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Help Wanted for an Olympic Challenge

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by abecedarian, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Gem

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    We were speaking of Gogol earlier, and I forgot to give you this link: The Cloak
    This one should help stretch those pronunciation muscles ;) .
     
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    You've probably got Japan covered already, but if not I'm half way through a book you might find interesting:

    Silence by Shusaku Endo

    The book deals with the difficulty Christianity has faced in becoming popularised in Japan. In particular the persecution Japanese Christians faced in the 16th & 17th centuries. A bit of quick research, i.e. reading this article on wikipedia, or something similar, is a good idea first. But it's worth the effort, as this has been an excellent and enlightening read so far...

    Regards,

    K-S
     
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    Sounds like a goodie. I just finished the second book for Belgium..I meant to read one from a Dutch/Flemish language writer and one from a French writer, due to the cultural conflict I'd learned about from some missionary friends there, but I goofed and read two Flemish writers anway..oh well..I still won:p
    Anyway. I'll have to look for Silence-it sounds like something I'd like. Oh, and it took me a few days, but I really enjoyed The First Circle by Solzhenitsyn..thanks for the heads up!

    Quick update: 18 holdings in KS..so maybe I should be getting Silence soon!
     
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    I'm not sure if you are still looking for books. I have a couple of suggestions if you need more.
    South African - Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane
    South Africa - Biko - Donald Woods
    Togo - Do they hear you when you cry? - Fauziya Kassindja
    Ghana - Changes - Ama Ata Aidoo - I noticed one by her that's already on your list.
    The Russian Way - Zita Dabars

    Hope this helps...
    Felicia
     
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    Thanks, I didn't have any ideas for Togo..and I'm always open for more suggestions, even for countries I've already covered. I'm always afraid I"ll miss something "good." you see!
     
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    How about Kazakstan? The only book I've found so far is Once in Kazakstan: The Snow Leopard Emerges by Keith Rosten, and I can't find it in my state's library system..I can try out of state, but if anyone has other suggestions..
     
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    Just finished Silence, so in case I don't have chance to give a full review later on, I'll just point out why I think you might get a lot from it.

    The book is set in 17th Century Japan and follows a Portuguese Priest as he attempts to contact the Japanese Christian community, which has been driven underground by a repressive regime determined to stamp it out. He is faced with the knowledge that if captured he will be tortured into apostatising.

    Without giving too much away, his guide turns out to be a Judas figure, and he is pitted into a battle of theological wits with the governor of Nagasaki. He is faced with some complex ethical choices regarding his 'calling' and ultimately has to re-assess the nature of his own faith.

    I'm not someone who is religious, or even interested in the debates that normally revolve around belief, but I found this book more absorbing the deeper into theological territory it went. I suspect that you would understand the religious nuances I missed, and get even more from this book than I did.

    Regards,

    K-S
     
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    I thought is sounded interesting and it is on its way. I'm curious to see the clash between cultures and the root of the troubles facing modern missionaries in the field today. That has been a cool side benefit of this whole challenge anyway. If I'd never been interested in having access to a time machine so I could go back and 'fix' some things, I sure do now! No wonder so many writers like to play with alternate worlds..what if..
     
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    The author is a Japanese catholic, and he is addressing the question of whether Christianity can spread in a country like Japan, or if it is too based in western values/culture to translate. One of the characters in the book puts it in these terms:

    Anyway, just over an hour to go till the Ashes, so that's my last recommendation for a while. Off to the cricket boards till January!
     
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    Since I just updated my profile at bookcrossing, I thought I'd bring this thread up to date. Here's the list of what I've read so far for my challenge. You'll notice a few countries where the title is repeated for another country too...that's where those nice anthologies have saved my tush for the harder-to-find nations.

