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#21 lexiepiper

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:48 PM

Of course, no prob!

#22 Nollaig

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:50 PM

cool, will you just copy paste countries 100-198 please?

Obviously I'll then have to get you to edit them as necessary, but hey, you get to be involved! =P

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:55 PM

Sorry, I just copied 101-198, but i added 100 in now hehe :D and I don't mind at all having to change them :D

#24 Nollaig

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:04 PM

Its fine hehe, thanks! =D

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:09 PM

There are some good choices on here - http://www.readingtheworld.org - for my challenge, I am going to stick to authors from the countries on the list. If they happen to be writing about their home country, then all the better, but I am not going to let that be the deciding factor. I don't want to narrow my choices any more than necessary!

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:12 PM

Anyone found any books written by someone from Andorra? I think this one might have to be one of those ones that I use lexipiper's suggestion & read a book about the country, rather than a book written by someone from that country.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:29 PM

Anyone found any books written by someone from Andorra? I think this one might have to be one of those ones that I use lexipiper's suggestion & read a book about the country, rather than a book written by someone from that country.


No, I've not managed to find anything, I'll still keep looking, but I think it will be one we'll need to read about the country

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:28 AM

5. Angola - ["Jaime Bunda: Secret Agent" - Pepetela] ["The Return of the Water Spirit" - Pepetela]
7. Argentina - ["The Tango Singer" - Tomas Eloy Martinez]
14. Bangladesh - ["Brick Lane" - Monica Ali] ["A Golden Age" - Tahmima Anam]
38. Colombia - ["Delirium" - Laura Restrepo]
44. Cuba - ["Adios Hemingway" - Leonardo Padura Fuentes]
50. Dominican Republic - ["In The Time Of The Butterflies" - Julia Alvarez]
52. East Timor - ["The Crossing" - Luis Cardoso]
59. Ethiopia - ["Children of the Revolution" - Dinaw Mengestu] ["The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" - Dinaw Mengestu]
63. Gabon - ["Mema" - Daniel Mengara]
67. Ghana - ["No Sweetness Here" - Ama Ata Aidoo]
79. Indonesia - ["All That Is Gone" - Pramoedya Ananta Toer]
80. Iran - ["The Septembers Of Shiraz" - Dalia Sofer] ["The Blood Of Flowers" - Anita Amirrezvani]
83. Israel - ["We Just Want to Live Here" - Amal Rifa'i, Odelia Ainbinde & Sylke Tempel]
89. Kenya - ["Unbowed" - Wangari Maathai]
98. Lebanon - ["Gate Of The Sun" - Elias Khoury] ["Yalo" - Elias Khoury]

101. Libya - ["In The Country of Men" - Hisham Matar]
108. Malaysia - ["Evening Is The Whole Day" - Preeta Samarasan]
121. Morocco - ["This Blinding Absence Of Light" - Tahar Ben Jelloun]
122. Mozambique - ["A River Called Time" - Mia Couto] ["Sleepwalking Land" - Mia Couto]
127. New Zealand - ["Mister Pip" - Lloyd Jones]
142. Portugal - ["Blindness" - JosÚ Saramago] ["The Book of Disquiet" - Fernando Pessoa]
145. Russia - ["War and Peace" - Leo Tolstoy]
153. Saudi Arabia - ["Girls of Riyadh" - Rajaa Alsanea]
154. Scotland - ["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]
158. Sierra Leon - ["A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" - Ishmael Beah]
163. Somalia - ["Secrets" - Nuruddin Farah] ["Aman: Story of a Somali Girl" - Aman] ["Infidel" - Ayaan Hirsi Ali]
165. Spain - ["The Shadow of the Wind" - Carlos Ruiz Zafˇn]
166. Sri Lanka - ["Heaven's Edge" - Romesh Gunesekera]
167. Sudan - ["Minaret" - Leila Aboulela] ["The Translator" - Leila Aboulela]
170. Sweden - ["The Visit of the Royal Physician" - Per Olov Enquist] ["Hanna's Daughters" - Marianne Fredriksson]
171. Switzerland - ["Heidi" - Johanna Spyri]
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]
181. Turkey - ["Istanbul" - Orhan Pamuk]
184. Uganda - ["Abyssinian Chronicles" - Moses Isegawa]
193. Vietnam - ["Paradise of the Blind" - Duong Thu Huong] ["Beyond Illusions" - Duong Thu Huong]
198. Zimbabwe - ["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]


An evening's worth of effort! Now I'm off to catch up on my badly neglected book :roll:

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:17 AM

Lexie, you put me to shame with your research!! :roll:

I've updated my post too.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:16 PM

One written by a Russian Author and set in Russia too:

The Master And Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov.

It's a brilliant, very dark and very funny book about good and evil.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:09 PM

Cool, thanks Nellie :roll:

Look, I did research Lexie!
Theres only a couple at the end for you though. Oh and the post above this. :blush:

Armenia - ["The Long Haul" - A.I. Bezzerides]
Lebanon - ["A Balcony over the Fakihani" - Liyana Badr]
Botswana - ["Maru, a Novel" - Bessie Head]
Barbados - ["The Emigrants" - George Lamming]
Bosnia - [" The Bridge on the Drina" - Ivo Andric]
Bulgaria - ["Under the Yoke" - Ivan Vazov]
El Salvador - ["A Place Called Milagro de La Paz" - Manilo Argueta]
Finland - ["Wonderful Women by the Water" - Monika Fagerholm]
Guatemala - ["Men of Maize" - Miguel Angel Asturias]
Haiti - ["So Spoke the Uncle" - Jean Price-Mars]
Korea - [" Land: A Novel" - Kyong-ni Park]


Netherlands - ["The Discovery of Heaven: A Novel" - Harry Mulisch] ["In Babylon" - Marcel M÷ring]
Phillippines - ["Child of Two Worlds: An Autobiography of a Filipino-American" - Norman Reyes]
Thailand - ["Traditional Thai Ways: References Collected from the Story of Khun Chang" - Khun Paen]
Ukraine - ["Recreations" - Yuri Andrukhovych]


Also you might add: 92/198 countries (thats how many we have)

Edited by Nollaig, 05 January 2009 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:12 PM

Thats an awfully long list of books, how long do you think it will take to read them?

#33 Nollaig

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:18 PM

4 years.

If you read a book a week.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:26 PM

Blimey, thats quite a challenge... good luck!

#35 Nollaig

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:26 PM

Hah I never said I was doing it, I said I was compiling the list :roll:

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:38 PM

Ha ha! Perhaps we could split it between a few of us, take a region each!

#37 Nollaig

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:39 PM

Haha yeah, well that'd get it done quickly.

I'll probably work on it in time. I am going to make a list from here and add 5 or 10 every year to my intended reading and do it over time.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:54 PM

I started some research yesterday but got tired of it quickly :roll:

Anyway, I found an author for Angola which actually sounds very good: JosÚ Eduardo Agualusa (My father's wives, The book of Chameleons - Creole)
His books look quite original.

#39 Nollaig

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:57 PM

Tut, tut, Chimera.

Not dedicating time to a nearly-impossible task?

Disgraceful :roll: (kidding, obviously)

I'm only researching because I'm a perfectionist and by God I will fill that list up if I have to change my nationality and write the books myself. :blush:

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 05:19 PM

:roll: :blush: Yeah I know what you mean Roxi!

I've updated all my list now :lol:




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