bookshelf

reading list & reviews so far

1. Uganda: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

2. Japan: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (tr. Megan Backus)

3. Hungary: The Door by Magda Szabó (tr. Len Rix) 

4. Iran: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (tr. Tina Kover)

5. Poland: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (tr. Jennifer Croft)

6. China: Vertical Motion by Can Xue (tr. Karen Gernant, Chen Zeping)

7. Finland: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (tr. Thomas Teal) 

8. Spain (Catalan): Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf (tr. Mara Faye Letham) 

9. Chile: Seeing Red by Lina Meruane (tr. Megan McDowell)

10. Mexico: The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza (tr. Sarah Booker)

11. Switzerland: Sweet Days of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy (tr. Tim Parks)

12. Denmark: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (tr. Misha Hoekstra)

13. India: Abandon by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay (tr. Arunava Sinha)

14. Haiti: Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet (tr. Rose-Myriam Réjouis, Val Vinokur)

15. Belarus: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich (tr. Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky)

16. Palestine: The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout (tr. Charis Bredin) [found in The Book of Gaza (ed. Atef Abu Saif)]

17. Colombia: Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo (tr. Charlotte Coombe)

18. Brazil: Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler

19. Antigua: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

20. Jordan: Willow Trees Don’t Weep by Fadia Faqir

21. Tunisia: Time’s Running Out for Scheherazade by Fawzia Zouari (tr. Judith Landry)

22. Argentina: The German Room by Carla Maliandi (tr. Frances Riddle)

23. Egypt: The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal el Saadawi (tr. Dr Sherif Hetata)

24. France: Those Without Shadows by Françoise Sagan (tr. Irene Ash)

25. Nigeria: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

26. Côte d’Ivoire: Aya de Yopougon by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie (tr. Helge Dascher)

27. South Africa: Soweto Stories by Miriam Tlali

28. Croatia: The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugrešić (tr. Michael Henry Heim)

29. Portugal: Now and at the Hour of Our Death by Susana Moreira Marques (tr. Julia Sanches)

 

