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)]


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: See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
Argentina: Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez / People in the Room by Nora Lange (tr. Charlotte Whittle) / August by Romina Paula (tr. Jennifer Croft)
Armenia
AustraliaThe 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
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
CameroonSeason of the Shadow by Léonora Miano (tr. Gila Walker)
CanadaLittle 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
DenmarkMirror, 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: Zeina by Nawal el Saadawi (tr. Amira Nowaira)
El SalvadorLuisa in Realityland by Claribel Alegría (tr. D J Flakoll)
Equatorial Guinea: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (tr. Lawrence Schimel)
Eritrea
Ethiopia: Gash Wondimu by Agazit Abate
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
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)
IcelandWaitress 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
IraqThe 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
JapanKitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (tr. Megan Backus)
Jordan: My Name is Salma by Fadia Fariq
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
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)
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)
SenegalThe Beggars’ Strike by Aminata Fall Slow (tr. Dorothy Blair)
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia: Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
South AfricaThe 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
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. Nanacy 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
UkraineFieldwork 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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