" - Imre Kertesz]
77. Iceland - [" Sons Of Dust" - Arnaldur indriða (first in series, also worst)] ["Silence Of The Graves" - Arnaldur indriða (best in the same series)] ["The Pets" - Bragi Olafsson] ["Independent People" - Halldor Laxness]
78. India -[" A Malgudi Omnibus" - R.K. Narayan] ["Q&A" - Vikas Swarup] ["A Bend in the Gange" - Manohar Malgonkar] ["The God of Small Things" -Arundhati Roy] ["Midnight’s Children" - Salman Rushdie] ["The Hero’s Walk" - Anita Rau Badami] ["The Twentieth Wife" - Indu Sundaresan] ["The Space Between Us" - Thrity Umrigar]
79. Indonesia - ["All That Is Gone" - Pramoedya Ananta Toer]
80. Iran - [" Persepolis" - Marjane Satrapi] ["Reading “Lolita” In Tehran" - Azar Nafisi] ["The Septembers Of Shiraz" - Dalia Sofer] ["The Blood Of Flowers" - Anita Amirrezvani]
81. Iraq - ["Saddam City" - Mahmoud Saeed]
82. Ireland (the Republic of) - ["The Secret Scripture" - Sebastian Barry] ["Nights Of Rain And Stars" - Maeve Binchy] ["Anybody Out There?" - Marian Keyes] ["The Blackwater Lightship" - Colm Tobín] ["The Picture Of Dorian Gray" - Oscar Wilde]
83. Israel - ["In The Name Of Sorrow And Hope" - Noa Ben Artzi-Pelossof] ["We Just Want to Live Here" - Amal Rifa'i, Odelia Ainbinde & Sylke Tempel] ["The Saturday Morning Murder" - Batya Gur]
84. Italy - ["Brunetti crime novel series" - Donna Leon] ["The Baron in the Trees" - Italo Calvino] ["Silk" - Alessandro Baricco] ["The Name of the Rose" - Umberto Eco] ["The Shape of Water" - Andrea Camilleri]
85. Jamaica - ["Brother Man" - Roger Mais]
86. Japan - [" Never Let Me Go" - Kazuo Ishiguro] ["Some Prefer Nettles" - Jun'ichiro Tanizaki] ["A Pale View Of Hills" - Kazuo Ishiguro] ["South Of The Border, West Of The Sun" - Haruki Murakami]
87. Jordan - ["A Leap Of Faith: Memoir Of An Unexpected Life" - Queen Noor]
88. Kazakhstan
89. Kenya -
[" A Grain of Wheat" - Ngugi Wa Thiong'O] ["Petals Of Blood" - Ngugi Wa Thiong'O] ["Unbowed" - Wangari Maathai]
90. Kiribati
91. Korea (North)
["Land: A Novel" - Kyong-ni Park]
92. Korea (South) - ["The Reverse Side of Life" - Lee Seung-U]
93. Kosovo
94. Kuwait
95. Kyrgyzstan -
["Jamilia" - Chingiz Aitmatov]
96. Laos
97. Latvia
98. Lebanon -
["Gate Of The Sun" - Elias Khoury] ["Yalo" - Elias Khoury] ["A Balcony over the Fakihani" - Liyana Badr]
99. Lesotho - ["Chaka" - Thomas Mofolo] ["Traveller To The East" - Thomas Mofolo]

Edited by Nollaig, 26 January 2009 - 01:23 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2009 - 04:20 AM