countries & recommendations of books to come

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania: The Country Where No One Ever Dies by Ornela Vorpsi (tr. Robert Elsie, Janice Mathie-heck)
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola: The Return by Dulce Maria Cardoso (tr. Ángel Gurría-Quintana)
  • Antigua and Barbuda: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Argentina: Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez / August by Romina Paula (tr. Jennifer Croft)
  • Armenia
  • Australia: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  • Austria: The Wall by Marlen Haushofer (tr. Shaun Whiteside)
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich (tr. Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky)
  • Belgium: Thirty Days by Annelies Verbeke (tr. Jolijn Spooren)
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia: poetry by Adela Zamudio
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana: Maru by Bessie Head / The Scattering by Lauri Kubuitsile
  • Brazil: Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother and Her Daughters by Maria José Silveira (tr. Eric M. B. Becker) / The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector (tr. Benjamin Moser)
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon: Season of the Shadow by Léonora Miano (tr. Gila Walker) / Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Canada: Little Beast by Julie Demers (tr. Rhonda Mullins)
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile: Seeing Red by Lina Meruane (tr. Megan McDowell) / In the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein (tr. John Cullen)
  • China: Vertical Motion by Can Xue (tr. Karen Gernant, Chen Zeping)
  • Colombia: Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo (tr. Charlotte Coombe)
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire: Aya by Marguerite Abouet
  • Croatia: How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić
  • Cuba: Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra (tr. Achy Obejas)
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic: All This Belongs to Me by Petra Hulová (tr. Alex Zucker)
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (tr. Misha Hoekstra)
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (tr. Rolando Costa Picazo)
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt: The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal el Saadawi (tr. Sherif Hetata)
  • El Salvador: Luisa in Realityland by Claribel Alegría (tr. D J Flakoll)
  • Equatorial Guinea: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (tr. Lawrence Schimel)
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia: Gash Wondimu by Agazit Abate / Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
  • Fiji
  • Finland: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (tr. Thomas Teal)
  • France: Woman at Sea by Catherine Poulain (tr. Adriana Hunter). Other writers to note: Maryse Condé from Guadeloupe
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany: Dance by the Canal by Kerstin Hensel (tr. Jen Calleja) / River by Esther Kinsky (tr. Iain Galbraith)
  • Ghana: Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Greece: Zigzag through the Bitter-Orange Trees by Ersi Sotiropoulos (tr. Peter Green)
  • Greenland: Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen (tr. Anna Halager)
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti: Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux Chauvet (tr. Rose-Myriam Rejouis, Val Vinokur) / Moonbath by Yanick Lahens (tr. Emily Gogolak). Other writers to note: Kettly Mars
  • Honduras
  • Hungary: The Door by Magda Szabo (tr. Len Rix)
  • Iceland: Waitress in Fall by Kristín Ómarsdóttir (tr. Vala Thorodds)
  • India: Abandon by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay (tr. Arunava Sinha) / Mother of 1084 by Mahasweta Devi (tr. Samik Bandyopadhyay) / Yellow is the Colour of Longing by K R Meera (tr. J Devika)
  • Indonesia: Saman by Ayu Utami (tr. Pamela Allen). Other writers to note: here
  • Iran: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (tr. Tina Kover). Other writers to note: Gina Nahai, Dalia Sofe, Marjane Satrap
  • Iraq: The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail (tr. Max Weiss)
  • Ireland: Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
  • Israel: Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights Under Siege by Amira Hass
  • Italy: History by Elsa Morante (tr. William Weaver) / Eva Sleeps by Francesca Melandri (tr. Katherine Gregor)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (tr. Megan Backus)
  • Jordan: Willow Trees Don’t Weep by Fadia Faqir
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya: Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia: Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena (tr. Marita Gailitis)
  • Lebanon: Always Coca Cola by Alexandra Chreiteh (tr. Michelle Hartman) / A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania: Breathing into Marble by Laura Sintija Cemiauskaite (tr. Marija Marcinkute) / Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė (tr. Delija Valiukenas)
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia: Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands: Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius: Eve Out of her Ruins by Ananda Devi (tr. Jeffrey Zuckerman)
  • Mexico: After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel (tr. Rosalind Harvey) / Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli (tr. Christina MacSweeney)
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco: The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
  • Mozambique: The First Wife by Paulina Chiziane (tr. David Brookshaw)
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands: The Black Lake by Hella S Haasse (tr. Ina Rilke) / The Return of the Honey Buzzard by Aimée de Jongh
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua: The Inhabited Woman by Gioconda Belli (tr. Kathleen March)
  • Niger
  • Nigeria: Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ / What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Norway: The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am by Kjersti A Skomsvold (tr. Kerri Pierce)
  • Oman
  • Pakistan: Ice Candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa
  • Palau
  • Palestine: The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout (tr. Perween Richards)
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru: Sexographies by Gabriela Wiener (tr. Lucy Greaves, Jennider Adcock)
  • Philippines: State of War by Ninotchka Rosca
  • Poland: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (tr. Jennifer Croft)
  • Portugal: In Your Hands by Inês Pedrosa (tr. Andrea Rosenberg) / Now and at the Hour of Our Death by Susana Moreira Marques (tr. Julia Sanches)
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea: The Vegetarian by Han Kang (tr. Deborah Smith)
  • Moldova
  • Romania: Nadirs by Herta Muller (tr. Sieglinde Lug) / Poet to note: Continuum by Nina Cassian
  • Russia: Bride & Groom by Alisa Ganieva (tr. Carol Apollonio)
  • Rwanda: Cockroaches by Scholastique Mukasonga (tr. Jordan Stump)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia: Sarab by Raja Alem (tr. Leri Price)
  • Senegal: The Beggars’ Strike by Aminata Fall Slow (tr. Dorothy Blair) / So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (tr. Modupé Bodé-Thomas)
  • Serbia: Dogs and Others by Biljana Jovanović (tr. John K Cox)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia: The Equestrienne by Uršuľa Kovalyk (tr. Julia & Peter Sherwood) / Samko Tále’s Cemetery Book by Daniela Kapitáňová (tr. by Julia Sherwood) 
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia: Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
  • South Africa: The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
  • South Sudan: Withered Flowers by Stella Gitano (tr. Anthony Calderbank)
  • Spain: Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf (tr. Mara Faye Lethem)
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan: The Translator by Leila Aboulela
  • Suriname: The Cost of Sugar by Cynthia McLeod (tr. Gerald Mettam) / Love’s Perfumes by Rita Rahman
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden: The Saga of Gösta Berling by Selma Lagerlof (tr. Paul Norlen)
  • Switzerland
  • Syria: Farewell, Damascus by Ghada Samman (tr. Nancy Roberts)
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand: The Happiness of Kati by Ngarmpun – Jane – Vejjajiva (tr. Prudence Borthwick)
  • Tibet
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Crick Crack, Monkey by Merle Hodge
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey: Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy by Ece Temelkuran (tr. Zeynep Beler)
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine: Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko (tr. Halyna Hryn)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela: Southpaw by Lisa St Aubin de Terán
  • Vietnam: Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong (tr. Nina McPherson & Phantom Huy Duong)
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
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