Around the World in 80 Books – No time Limit

Adapted from Oprah’s web site – I am going to read 80 books that will take me around the world. This is a personal challenge – but if you want to use the idea and do your own – then that’s fine too.The settings have to be in other countries, only one from each country – but not necessarily translated from the languages. How many countries in the world? well that changes – there is no definitive answer – but I am using the list from World Atlas Online.

The countries of the world are loosely divided into the following great regions: Africa, Antarctica, Arctic, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America. I will divide my reading up between these regions and to ensure that I have travelled around the world I will need to ‘visit’ each of these regions.

Want some suggestions for books based in different countries? Then try this really great website,  World Literature.  Also, ‘Bonnie’ is doing her own challenge called Book around the World – she is looking for suggestions for one good book for each country of the world – then to read it – she has no time limit either.

I am not setting myself a time limit on this – just plodding through. I will record books here – I will have my read list – and a suggestion or possible book list.

Books I have read (Running total: 24):

Africa – 5
Whatever you do don’t run by Peter Allison (Botswana)
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton (Kenya)
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza (Rwanda)
Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster (The Gambia)

Arctic/Antarctic – 2
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White (Antarctica)
Arctic Diary: Surviving on Thin Ice by Sam Branson (Arctic)

Asia/South East Asia/ NorthAsia – 3
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (China)
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (India)
Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda (Japan)

Australia/Oceania – 1
The Redemption Of Elsdon Bird by Noel Virtue (New Zealand)

Caribbean – 0

Central America – 0

Europe – 7
Seasons of My life by Hannah Hauxwell (England)
Voices by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo (Norway)
Heidi by Johanna Spyri (Switzerland)
Finding Nino: A Sea Change in Italy by Marc Llewellyn (Italy)
Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce (Wales)
The Lacemakers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri (Ireland)

Middle East – 2
Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis (Afghanistan)
From Baghdad With Love by Jay Kopelman (Iraq)

North America – 2
Still Life by Louise Penny (Canada)
Life as we knew it by Susan Pfeffer (USA)

South America – 2
Diego! Run by Deborah Ellis (Bolivia)
On a Hoof and a Prayer by Polly Evans (Argentina)


Possible books:

Simon’s Family by Marianne Fredriksson – Sweden
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb – Ethiopia
The beautiful things that Heaven Bears – Ethiopia
The sex lives of cannibals by J Maartin Troost (South Pacific – Republic of Kiribati) – I have it
Unwanted: A Memoir by Kien Nguyen – Vietnam (At public library)
The Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise Brown – Pakistan
Arctic adventure by Willard Price – Arctic
Mango Elephants in the Sun by Susana Herrera – Cameroon
Glory in a Camel’s Eye by Jeffrey Tayler – Morocco

Suggestions from The Travel Book

AFGHANISTAN
The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
Afghan Caravan by Idris Shah

ALBANIA
Broken April by Ismail Kadare
Biografi by Lloyd Jones

ALGERIA
Between Sea and Sahara: An Algerian Journal by Eugene Fromentin
Nedjima by Kateb Yacine

ANDORRA
Andorra by Peter Cameron
Approach to the History of Andorra by Lidia Armengol Vila

ANGOLA
Angola Beloved by T. Ernest Wilson

ANGUILLA
Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam: Short Stories by Caribbean Women
Under an English Heaven by Donald E. Westlake

ANTARCTICA
Aurora Australis by Ernest Shackleton
Shiver by Nikki Gemmell

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda: A Historical Sketch by Desmond Nicholson

ARGENTINA
A Secret for Julia by Patricia Sagastizabal
Bad Times in Buenos Aires by Miranda France

ARMENIA
The Crossing Place by Phillip Marsden

ARUBA & NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Nights in Aruba by Andrew Holleran

AUSTRALIA
Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

AUSTRIA
The Left-Handed Woman by Peter Hanke
The Nebelungenlied
Tractatus by Wittgenstein

AZERBAIJAN
Leyli and Majnun by Mehmed bin Suleyman Fuzuli
Ali and Nino by Kurban Said

BAHAMAS
Paradise Overdose by Brian Antoni

BAHRAIN
Looking for Dilmun by Geoffrey Bibby

BANGLADESH
Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Bangladesh: Reflections on the Water by James J. Novak

BARBADOS
Castle of My Skin by George Lamming

BELARUS
Two Souls by Maxim Haradsky

BELGIUM
A Tall Man in a Low Land by Harry Pearson
The Sorrow of Belgium by Hugo Claus