100. Liberia
101. Libya - ["In The Country of Men" - Hisham Matar] ["Gold Dust" - Ibrahim al-Koni]
102. Liechtenstein
103. Lithuania
104. Luxembourg
105. Macedonia
106. Madagascar
107. Malawi -
["The Last of the Sweet Bananas" - Jack Mapanje]
108. Malaysia - ["Evening Is The Whole Day" - Preeta Samarasan]
109. Maldives
110. Mali -
["Sundiata: Epic Of Old Mali" - D.T. Niane]
111. Malta
112. Marshall Islands
113. Mauritania
114. Mauritius
115. Mexico -
[" Like Water For Chocolate" - Laura Esquivel] ["Pedro Paramo" - Juan Rulfo]
116. Micronesia
117. Moldova
118. Monaco
119. Mongolia -
["The Blue Sky" - Galsan Tschinag]
120. Montenegro
121. Morocco -
["A Life Full Of Holes" - Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi] ["Hope And Other Dangerous Pursuits" - Laila Lalami] ["Stolen Lives: Twenty Years In A Desert Jail" - Malika Oufkir] ["This Blinding Absence Of Light" - Tahar Ben Jelloun]
122. Mozambique - ["A River Called Time" - Mia Couto] ["Sleepwalking Land" - Mia Couto]
123. Namibia - ["The Purple Violet of Oshaantu" - Neshani Andreas]
124. Nauru
125. Nepal -
["The Guru of Love" - Samrat Upadhyay]
126. Netherlands (The) - ["The Discovery of Heaven: A Novel" - Harry Mulisch] ["In Babylon" - Marcel Möring]
127. New Zealand - ["Rain" - Kirsty Gunn] ["The Bone People" - Keri Hulme] ["Mister Pip" - Lloyd Jones] ["The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield" - Katherine Mansfield]
128. Nicaragua - ["The Country Under My Skin" - Gioconda Belli]
129. Niger
130. Nigeria -
[" Second Class Citizen" - Buchi Emecheta] ["Things Fall Apart" - Chinua Achebe] ["The Famished Road" - Ben Okri] ["Ake: The Years Of Childhood" - Wole Soyinka] ["Half Of A Yellow Sun" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie] ["Beasts Of No Nation" - Uzodinma Iweala]
131. Norway - ["Growth of the Soil" - Knut Hamsun (nobel prize winning book)] ["Naive.Super" - Erlend Loe] ["To Siberia" - Per Petterson] ["Sophie's World" - Jostein Gaarder]
132. Northern Ireland
133. Oman
134. Pakistan -
["The Reluctant Fundamentalist" - Mohsin Hamid] ["Meatless Days" - Sara Suleri] ["Trespassing" - Uzma Aslam Khan]
135. Palau
136. Panama
137. Papua New Guinea -
["Tales of the Tikongs" - Epeli Hau'ofa]
138. Paraguay
139. Peru -
[" Zorro" - Isabel Allende] ["Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" - Mario Vargas Llosa]
140. Philippines (The) - ["Child of Two Worlds: An Autobiography of a Filipino-American" - Norman Reyes]
141. Poland - ["The Girl in the Red Coat" - Roma Ligocka] ["Lost in Translation" - Eva Hoffman]
142. Portugal - ["Blindness" - José Saramago] ["The Book of Disquiet" - Fernando Pessoa]
143. Qatar
144. Romania -
["Night" - Elie Wiesel]
145. Russia - ["Lolita" - Vladimir Nabokov] ["Crime and Punishment" - Fyodor Dostoevsky] ["The Complete Robot" - Issac Asimov] ["War and Peace" - Leo Tolstoy] ["The Master and Margarita" - Mikhail Bulgakov]
146. Rwanda - ["Left to Tell" - Imaculee Ilibigiza]
147. St. Kitts & Nevis
148. St. Lucia -
["Selected Poetry" - Derek Walcott]
149. St. Vincent & the Grenadines - ["Return to Arcadia" - H. Nigel Thomas]
150. Samoa
151. San Marino
152. Sao Tome & Principe
153. Saudi Arabia -
["Girls of Riyadh" - Rajaa Alsanea] ["Adama" - Turki Al-Hamad]
154. Scotland - [" A Question Of Blood" - Ian Rankin] ["Long Way Down" - Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman] ["Complicity" - Iain Banks]