    Olympic Challenge List:
    Canada: Tigana-Guy Gavriel Kay
    Lines on the Water-David Adams Richards
    Widdershins-Charles deLint
    Algeria: Broken April-Ismael Kadare
    Chinese Taipai: The Butcher's Wife- Li Ang
    Iceland: The Fish Can Sing-Halldor Luxness
    New Zealand: Whale Rider-Witi Ihimaera
    Nigeria: Things Fall Apart-Chinua Achebe
    Sri Lanka: Reef- Ramesh Gunesekera
    Peru: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter-Mario Vargas Llosa
    Malaysia: The Rice Mother-Rani Manicka (highly recommended)
    Norway: The Women at the Pump- Knut Hamsun
    Bolivia:The Fat Man From La Paz-ed. Rosario Santos
    England: Anansi Boys-Neil Gaiman
    Argentina: The Wandering Unicorn-Manuel Mujica Lainez
    Mozambique-Voices Made Night-Mia Cuoto (not reccomended)
    USA-Dan Eldon: The Art of Life-Jennifer New
    Haiti-Breath,Eyes, Memory-Edwidge Danticat
    India-Shalimar the Clown- Salman Rushdie
    Pakhistan- Broken Verses- Kamila Shamsie
    England- Never Let Me Go- Kazio Ishiguro
    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell-Susanna Clark
    Trangsressions-Sarah Dunant
    Heavy Water and Other Stories-Martin Amis
    Australia-Dirt Music-Tim Winton, The Book Thief-Marek Zusak
    USA: Travels With Charley-John Steinbeck
    Iran: Reading Lolita in Tehran- Azar Nafisi
    Sweden: Barabbas- Par Lagerkvist
    Ireland: The Committments; The Snapper; The Van(the Barrytown Trilogy) by Roddy Doyle
    Suffer the Children- Mary Rafftery
    Ireland: A Novel-Frank Delaney
    Afghanistan: A Bed Of Red Flowers-Nelofer Pazira
    Botswanna: Tears of the Giraffe- Alexander McCall Smith
    Spain: The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    The Club Dumas- Arturo Perez Reverte
    Finland: Troll-Johanna Sinisalo
    Japan: The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea-Yukio Mishima; Silence-Shusako Endo; A Grain of Wheat-Toyohiko Kagawa
    Korea: Korea Unmasked- Won-bok RHIE
    Germany: The Reader- Bernhart Schlink
    Perfume-Patrick Suskind
    Morocco: Dreams of Trespass- Fatima Mernissi
    South Africa: Cry, the Beloved Country-Alan Paton
    Dominican Republic: In the Time of Butterflies-Julia Alvarez
    Russia: Lolita- Vladamir Nabakov; First Circle; One Day in the Life Of Ivan Denisovich-Alexsander Solzenhitsyn; Soul-Andrei Platonov
    Scotland: Sunset Song-Lewis Grassic Gibbons
    Italy: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana,Foucault's Pendulum-Umberto Eco
    Samoa: Where We Once Belonged- Sia Figiel
    Guatemala: The Long Night of White Chickens-Francisco Goldman
    Czech Republic: Love and Garbage- Ivan Klima; Metamorphosis and Other Stories-Franz Kafka
    Algeria: A Sister of Scherazade-Assia Djibar
    Chile: Daughter of Fortune-Isabel Allende
    Angola-Return of the Water Spirit-Perpetula
    Cape Verde: The Last Will and Testament of Senhor de LaSilva Araunjo- Germano Almedia
    Mexico: Like Water For Chocolate- Laura Esquivel
    Serbia: Time Gifts- Zoran Zivkovic
    Estonia: The Compromise- Sergei Dovlatov
    Vietnam: The Stars, The Earth, The River-Le Minh Khue
    Trinidad: Stories from Blue Latitudes-ed. Elizabeth Nunez
    Uruguay: The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories- Horacio Quiroa
    China: Bound Feet and Western Dress-Pan Mei Natasha Chang
    Somalia: From a Crooked Rib-Nuruddin Farah
    Andorra-Views from the Bridge of Europe
    Latvia: Views from the Bridge of Europe
    Luxembourg: Views from the Bridge of Europe
    Antigua-Annie John-Jamaica Kincaid
    Tajikstan: Hurramabad- Andrei Volos
    Bangledesh: Janini-Sharkat Osman
    Egypt: Miramar- Naguib Mahfouz
    Bahamas: The 99 Cent Breakfast-Patricia Glinton Meicholas
    Cook Islands: The Book of Puka-Puka- Robert Dean Frisbie
    Bosnia: Zlata's Diary- Zlata Filipovic
    Kiribiti: Sex Lives of Cannibals- J. Maarten Troost
    Georgia: The Winter Queen-Boris Akunin (readily available in English and very good!)
    Lebanon: The Stone of Laughter- Hoda Barakat
    Bulgaria: Natural Novel- Georgi Gospodinov
    Sudan: The Wedding of Zeine- Tayeb Salih
    Singapore: The Bondmaid- Catherine Lim
    Belgium: Marcel- Erwin Mortier (Dutch)In the Shadow of the Ark-Anne Provoost
    Philipines: Comfort Woman-Maria Rosa Henson
    Laos: Mother's Beloved-Outhine Bounyavong
    Portugal: The Relic-Eca De Quieroz
    Tunisia: Behind Closed Doors-Monia Hejaie
    Slovakia: Incipient Feminists-Norma Rudinsky
    Solomon Islands: Two Hill Diggers-Geralda Kauhuroasiva
    Barbados: In the Country Of My Skin- George Lamming
    Cameroon: Houseboy-Fernando Oyono
    Kazakstan: Night Watch-Sergei Lukyanenko
    Palestine: Arab Women: Between Defiance and Restraint-ed. Suha Sabbagh
    Swaziland: Nest in A Cage-Fohik Ogunleye
    Jordan: Pillars of Salt-Fadia Faqir
    Uzbekestan: The Railway-Hamid Ismailov
    Cote d'Ivoire: As the Crow Flies-Veronique Tadjo
    Armenia: Efronia: An Armenian Love Story-Stina Katchadorian
    Ecuador: Bruna and Her Sisters in the Sleeping City-
    St. Kitts: Crossing the River-Caryl Phillips
    Bahrain: QuixotiQ- Ali Al Saeed
    Israel: Israel, Palestine and Peace-Amos Oz
    Djibouti-Fools, Thieves and other Dreamers-Abdourham Ali Waberi
    Benin: Fools, Thieves and other Dreamers-Florent Couoa-Zotti
    Senegal:Fools, Thieves and Other Dreamers-Seydi Sow
    Kenya: Land Without Thunder:Short Stories-Grace Ogot
     