BELIZE
Belizious Cuisine

BENIN
The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin

BERMUDA
Bermuda’s Story by Terry Tucker

BHUTAN
A Baby in a Backpack to Bhutan by Bunty Avieson

BOLIVIA
The Fat Man from La Paz: Contemporary Fiction from Bolivia by Rosario
Santos

BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA
The Fall of Yugoslavia by Misha Glenny

BOTSWANA
Bayeyi & Hambukushu: Tales from the Okavango
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

BRAZIL
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Masters and the Slaves by Gilberto Freyre

BRUNEI
Time and the River by Prince Mohamed Bolkiah

BULGARIA
Bulgarian Rhapsody by Linda J. Forristal

BURKINA FASO
The Maxims, Thoughts and Riddles of the Mossi by Dim-Dolobsom Oudraogo

BURUNDI
Burundi on the Brink 1993-95 by Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah

CAMBODIA
The River of Time by John Swain

CAMEROON
The Poor Christ of Bomb by Mongo Beti
The White Man of God by Kenjo Jumban

CANADA
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

CAPE VERDE
Arquipelago by Jorge Barbosa

CAYMAN ISLANDS
The Cayman Islands: The Beach and Beyond by Martha K. Smith

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The Central African Republic: The Continent’s Hidden Heart by Thomas
E. O’Toole

CHAD
Chad: A Nation in Search of Its Future by Mario J. Azevedo

CHILE
House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

CHINA
The Search for Modern Island by Jonathan D. Spence
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Imperial Women by Pearl S. Buck

COLUMBIA
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Poetry by Jose Asuncion Silva

COMOROS & MAYOTTE
The Comoros Islands: Struggle Against Dependency in the India Ocean
by Malyn Newitt

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF (ZAIRE)
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz by Michaela Wrong
The Catastrophist by Ronan Bennett

CONGO, REPUBLIC OF
Congo Journey by Redmond O’Hanlon

COOK ISLANDS
An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion

COTE D’IVOIRE
Climbie by Bernard Dadie
Le Fils de la Femme Male by Maurice Bandaman

CROATIA
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
Café Europa by Slavenka Drakulic

CUBA
Trading with the Enemy byTom Miller

CYPRESS
Journey into Cypress by Colin Thubron

CZECH REPUBLIC
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
Utz by Bruce Chatwin

DENMARK
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales
Kierkegaard’s philosophical works

DJIBOUTI
Khamsine by William JF Syad

DOMINICA
Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rys
The Orchid House by Phyllis Shad Allfrey

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

EAST TIMOR
The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo
Crossing: A Story of East Timor by Luis Cardoso

ECUADOR
Huasipungo (The Villagers) by Jorge Icaza
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

EGYPT
Cairo: The City Victorious by Max Rodenbeck
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

EL SALVADOR
Cuentos de Barro (Tales of Mud) by Salarrue

ENGLAND
The English by Jeremy Paxman

EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley

ERITREA
Eritrea at a Glance by Mary Houdek
Even the Stones are Burning by Roy Pateman

ESTONIA
The Czar’s Madman by Jaan Kross

ETHIOPIA
The Sign and the Seal by Graham Hancock

FALKLAND ISLANDS
The Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings

FIJI
Children of the Sun by Bryan McDonald

FINLAND
Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi

FRANCE
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

FRENCH GUIANA
Papillon by Henri Charriere

GABON
African Silences by Peter Matthiessen

GAMBIA
Chaff on the Wind by Ebou Dibba

GEORGIA
Please Don’t Call It Soviet Georgia by Mary Russel
Bread and Ashes by Tony Anderson

GERMANY
Faust by Goethe
The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass

GHANA
Asante: The Making of a Nation by Nana Otamakuro Adubofour

GREECE
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

GREENLAND
Last Places: A Journey in the North by Lawrence Millman

GRENADA
Under the Silk Cotton Tree: A Novel by Jean Buffong

GUADELOUPE
Anabase by Alexis Leger
The Tree of Life by Maryse Conde

GUAM & NORTHERN MARIANAS
Micronesia: Winds of Change

GUATEMALA
Hombres de Maiz by Miguel Angel Asturias

GUINEA
L’Enfant Noir by Camara Laye

GUINEA-BISSAU
Under the Neem Tree by Susan Lowerre

GUYANA
To Sir With Love by ER Braitwaite
Nine-Two Days by Evelyn Waugh

HAITI
Beast of the Haitian Hills by Pierre Marcelin
All Souls’ Rising by Madison Smartt Bell