155. Senegal - ["So Long A Letter" - Mariama Ba] ["God's Bits of Wood" - Sembene Ousmane] ["The Belly Of The Atlantic" - Fatou Diome]
156. Serbia - [" The Bridge over the Drina" - Ivo Andric]
157. Seychelles
158. Sierra Leon -
["A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" - Ishmael Beah]
159. Singapore - ["Following The Wrong God Home" - Catherine Lim]
160. Slovakia
161. Slovenia -
["Joyce's Pupil" - Drago Jancar]
162. Solomon Islands
163. Somalia -
["From A Crooked Rib" - Nuruddin Farah] ["Secrets" - Nuruddin Farah] ["Aman: Story of a Somali Girl" - Aman] ["Infidel" - Ayaan Hirsi Ali]
164. South Africa - ["Disgrace" - J. M. Coetzee] [" Ways of Dying" -Zakes Mda] ["The Other Side Of Silence" - Andre Brink] ["Indaba, My Children" - Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa]
165. Spain - ["The Queen Of The South" - Arturo Pérez-Reverte] ["The Shadow of the Wind" - Carlos Ruiz Zafón]
166. Sri Lanka - ["The English Patient" - Michael Ondaatje] ["Anil's Ghost" - Michael Ondaatje] ["Heaven's Edge" - Romesh Gunesekera] ["Mosquito" - Roma Tearne]
167. Sudan - ["The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur" - Daoud Hari] ["Minaret" - Leila Aboulela] ["The Translator" - Leila Aboulela]
168. Suriname
169. Swaziland
170. Sweden -
[" Pippi Longstocking" - Astrid Lindgren] ["Emil And The Great Escape" - Astrid Lindgren] ["When The Snow Fell" - Henning Mankell] ["The Visit of the Royal Physician" - Per Olov Enquist] ["Hanna's Daughters" - Marianne Fredriksson]
171. Switzerland - ["Heidi" - Johanna Spyri] ["To the End of the World" - Blaise Cendrars]
172. Syria - ["Just Like a River" - Muhammad Kamil Al-Khatib]
173. Taiwan
174. Tajikistan
175. Tanzania -
["Paradise" - Abdulrazak Gurnah] ["By The Sea" - Abdulrazak Gurnah]
176. Thailand - ["Traditional Thai Ways: References Collected from the Story of Khun Chang" - Khun Paen]
177. Togo
178. Tonga
179. Trinidad & Tobago -
["A Bend In The River" - V.S. Naipaul] ["In a Free State" - V.S. Naipaul] ["At The Full And Change Of The Moon" - Dionne Brand]
180. Tunisia - ["The Pillar of Salt" - Albert Memmi] ["Lion Mountain" - Mustapha Tlili]
181. Turkey - ["The 'person of dubious parentage' of Istanbul" - Elif Shafak] ["Istanbul" - Orhan Pamuk]
182. Turkmenistan
183. Tuvalu
184. Uganda -
["Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe" - Doreen Baingana] ["Abyssinian Chronicles" - Moses Isegawa]
185. Ukraine - ["Recreations" - Yuri Andrukhovych] ["This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen" - Tadeusz Borowski]
186. United Arab Emirates
187. United States -
[" Angels & Demons"- Dan Brown] ["Nineteen Minutes" - Jodi Picoult] ["The Memory Keepers Daughter" - Kim Edwards] ["The Notebook" - Nicholas Sparks]
188. Uruguay - ["The Shipyard" - Juan Carlos Onetti]
189. Uzbekistan - ["The Railway" - Hamid Ismailov]
190. Vanuatu
191. Vatican City
192. Venezuela
193. Vietnam -
["Paradise of the Blind" - Duong Thu Huong] ["Beyond Illusions" - Duong Thu Huong]
194. Wales - ["Resistance" - Owen Sheers]
195. Yemen
196. Zaire
197. Zambia -
["Bitterness" - Malama Katulwende]
198. Zimbabwe - ["Nervous Conditions" - Tsitsi Dangarembga] ["When A Crocodile Eats The Sun" - Peter Godwin] ["The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" - Alexander McCall Smith] ["Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter" - J. Nozipo Maraire]

