Books

Having grown up exclusively reading Western literature, I’ve decided that it is time for me to rectify my literary imbalance by exposing myself to what the entire world has to offer. So, this is it: a page dedicated to my quest of diversification, during which I hope to grow in ways previously unanticipated.

Below is a list of the 192 nations recognized by the United Nations (with the addition of Taiwan). This is the same list that Ann Morgan used during her year of ‘reading a book from every country of the world’. Although I’m certainly not planning on doing anything within a year, hopefully as the years pass I’ll be able to watch this list change and morph along with my understanding of our planet and the people in it.

How will this work?

  • Whenever I read from a certain country, I’ll fill in the adjacent box with the title(s) of the book(s) read.
  • The book can be fiction (e.g. novel, short stories) or non-fiction (e.g. memoir).
  • The book can be in English or in the native language.
  • I may have read more than what is listed, but you could say I’ve chosen to list out my favourites / those that have influenced me in some way.
  • A book will be classified as being ‘from’ a certain country only when the following criteria are met:
    • The subject matter of the book directly corresponds with said nation, its people, its culture, its history, etc;
    • A significant portion of the book is set in said nation;
    • The author is from said nation and / or was raised in said nation.
  • Obviously not all books will unequivocally fulfil all three, and in these circumstances I will exercise my own discretion.

(By the way, for more background information into why exactly I’m doing this, click here and here.)

 

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil  Dona Flor and her Two Husbands (Jorge Amado), Água Viva (Clarice Lispector)
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia  Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel García Márquez) 
Comoros
Congo (Republic of the)
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Joke, Life is Elsewhere (Milan Kundera)
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert), Thérèse Raquin (Émile Zola), The Outsider (Albert Camus), Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne), The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery), etc
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana  Ghana Must Go (Taiye Selasi)
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India  The Namesake, Interpreter of Maladies, Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri) 
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan Snow Country (Yasunari Kawabata), Dance, Dance, Dance, Sputnik Sweetheart, 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami), etc
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico Como Agua Para Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria  Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) 
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea Please Look After Mom (Kyung-sook Shin), The Vegetarian (Han Kang)
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation  A Russian Affair (Anton Chekhov) 
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Spain The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)
Sri Lanka Running in the Family (Michael Ondaatje)
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Switzerland
Sweden  The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson) 
Syria
Tajikistan
Thailand  Rice Without Rain (Minfong Ho) 
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Timor Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom  –
United of Republic of Tanzania
United States  –
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Taiwan (unfortunately out of the table until I figure out how to format things…)

Last updated: 6th June 2016