HONDURAS
El Gran Hotel by Guillermo Yuscaran
The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinski

HONG KONG
An Insular Possession by Timothy Mo
Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester

HUNGARY
Fateless by Kmre Kertesz
Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Geza Gardonyi

ICELAND
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Angels of the Universe by Einar Mar Gudmundsson

INDIA
Discovery of India by Jawaharlal
India: A Milion Mutinies Now by V S Naipaul

INDONESIA
The Fugitive by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Saman by Ayu Utami

IRAN
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina Nahai
Persian Pilgrimages by Afshin Molavi

IRAQ
The New Iraz by Joseph Braude
Gilgamesh

IRELAND
McCarthy’s Bar

ISRAEL
Amos Oz

ITALY
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

JAMAICA
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

JAPAN
Inside Japan by Peter Tasker
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

JORDAN
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence

KAZAKHSTAN
The Silk Road by Irene Frank

KENYA
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

KIRIBATI
In Search of Tusitala by Gavin Bell

KOREA, NORTH
KOREA, SOUTH
Yi Sang’s Wings
Korea Unmasked by Rhie Won-Bok

KUWAIT
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman

KYRGYZSTAN
Djamila by Chinghiz Aitmatov

LAOS
Bamboo Palace by Christopher Kremmer

LATVIA
Lacplesis (The Bear Slayer) by Andrejs Pumpurs

LEBANON
From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple

LESOTHO
Stories By and About Women in Lesotho by K. Limakatso Kendall

LIBERIA
Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State by John-Peter Pham

LIBYA
Ismailia Eclipse by Khaled Mattawa

LIECHTENSTEIN
Secrets of the Smallest State of Europe by Thomas Ecchardt

LITHUANIA
Balta drobule by Antanas Skma

LUXEMBOURG
How to Remain What You Are by George Muller

MACAU
City of Broken Promises by Austin Coates

MACEDONIA
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West

MADAGASCAR
Madagascar, Island of the Ancestors by John Mack

MALAWI
The Rainmaker by Steve Chimombo
Jungle Lovers by Paul Theroux

MALAYSIA
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Return by KS Maniam

MALDIVES
Mysticism in the Maldives

MALI
The Unveiling of Timbuctoo by Gailbraith Welch

MALTA
For Rozina…A Husband by Francis Ebejer
The Kappilan of Malta by Nicolas Monserrat

MARSHALL ISLANDS
Man This Reef by Gerald Knight

MARTINIQUE
The Collected Poetry of Aime Cesaire
Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau
Malemort by ESdouard Glissant

MAURITANIA
Impossible Journey: Two Against the Sahara by Michael Asher

MAURITIUS
Paul et Virginie by Bernardin de St Pierre
Petrusmok by Malcolm de Chazal

MEXICO
History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF
Islands Islands: A Special Good by Bernadette V Wehrly

MOLDOVA
Playing the Moldovans a Tennis by Tony Hawkes
The Moldovans by Charles King

MONACO
Anything Considered by Peter Mayle
The Bridesmaids

MONGOLIA
The Secret History of the Mongols

MONTENEGRO
Wild Europe by Bozuidar Jezernik

MOROCCO
Year of the Elephant by Leila Abouzeid
Women of Marrakesh by Leonora Peet

MOZAMBIQUE
Dumba-Nengue by Lina Magaia

MYANMAR
Freedom from Fear & Other Writings by Aung San Sauu Kyi
Burmese Days by George Orwell
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

NAMIBIA
Born of the Sun by Joseph Diescho

NAURU
Nauru: Phosphate and Political Progress by Nancy Viviani

NEPAL
Tenzing and the Sherpas of Everest by Judy and Tashi Tenzing

NETHERLANDS
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Fall by Albert Camus

NEW CALEDONIA
Kanake by Jean-Marie Tjibao

NEW ZEALAND
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

NICARAGUA
Stories and Poems by Ruben Dario
The Jaguar Smile by Salman Rushdie

NIGER
In Sorcery’s Shadow by Paul Stoller

NIGERIA
Chinua Achebe
Ben Okri
Wole Soyinka

NORWAY
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

OMAN
Travels in Oman by Phillip Ward

PAKISTAN
Pakistan: The Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett-Jones
Shame by Salman Rushdie