121/198 countries

Edited by lexiepiper, 19 January 2009 - 07:14 PM.


#3 kay_loves_purple

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 06:45 AM

Oooooh, Romania is in there too :D :D

I'm so curious what book will get chosen (I've no idea which of the Romanian writers have been translated into English, I'm guessing not very many) (speaking of translation, at one point I begun translating myself a book I very much liked but got bored after a few pages -- so if you really really find yourselves with no Romanian author to read, I can always (try and) finish my translation :D :D )

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 01:40 PM

http://www.libraryth...llyficti#forums

Courtesy of Ceinwenn heres a list of global books for you to have a look through if you like.
If anyone sees anything interesting be sure to give it a mention!

Kaye: If you know of any particularly good, well-known Romanian books, you could suggest them all the same and we could look for translations.

*Also list is updated now.
I also added two more Irish books, one a traditional culture/society one (figure since we're reading countries we might as well have some culture =P)
I also added two detective fiction books from a bestselling Icelandic author, which my Icelandic friend suggested ^__^
I also have a friend in Denmark, I'll ask her for suggestions too.

Edited by Nollaig, 01 January 2009 - 02:31 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2009 - 05:14 PM

A mixture of books I've read/ want to read:

14. Bangladesh: Muhammad Yunus - Creating a World Without Poverty (autobiography)
37. China: Dai Sijie - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Ha Jin - Waiting
53. Egypt: Alaa Al Aswany - The Yacoubian Building, Naguib Mahfouz - The Cairo Trilogy
78. India: R.K. Narayan - A Malgudi Omnibus, Vikas Swarup - Q&A, Manohar Malgonkar - A Bend in the Gange, Salman Rushdie...
80. Iran: Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis (graphic novel)
84. Italy: Donna Leon - Brunetti crime novel series, Italo Calvino - The Baron in the Trees
86. Japan: Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
89. Kenya: Ngugi Wa Thiong'O - A Grain of Wheat
130. Nigeria: Buchi Emecheta - Second Class Citizen
139. Peru: Mario Vargas Llosa - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
156. Serbia: Ivo Andric - The Bridge over the Drina

This challenge looks great and I might take it on someday but at the moment I want to keep all freedom in my choice of books. Good luck!

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:01 PM

Wahey, I've updated the list with Chimera's suggestions and added a second Japanese book myself :D

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:07 PM

Brilliant, I have subscribed to this thread so it will be easy to find, great job guys. (was 3am when I logged off)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez seems to be the main man in Colombia. I just bought
'One Hundred Years of Solitude'and 'Love In The Time Of Cholera'. They are popular I know, I'm catching up.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:11 PM

I'll add them to the list. Welcome aboard! :D

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:40 PM

I've now added the following countries and books, just thought I'd note it here so people can see the new additions.

Greece - ["The Last Temptation of Christ "] - Nikos Kazantzakis
South Africa - ["Disgrace" - J. M. Coetzee]
China - ["Chinese Cinderella" - Adeline Yen Mah]
France - ["Madame Bovary" - Gustave Flaubert]
Russia - ["Lolita" - Vladimir Nabokov] ["Crime and Punishment" - Fyodor Dostoevsky]
Norway - ["Growth of the Soil" - Knut Hamsun] (nobel prize winning book)
Germany
- ["The Glass Bead Game" - Hermann Hesse]

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:09 PM

Added Alice Ferney -Angelina's Children to France.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 02:37 PM

How about Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart for Nigeria?

You already have some for India, but I would also recommend Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, one of my favorites.

For South Africa, there's Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying, which is another fabulous work.