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    I know of one more Norweigan book, you have read:

    "The halfbrother" by Lars Saabye Christensen! ;)
     
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    Very true! And while I was momentarily sad to discover it was Danish, I'm ever so glad to have read the book! I tried to start the Kirkegaard bio last night and had to put it down..Hopefully it was just the late hour and not the dryness of the book that made my eyes cross:p I can't seem to concentrate on anything these last few days.
     
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    Misunderstood or not, that was/is a great idea.

    I'd like to know how you do with the list provided.
     
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    I just read a really great Hungarian novel by Imir Kertesz. It is actually a biographical novel of Kertesz' year in Nazi prison camps when he was a teenager. I couldn't put it down, it was so powerful.

    All during this challenge, I've wondered how to adapt it for my kids. Finding a book per country for their levels might be tough, but then I decided to adapt it a bit and have them read a book or two per continent as we do a world geography course next school year. The oldest two boys could actually read more than that.
     
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    Ok, I know its called a challenge for good reason! I'm having a hard time finding material from certain countries. Here's the short list for Asia and Oceana

    Fiji
    Guam
    Indonesia
    Oman
    Maldives
    Turkmenistan
    Cyprus
    Tonga
    Vanuatu
    Nauru
    American Samoa
    Bhutan
    Brunei Darussalem
    Mongolia
    Qatar
    Yemen
    North Korea
    United Arab Emirates
    Marshall Islands

    If all else fails, I'll have to resort to travel guides where possible. Any ideas for these places? These aren't all the Asian nations I still have to locate, but the ones I've had the most trouble with. Words Without Borders is a wonderful resource, if you've never checked them out!
     
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    For China, I would recommend The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I know it's cliche for my username, but still a good book.
     
