Reading the World (2nd Edition)

This page keeps track of my Reading the World project, based on the UN countries list. I started this project years back but I have not been pursuing new countries for a while, so I feel like the project needs to be refreshed and I need to refocus, hence the 2nd Edition!

The rules are similar. I would categorize based on either the majority of the settings of the book, or the origin of the author, whichever is more prominent. For countries I read a huge amount of books from (i.e. UK, US, Japan), I’m listing books that I think best represent the country. To keep the list neat, I’ll only include one book per author, and maximum three books per country – all the while making sure that the list is varied per country, in terms of place and time the books are set in.

14 May 2014

I’m giving credit to Biblioglobal for the renewal of my project. We also seem to share a lot of books in our list! For record purposes, on 14 May 2014 I have read books from 30 countries (out of 193 countries), and at this point I’m going to make a priority to read countries that I have visited in real life, but have not read anything from: Spain, Austria, Turkey, and Morocco (I also need to fill in Greece and Switzerland, but am finding these two to be difficult). I will also try to read more of European countries.

 

Afghanistan – The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina – Fictions (Ficciones) – Jorge Luis Borges
Armenia
Australia – The Arrival – Shaun Tan, The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh – Banker to the Poor – Muhammad Yunus
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium – I Choose to Live – Sabine Dardenne
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada – The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China – Waiting – Ha Jin, The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck, Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang (Hong Kong)
Colombia – One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Comoros
Congo (Republic of the)
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire – Aya – Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic – The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera, Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France – The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Manon Lescaut – Abbé Prévost
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany – The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India – A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Indonesia
Iran – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Iraq
Ireland
Israel – Exit Wounds – Rutu Modan
Italy – Silk – Alessandro Baricco, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
Jamaica
Japan – Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami, Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
Jordan
Kazakhstan – The Dead Lake – Hamid Ismailov
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Moldova (Republic of)
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands – Vincent – Barbara Stok (much of the setting is in France)
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria – Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe, Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
North Korea – Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Norway
Oman
Pakistan – Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie (setting also in Japan, India, and USA)
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland – The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman (author is American of Polish descent)
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia – Princess – Jane Sasson
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone – A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia – Desert Flower – Waris Dirie
South Africa – Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Switzerland
Sweden – The Sibyl – Pär Lagerkvist (but not set in Sweden)
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – Great Expectations – Charles Dickens, The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
United States – To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, East of Eden – John Steinbeck, The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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