For Sweden, there's Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking.

Those are the ones that come to mind immediately. Hope this helps!

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 03:40 PM

Thats great Landevale, more suggestions are always welcome!

Added them.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 01:37 AM

Here's what I got from a few hours of research yesterday :D

3. Algeria - ["The Last Summer Of Reason" - Tahar Djaout]
6. Antigua - ["Annie John" - Jamaica Kincaid]
7. Argentina - ["The Motorcycle Diaries" - Ernesto Che Guevara]
9. Australia - ["Secret Scribbled Notebooks" - Joanne Horniman] ["Temple" - Matthew Reilly] ["The Idea Of Perfection" - Kate Grenville]
11. Azerbaijan - ["Ali And Nino: A Love Story" - Kurban Said]
24. Brazil - ["By The River Piedra, I Sat Down And Wept" - Paulo Coelho] ["The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho] ["The Lost Manuscript" - Rubem Fonseca]
32. Canada - ["River Of The Broken-Hearted" - David Adams Richards]
36. Chile - ["The Savage Detectives" - Roberto Bolaño] ["A Week In October" - Elizabeth Subercaseaux]
37. China - ["A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers" - Yiyun Li] ["Falling Leaves Return To Their Roots" - Adeline Yen Mah]
42. Cote d'Ivoire - ["Chasing The Sun" - Véronique Tadjo] ["Allah Is Not Obliged" - Ahmadou Kourouma]
46. Czech Republic - ["The Little Town Where Time Stood Still" - Bohumil Hrabal]
47. Denmark - ["The Quiet Girl" - Peter Hoeg] ["Out Of Africa" - Isak Dinesen]
50. Dominican Republic - ["Drown" - Junot Díaz]
53. Egypt - ["Woman At Point Zero" - Nawal El-Saadawi]
62. France - ["The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" - Jean-Dominique Bauby] ["Shantytown Kid" - Azouz Begag]
66. Germany - ["Inkheart" - Cornelia Funke] ["The Neverending Story" - Michael Ende] ["The Diary of a Young Girl" - Anne Frank] ["The Reader" - Bernhard Schlink] ["Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" - Patrick Suskind]
67. Ghana - ["The Seasons Of Beento Blackbird" - Akosua Busia]
76. Hungary - ["The Rebels" - Sandor Marai] ["Embers" - Sandor Marai] ["The Scarlet Pimpernel" - Baroness Orczy]
77. Iceland - ["The Pets" - Bragi Olafsson]
78. India - ["Midnight’s Children" - Salman Rushdie] ["The Hero’s Walk" - Anita Rau Badami] ["The Twentieth Wife" - Indu Sundaresan] ["The Space Between Us" - Thrity Umrigar]
80. Iran - ["Reading “Lolita” In Tehran" - Azar Nafisi]
83. Israel - ["In The Name Of Sorrow And Hope" - Noa Ben Artzi-Pelossof]
86. Japan - ["A Pale View Of Hills" - Kazuo Ishiguro] ["South Of The Border, West Of The Sun" - Haruki Murakami]
87. Jordan - ["A Leap Of Faith: Memoir Of An Unexpected Life" - Queen Noor]
89. Kenya - ["Petals Of Blood" - Ngugi Wa Thiong'O]
99. Lesotho - ["Chaka" - Thomas Mofolo] ["Traveller To The East" - Thomas Mofolo]
110. Mali - ["Sundiata: Epic Of Old Mali" - D.T. Niane]
121. Morocco - ["A Life Full Of Holes" - Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi] ["Hope And Other Dangerous Pursuits" - Laila Lalami] ["Stolen Lives: Twenty Years In A Desert Jail" - Malika Oufkir]
127. New Zealand - ["Rain" - Kirsty Gunn] ["The Bone People" - Keri Hulme]
130. Nigeria - ["The Famished Road" - Ben Okri] ["Ake: The Years Of Childhood" - Wole Soyinka] ["Half Of A Yellow Sun" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie] ["Beasts Of No Nation" - Uzodinma Iweala]
131. Norway - ["Naive.Super" - Erlend Loe]
134. Pakistan - ["The Reluctant Fundamentalist" - Mohsin Hamid]
141. Poland - ["The Girl in the Red Coat" - Roma Ligocka]
144. Romania - ["Night" - Elie Wiesel]
145. Russia - ["The Complete Robot" - Issac Asimov]
154. Scotland - ["Long Way Down" - Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman]
163. Somalia - ["From A Crooked Rib" - Nuruddin Farah]
164. South Africa - ["The Other Side Of Silence" - Andre Brink] ["Indaba, My Children" - Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa]
165. Spain - ["The Queen Of The South" - Arturo Pérez-Reverte]
170. Sweden - ["Emil And The Great Escape" - Astrid Lindgren] ["When The Snow Fell" - Henning Mankell]
175. Tanzania - ["Paradise" - Abdulrazak Gurnah] ["By The Sea" - Abdulrazak Gurnah]
184. Uganda - ["Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe" - Doreen Baingana]
198. Zimbabwe - ["Nervous Conditions" - Tsitsi Dangarembga]