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    I've 'done' China, but am always in search of a good book, so I'll look into it. I'm justifying the double-dipping(and more) by thinking of just how many athletes some of these countries put in the field..it's just an excuse, but that's my story! :D
     
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    Here's the updated version of my Olympic Challenge list:
    ANOCA AFRICA
    ALG Algeria / A Sister to Scheherazade-Assia Djebar
    ANG Angola / The Return of the Water Spirit by Pepetela
    BEN Benin / Fools, Thieves and Other Dreamers-Florent Couoa-Zotti
    BOT Botswana / The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency-Alexander McCall Smith
    BUR Burkina Faso /
    BDI Burundi / Unlocking Horns:Forgiveness & Reconciliation in Burundi-David Niyenzima and Lon Frendall
    CMR Cameroon / Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
    CPV Cape Verde / The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araujo by Germano Almeida
    CAF Central African Republic / African Tales: Folklore of the Central African Republic by Polly Strong (Translator)
    CHA Chad /
    COM Comoros/
    CGO Congo / The Antipeople by Sony Labou Tansi
    CIV Côte d'Ivoire / As the Crow Flies by Veronique Tadjo
    COD Democratic Republic of the Congo /
    DJI Djibouti / Land without Shadows by Abdourahman A. Waberi
    EGY Egypt / Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
    GEQ Equatorial Guinea /
    ERI Eritrea / We Have Our Voice:Selected Poems of Reesom Haile
    ETH Ethiopia / Notes from the Hyena's Belly : An Ethiopian Boyhood by Nega Mezlekia
    GAB Gabon /
    GAM Gambia / The Second Time Around by Lenrie Peters
    GHA Ghana / Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo
    GUI Guinea / The Dark Child by Camara Laye
    GBS Guinea-Bissau /
    KEN Kenya / Land Without Thunder-Grace Ogot
    LES Lesotho / Blanket Boy's Moon by Peter Lanham, A. S. Mopeli-Paulus
    LBR Liberia / Liberian Writing, pub. Horst Erdmann Verlag
    LBA Libyan Arab Jamahiriya / The Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim Al-Koni
    MAD Madagascar / Translations from the Night by Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo
    MAW Malawi /
    MLI Mali /
    MTN Mauritania /
    MRI Mauritius /
    MAR Morocco / Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi
    MOZ Mozambique / Voices Made Night- Mia Cuoto
    NAM Namibia /
    NIG Niger /
    NGR Nigeria / Things Fall Apart; No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
    RWA Rwanda / Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
    STP Sao Tome and Principe /
    SEN Senegal / From the Depths of a Well, from Fools, Thieves and Other Dreamers by Seydi Sow
    SEY Seychelles /
    SLE Sierra Leone /
    SOM Somalia / From a Crooked Rib by Nuruddin Farah
    RSA South Africa / Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    SUD Sudan / The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih
    SWZ Swaziland / Nest in a Cage by Foluke Ogunleye
    TOG Togo /
    TUN Tunisia / Behind Closed Doors:Women’s Oral Narratives in Tunis by Monia Hejaiej
    UGA Uganda / Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
    TAN United Republic of Tanzania / Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! by Tololwa M. Mollel
    ZAM Zambia /
    ZIM Zimbabwe / House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera

    ONOC OCEANA
    ASA American Samoa / The Birth & Death of the Miracle Man by Albert Wendt
    AUS Australia / Dirt Music by Tim Winton
    COK Cook Islands / The Book Of Puka-Puka by Robert D. Frisbie
    FSM Federated States of Micronesia / Lonely Planet South Pacific & Micronesia
    FIJ Fiji / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia
    GUM Guam / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia
    KIR Kiribati / The Sex Lives of Cannibals : Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
    MHL Marshall Islands / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia
    NRU Nauru / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia
    NZL New Zealand / Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
    PLW Palau / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia
    PNG Papua New Guinea / Four Corners byKira Salak
    SAM Samoa / Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel
    SOL Solomon Islands / Two Hill Diggers by Geralda Kauhoroasiva
    TGA Tonga / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia
    VAN Vanuatu / Lonely Planet South Pacific and Micronesia