PALUA
Embattled Island by Arnold H. Leibowitz

PALESTINE
Gaza by Dick Doughty
The Bible

PANAMA
When New Flowers Bloomed
Tekkin’ a Waalk by Peter Ford

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Throwim Way Leg by Tim Flannery

PARAGUAY
Son of Man by Augusto Roa Bastos
At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig by John Gimlette

PERU
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

PHILIPPINES
Great Philippine Jungle Energy Café by Alfred A Yuson
Video Nights in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer

PITCAIRN ISLANDS
Fragile Paradise by Glynn Christian

POLAND
The Heart of Europe by Norman Davies

PORTUGAL
Fernando Pessoa & Co by Fernando Pessoa
O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo by Jose Saramago

PUERTO RICO
Sweet Diamond Dust by Rosario Ferre
Foreign in a Domestic Sense by Christina Duffy Burnett

QATAR
Arabian Time Machine by Helga Graham

REUNION
La Reunion by Catherine Lavaux

ROMANIA
The Hooligan’s Return by Norman Manea

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
War and Peace by Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky

RWANDA
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our
Families by Phillip Gourevich

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
Historic Basseterre by Sir Probyn Innis
Caribbean Life and Culture by Sir Fred Phillips

SAINT LUCIA
Collected Poems by Derek Walcott

SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
Wild Majesty by Peter Hulme

SAMOA
Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

SAN MARINO
Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe by Thomas Ecchardt

SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Former Portuguese Colonies by Herb Boyd

SAUDI ARABIA
Sandstorms by Peter Theroux

SCOTLAND
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

SENEGAL
God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene Ousmane

SERBIA
The Serbs by Tim Judah
Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric

SEYCHELLES
Aldabra Alone by Tony Beamish

SIERRA LEONE
Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell

SINGAPORE
Foreign Bodies and Mammon Inc by Hwee Hwee Tan
Fistful of Colours by Suchen Christine Lim

SLOVAKIA
Bozena Slancikova
Ivan Krasko

SLOVENIA
Questions about Slovenia by Matjaz Chvatal
Slovenia by Joco Znidarsic

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Ples Bilong Iumi by Sam Alasia
Lightning Meets the West Wind by Keesing & Corris

SOMALIA & SOMALILAND
Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl by Janice Boddy

SOUTH AFRICA
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

SPAIN
Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

SRI LANKA
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

SUDAN
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
Emma’s War by Deborah Scroggins

SURINAME
Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice by Mark Plotkin
Suriname by Henk E Chin

SWAZILAND
The Kingdom of Swaziland by D Hugh Gillis

SWEDEN
Culture Shock by Charlotte Rosen Svensson

SWITZERLAND
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

SYRIA
Come Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie

TAHITI & FRENCH POLYNESIA
The Marriage of Loti by Pierre Loti

TAIWAN
Harmony in Conflict by Richard Hartzell

TAJIKISTAN
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Taimur Zulfikarov

TANZANIA
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess by Emily Said-Ruete

THAILAND
Pan Ma Ba by Chart Kobjitti
Thai Food by David Thompson

TIBET
Tears of Blood by Mary Craig
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

TOGO
An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie

TONGA
Tonga Islands by Dr John Martin

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
A House for Mr. Biswas by VS Naipaul

TUNISIA
Lion Mountain by Mustapha Tlili
Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi

TURKEY
Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga

TURKMENISTAN
Magtymguly Feraghy
Sacred Horses by Jonathon Maslow

TURKS & CAICOS
A Summer on the Borders of the Caribbean Sea by J Dennis Harris
Water and Light by Stephen Harrigan

TUVALU
The People’s Lawyer by Philip Ells
The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux

UGANDA
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
The Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa

UKRAINE
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Arabic Short Stories by Denys Johnson-Davies

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Underworld by Don DeLillo

URUGUAY
Tierra de Nadie (No Man’s Land) by Juan Carlos Onetti

UZBEKISTAN
Chasing the Sea by Tom Bissell
The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam

VANUATU
To Kill a Bird with Two Stones by Jeremy McClancy

VATICAN CITY
When in Rome by Robert J Hutchinson
Inside the Vatican by Thomas J Reese
The Sistine Chapel by Fabrizio Mancinelli

