Read the World

Inspired by Ann Morgan’s monumental A Year of Reading the World, I’ve challenged myself to read at least one book from every country in the world. It’s been a slow project so far, but I love finding new, diverse voices and challenging myself to read beyond my comfort zone. Half the fun has been researching books from each country – some are hard to find! I’ll be sharing what I’ve read below, and I’d love to hear your favourites or suggestions!


Argentina – Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin; Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin; The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana EnrΓ¬quez

Australia – The Monkey’s Mask, Dorothy Porter

Belarus – Chernobyl Prayer, Sveltana Alexievich

Canada – The Erratics, Vickie Laveau-Harvie, The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood; Essex County, Jeff Lemire

China – The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu

Columbia – One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cuba – Jazz Owls, Magarita Engle

Denmark – The Employees, Olga Ravn

Dominica – Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

France – Old Man Goriot, Honore de Balzac

Ghana – Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Haiti – An Untamed State, Roxane Gay

Iceland – Moonstone, Sjon

India – Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi; Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Iran – The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shookefeh Azar

Iraq – The Beekeeper of Sinjar, Dunya Mikhail

Ireland – The Wonder, Emma Donoghue; Beautiful World, Where Are You? Sally Rooney; Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

Italy – Invisible Cities & If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller, Italo Calvino

Jamaica – A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James

Japan – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles/ Kafka On The Shore/ Underground etc., Haruki Murakami; All She Was Worth, Mizuki Miyabe; Heaven, Mieko Kawakami

Mexico – The Transmigration of Bodies, Yuri Herrera; Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

Morroco – Tales of a Severed Head, Rachida Madani

The Netherlands – The Discomfort of Evening, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld; The Dinner, Herman Koch

New Zealand – The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

Nigeria – My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithewaite; Song for Night, Chris Abani

North Korea – The Accusation, Bandi

Oman – Celestial Bodies, Jokha Alharthi

Pakistan – Exit West, Moshin Hamid

Palestine – Minor Detail, Adania Shibli

Portugal – Blindness, Jose Saramego

Romania – The Fox Was Ever the Hunter, Herta Muller

South Africa – Disgrace, JM Coetzee

South Korea – The Vegetarian/ Human Acts, Han Kang

Sri Lanka – Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Sunil Yapa

Turkey – The Idiot, Elif Batuman

United Kingdom – How to be Both/ Autumn, Ali Smith; Elmet, Fiona Mozely

United States of America – Beloved, Toni Morrison; Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko; The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver; Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson…

By Felicity

art, fiction, poems, reading, flights of fancy

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