Which books are most representative of each country?
April 4, 2007 11:26 AM Subscribe
I plan to read a novel from every country. Which books are most worthwhile, both as a means to gain the truest insight into the soul of each land, and also from a literary standpoint?
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I have a long-term ambition to read one literary novel, in English, from (almost) all of the nations on earth. For years, the books I've read have been written, almost exclusively, by white, upper-middle-class American and British authors. I want to expand the breadth of this reading dramatically. I cannot name a single writer or novel from Mongolia, Indonesia, Somalia, Morocco, Brazil, etc etc, much less any of the literary gems from these countries.
So: which single novel from each nation is most revealing of the lifestyle, customs, struggles, history and national spirit of that country? I'm from Ireland, so I'd nominate James Joyce's 'Ulysses' without hesitation.