    OCA ASIA
    AFG Afghanistan / A Bed of Red Flowers by Nelofer Pazira
    BRN Bahrain / Quixotiq by Ali Al Saeed
    BAN Bangladesh / Janani by Saokata Osamana
    BHU Bhutan /
    BRU Brunei Darussalam /
    CAM Cambodia / First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
    TPE Chinese Taipei / The Butcher's Wife by Li Ang
    PRK Democratic People's Republic of Korea / Land of Exile: Contemporary Korean Fiction ed by Marshall R, Pihl
    HKG Hong-Kong /
    IND India / Shalimar the Clown by Salmaan Rushdie; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
    INA Indonesia / Diverse Lives:Contemporary Stories of Indonesia ed. Jeanette Lingard
    IRQ Iraq /
    IRI Islamic Republic of Iran/ Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    JPN Japan / The Man Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima; A Grain of Wheat byTohiko Kagawa; Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
    JOR Jordan / Pillars of Salt by Fadia Faqir
    KAZ Kazakhstan / Night by Sergei Lukyanenko
    KOR Korea / Korea Unmasked byWon-bok Rhie
    KUW Kuwait /
    KGZ Kyrgyzstan /
    LIB Lebanon / The Stone Of Laughter by Hoda Barakat
    MAS Malaysia / The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
    MDV Maldives /
    MGL Mongolia /
    MYA Myanmar / Freedom From Fear by Aung San Suu Kyi
    NEP Nepal / Arresting God in Katmandu by Samrat Upradhyay
    OMA Oman /
    PAK Pakistan / Broken Veres byKamilla Shamsie
    PLE Palestine / Arab Women: Between Defiance & Restraint ed. By Suha Sabbagh
    CHN People's Republic of China/ Bound Feet and Western Dress by Pang Mei Natasha Chang
    PHI Philippines / Comfort Women by Maria Rosa Hanson
    QAT Qatar /
    KSA Saudi Arabia / Inside the Kingdom : My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen Bin Ladin
    SIN Singapore / The Bondmaid by Catherine Lim
    SRI Sri Lanka / Reef by Romesh Guneskera
    SYR Syrian Arab Republic / Fragments of Memory by Hanna Mina
    read TJK Tadjikistan / Hurramabad by Andrei Volas
    THA Thailand / Sightseeing by Rattawut Laphcharoensap
    TLS Timor-
    TKM Turkmenistan-
    UAE United Arab Emirates /
    UZB Uzbekistan / The Railway by Hamid Ismailov
    VIE Viet Nam / Crossing the River by Nguyen Huy Thiep
    YEM Yemen /

