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Subject: world lit. in translation
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 11:59 AM ET
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In 2009, I am hoping to read 50 books from 50 countries.  Any help compiling the list and getting together the books would be appreciated. I am looking for literary novels, books like A Suitable Boy (India), Kristin Lavransdatter (Norway), Snow (Turkey), are the sort I  have in mind. Any suggestions from ex-Soviet countries, Caribbean islands and South America are especially welcome...Thanks...

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 4:12 PM ET
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Just a few suggestions:

Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson (Norway)

The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolano (Chile)

Solaris - Stanislaw Lem (Poland)

Closely Watched Trains - Bohumil Hrabal (Czech Republic)

Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov (Ukraine)

And anything from Haruki Murakami for Japanese lit, Reinaldo Arenas for Cuba, and Jose Saramago for Portugese.

 

Subject: 50 world lit
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 12:58 PM ET
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Thank you for those books. I made a note and will start looking for them...please let me know if you have anymore suggestions...carrie

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 10:51 PM ET
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and for Israel, Amos Oz (The Black Box, A Perfect Peace, etc.); for Egypt, Naguib Mahfouz (esp. The Cairo Trilogy: A Palace Walk, etc.); for Brazil, Jorge Amado (Dona Flor's Two Husbands, The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell); for East Africa, N'gugi Wa Thiongo (The River Between); for Italy, Ignazio Silone (Bread and Wine).

What other countries or regions do you need titles for?



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Date Posted: 11/30/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Great goal, I second the Andrey Kurkov novels! Both Death and the Penguin and The Penguin are excellent! I read them in French, somewhat bizarrely!

Date Posted: 11/30/2008 8:24 PM ET
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Petropolis is good, depressing but a good picture of Post-Soviet Russia.

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 3:32 AM ET
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As I mentioned on another forum, I've just read a wonderful novel called Cracking India by Bhapsi Sidhwa about the partition of India from the point of view of a child.

In Caribbean fiction I recommend Erzulie's Skirt by Ana-Maurine Lara about Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

 

Shomeret

Date Posted: 5/6/2009 4:56 PM ET
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"Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" by Mario Vargas-Llosa for Peru

I second "Cracking India" - it would actually count as a Pakistan book as it is set in Lahore.

 

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 5:37 PM ET
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For Spain, Arturo Perez-Reverte is a phenomenal author.  Seville Communion and Flander's Panel are my favorites, but he has many others.