VENEZUELA
Dona Barbara by Romulo Gallegos

VIETNAM
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

VIRGIN ISLANDS
Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

WALES
Journals from the Antheap by Dannie Abse

YEMEN
Yemen by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

ZAMBIA
A Point of No Return by Fawanyanga Mulikita
The Tongue of the Dumb by Dominic Mulaisho
The Smoke that Thunders by Dominic Mulaisho

ZIMBABWE
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing

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10 responses to “Around the World in 80 Books – No time Limit

  1. Bonnie Jacobs

    It’s actually adapted from my discussion group on the Oprah site, and I came up with the idea. I don’t mind that you like it, but know that I am working on a book by that title and hope it will be published within the next year or so. Do you need any more ideas about books that help you “travel” around the world? If so, visit my blog “Bonnie’s Books” at http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/and leave me a message. I will happily share ideas with you.

  2. Bonnie Jacobs

    Since you mentioned this in your comment on the Book around the World blog, I hope it’s okay for me to “fix” the link. The one you left takes me to your blog about challenges. This link doesn’t show up on your profile, but I had the link from my first visit back in March.Please email me if you don’t want this link posted:<>emerging.paradigm@yahoo.com<>

  3. Bonnie Jacobs

    Have you read <>Breadwinner<> by Deborah Ellis? I realize it would be repeating Afghanistan for you, but it comes before <>Parvana’s Journey<> and is about the same family. I highly recommend it, and it doesn’t take long to read.

  4. Jan in Edmonds

    May I join you in this challenge? I’ve already read a few books in this category since it was first posted. Thanks — Jan in Edmonds 😉

  5. Intergalactic Bookworm

    I would love to join your challenge as I already belong to the Yahoo! groups A Lit (short for Aisian Literature), French Literature, and Russian Literature. Judy

  6. Stefania

    Hi! This reading challenge is a great idea… I wish I was a more constant reader. I’m kind of doing this challenge all the time because I majored in postcolonial literature and I’m still reading a lot of postcolonial texts!!!I was thinking… I saw that the suggestions regarding Italy are “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco and “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Those are classics, but may I suggest a couple more recent – but still wonderful – books? You could read “If on a winter’s night a traveler” by Calvino or “The Late Mattia Pascal” by Luigi Pirandello. They are my favourite Italian novels of all times!By the way, I saw on your profile that you grew up in Nigeria. Do you know any good Nigerian novel? I’ve only just read Ben Okri’s “Incidents at the shrine” but I’m not fully satisfied. I remember a lot my teachers at uni did a lot of talking about Nigerian novelists.Greeting from Italy

  7. Hanneke

    For literature about the netherlands, I don’t think Albert Camus’ The Fall is the best option (Camus is a French writer and it would be nice to read something by a dutch writer I think). I would advise you to read something like ‘Amsterdam, the brief life of a city’ by Geert Mak. Another good choice in Dutch literture could be ‘The discovery of heaven’ by Harry Mulisch. In 2007 this book was chosen by the Dutch people as ‘the best dutch book ever’. Although is might not show the reader enough about the netherlands to be in this reading challenge, it is still a great book to read. If the more than 900 pages are a bit too much for you you can always rent the film by the same title.For a fantastic Belgium book you should read ‘The Angel Maker’ by the Belgium writer Stefan Brijs, about a eccentric doctor returning to the small village in which he grew up, starting with an atmosphere of gossip and ‘everybody-knows-everything-that-happens-in-the-village’ to evolve into a very interesting story about cloning, the contrast between good and evil, and the impact of religion.

  8. Hanneke

    For Japan I would like to advise you ‘Snow country’ by Yasunari Kawabata (or maybe ‘A thousand cranes’) for a view of traditional Japan, or ‘The Makioka Sisters’ or ‘Naomi’ by Junichiro Tanizaki. For a view of modern Japan maybe you could read something by Ryu Murakami for example ‘In the Miso-soup’ or ‘almost transparent blue’ or something by Haruki Murakami for example ‘Underground’ or ‘After the quake’.

  9. Jenny

    I would like to join. I think I’d better get more perpetuals going and no more with a limit he he. Thanks This one will be achallenge to find what to read.

  10. Webspinner

    Hi there
    I'm attempting a similar journey – though have challenged myself to go to every recognised Sovereign State in the World. Started at London and am currently in Portugal.. my blogspot is at:

    http://readingtheworld-webspinner.blogspot.com/

    Am limiting myself to indigenous authors post-1990. May be quite a challenge!

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