    EOC EUROPE
    ALB Albania / Broken April; The Pyramid by Ismail Kadare
    AND Andorra / Andorra by Michèle Gazier from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    ARM Armenia / Efronia: An Armenian Love Story by Stina Katchadorian
    AUT Austria / A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke
    AZE Azerbaijan /
    BLR Belarus /
    BEL Belgium / In the Shadow of the Ark by Anne Provoost; Marcel byErwin Mortier
    BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina / Zlata's Diary : A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
    BUL Bulgaria / Keystone byBlaga Dimitrova from Views from the Bridge of Europe; Natural Novel by Georgi Gospodinov
    CRO Croatia / Croatian Nights by Borivoj Radakovic (editor)
    CYP Cyprus /
    CZE Czech Republic / Love and Garbage by Ivan Klima
    DEN Denmark /
    EST Estonia / The Wandering Border by Jaan Kaplinski from Views from the Bridge of Europe; The Compromise by Sergei Dovlatov
    FIN Finland / Troll by Johanna Sinisalo
    MKD Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia/
    FRA France / Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas
    GEO Georgia / The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
    GER Germany / The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
    GBR Great Britain / Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clark
    GRE Greece / The Suspended Step of the Stork by Theo Angelopoulos from Views from the Bridge of Europe; The Seventh Elephant by Alexis Stamatis
    HUN Hungary /
    ISL Iceland / The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness
    IRL Ireland / The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt; Suffer the Children by Mary Rafftery; Ireland by Frank Delaney
    ISR Israel / Israel, Palestine and Peace by Amos Oz
    ITA Italy / The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    LAT Latvia / What do a Bridge and a Falling Star Have in Common by Vizma Belsevica from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    LIE Liechtenstein /
    LTU Lithuania / Personal Borders by Sarunas Bartas from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    LUX Luxembourg / About a Bridge by Guy Rewenig from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    MLT Malta /
    MNE Montenegro /
    MON Monaco / Zubric’s Rock by Robert Eringer
    NED Netherlands /
    NOR Norway / The Woman at the Pump by Knut Hamsun, The Half Brother by Lars Christensen
    POL Poland / Death in Danzig by Stefan Chwin
    POR Portugal / Relic by Eca De Quieroz
    MDA Republic of Moldova / Gateway to Transfiguration by Vaitalie Ciobanu from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    ROM Romania /
    RUS Russian Federation / The First Circle, Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rythkheu
    SMR San Marino /
    SRB Serbia / A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Danilo Kis
    SVK Slovakia / Regrets by Martin Simecka from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    SLO Slovenia / Border Dog by Brina Svit from Views from the Bridge of Europe
    ESP Spain / Against Babel by Juan Manuel de Prada from Views from the Bridge of Europe ; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez Reverte, The Last Cato by Matilde Asensi
    SWE Sweden / Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist
    SUI Switzerland / The Scorpion Fish by Nicolas Bouvier
    TUR Turkey / The Sea Crossed Fisherman byYashar Kemel
    UKR Ukraine

    The Americas will be in the next post...
     
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    PASO AMERICA
    ANT Antigua and Barbuda / Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
    ARG Argentina / The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel M. Lainez
    ARU Aruba / Antenna by rosabelle illes read @ rosabelleilles.com/index.html
    BAH Bahamas / The 99 Cent Breakfast by Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
    BAR Barbados / In the Country of My Skin by George Lamming
    BIZ Belize / Green Can and Juicy Flotsam ed. By Carmen Esteves
    BER Bermuda /
    BOL Bolivia / The Fat Man From La Paz, ed by Rosario Santos
    BRA Brazil / Esau and Jacob by Joachim Machado
    IVB British Virgin Islands /
    CAN Canada / Lines on the Water by David Adams Richards; Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, Widdershins by Charles deLint; The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
    CAY Cayman Islands /
    CHI Chile / Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
    COL Colombia / The Secrets of Colombian Cooking by Patricia McCausland Gallo
    CRC Costa Rica / When New Flowers Bloomed ed. By Enrique Jamarillo Levi
    CUB Cuba / Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia
    DMA Dominica / Rhythm and Revolt: Tales of the Antilles ed. By Marcella Breton
    DOM Dominican Republic / In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
    ECU Ecuador / Bruna and Her Sisters in the Sleeping City by Alicia Cossio
    ESA El Salvador /
    GRN Grenada / Lady in a Boat by Merle Collins
    GUA Guatemala / The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman
    GUY Guyana / The Ventriloquist’s Tale by Pauline Melville
    HAI Haiti / Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
    HON Honduras / The Big Banana by Roberto Quesada
    JAM Jamaica / The Store of a Million Items by Michelle Cliff
    MEX Mexico / Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
    AHO Netherlands Antilles /
    NCA Nicaragua / The Country Under My Skin : A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli
    PAN Panama / When New Flowers Bloomed, ed. Enrique Jamarillo Levi
    PAR Paraguay / I, the Supreme by Augusto Roa Bastos
    PER Peru / Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
    PUR Puerto Rico / House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre
    SKN Saint Kitts and Nevis / Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips
    LCA Saint Lucia /
    VIN Saint Vincent and the Grenadines /
    SUR Suriname /Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam, ed. By Carmen Esteves
    TRI Trinidad and Tobago / Stories From Blue Latitudes ed. By Elizabeth Nunez
    USA United States of America / Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
    URU Uruguay / The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories by Horacio Quiroga
    VEN Venezuela /
    ISV Virgin Islands /

    I'm still open to suggestions!
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