Around the World in Eighty Pages
December 30, 2013 8:01 PM Subscribe
I am trying to read my way around the globe. Can you please recommend me international fiction/memoirs that frame the contemporary culture, customs, and values of the country that it is set in?
posted by sevenofspades to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
I have so far read and liked:
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (wasn't relevant to culture, but beautiful descriptions of the landscape of Northern Africa) and
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish culture/high society in the '70s)
I am now starting The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al-Aswany (present-day Egypt). A book I have in queue is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.
I realize that there is no substitute for being able to travel and actually meet people from other countries; however, time and money does not allow, so I am attempting what I think is the next best thing. Just to clarify, I am not looking looking for travel memoirs/travelogues.
Thank you all in advance!