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:09 AM

Woah, you crazy crazy research girl O.o

I feel like I'm not researching enough now :D

I'll start working on those now, thats fantastic. :D

EDIT: and you even formatted them properly so they match what I've done! That makes my job SO much easier! Thank you! :D

SECOND EDIT: My god. Inkheart. Thats one of my favourite trilogies ever, and I didn't think of it. :D

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:29 AM

Stumbed across this great looking blog yesterday. I still have to explore it fully but I think you should find nice ideas on it.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:30 AM

Ooooh lovely Chimera, thanks :D

I'm gonna have a look through that in a minute.

Added:
Belgium: ["The Sorrow of Belgium" - Hugo Claus]
Brazil: ["Dom Casmurro" - Machado de Assis]
Iceland: ["Independent People" - Halldor Laxness]
Rwanda: ["Left to Tell" - Imaculee Ilibigiza]
Sudan: ["The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur" - Daoud Hari]
Turkey: ["The 'person of dubious parentage' of Istanbul" - Elif Shafak]
Wales: ["Resistance" - Owen Sheers]
Uruguay: ["The Shipyard" - Juan Carlos Onetti]

Edited by Nollaig, 03 January 2009 - 12:30 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:04 PM

Chimera's link there raises an interesting question - I just started going through it, but a lot of the books those people chose are books about countries, not just FROM countries, so that the readers get some cultural idea of the country the book is set in.

Theres quite a few countries we don't have, not written by authors of those countries, but explicitly set in those countries.

Should we include them or not?

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:17 PM

Theres quite a few countries we don't have, not written by authors of those countries, but explicitly set in those countries.

Should we include them or not?


Oh, hadnt noticed that difference.

I think the aim isnt the same. When reading authors from different countries you discover different perspectives, different styles, different ways of seeing things and telling stories. And you give as much credit to authors from different origins

When you read about a country you vary the themes, the location... but a british author writing about britain or china might have a similar perspective on things. It's still a great way of learning about the country though (if the author knows it well enough...).

The best of course, would be to read books written by a local author about the country :D

It's a question of choice really. What are you looking for in this challenge?

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:30 PM

Hmm I think for some of the smaller countries we might need to do books about that country rather than by an author, as I don't think it'll be possible to find translated books from every country

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:43 PM

Well we can try at least to get as many countries as possible and if we have to resort to books ABOUT countries, I guess thats better than nothing.

Lexie - I need to ask you about altering your first post on this thread. Its the second post in the thread (after my main one.) I've run out of characters in the first post, so what I wanted to ask was, would you mind pasting half the list of countries in your post? Otherwise I'll have to put the second half way down here, and I don't really want to do that.




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