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Book 50: Ghana (English) – Wife of the Gods (Kwei QUARTEY)

The forest was black and Darko was afraid to enter. The trees, covered from apex to root with dry, sloughing scales, beckoned him with their crackling, stunted branches. The forest floor erupted in a charcoal-colored cloud of dust as the gnarled, ragged tree roots burst from the earth and turned into massive, thrashing limbs. Swaying, the trees began to lumber toward Darko. He wanted to escape, but terror paralyzed him. He opened his mouth to scream but no sound came.

Fairly light-hearted for a murder mystery, but treating its themes with due consideration, this is a very likeable, easy-to-read novel. Yet I found I learnt a great deal about the local culture and ways of thinking from it. A ‘wife of the gods’ (trokosi) is a local girl offered to the local healer/witch doctor in expiation of some supposed transgression. That this is without the poor girl’s consent goes without saying… The not-very-nice witch doctor in this work is one of the prime suspects in the murder of a young woman who had locked horns with him in her anti-AIDS campaign, but did he do it? There are certainly one or two rather extreme AIDS remedies in this book! The hero, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who had moved to the capital Accra, digs up dark corners of his own past in this apparently sleepy village. He is a very likeable character, even if he does go off the rails occasionally (and understandably). I suspect this novel will be enjoyed by a much wider circle than just those who read murder mysteries. A totally enjoyable read.
Quartey was raised in Ghana but now lives in the US.

 

QUARTEY, Kwei, Wife of the Gods, New York, Random House, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8129-7936-7

 

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Books I’ve read by language

 

Here’s a list of the books I’ve read so far, by the language in which they were read:

 

Dutch/Flemish:

73 Netherlands – Het Diner = The Dinner (Herman KOCH)

87 Belgium – De Intrede van Christus in Brussel = Christ’s Entry into Brussels (Dimitri VERHULST)

 

English:

1 China – Journey to the West /Monkey = Xi You Ji《西游记》(WU Cheng’en) (吴承恩)

2 India – Godan (Premchand)

3 USA – To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper LEE)

4 Indonesia – The Buru Quartet (Pramoedya TOER) consisting of:

  1. This Earth of Mankind = Bumi Manusia
  2. Child of All Nations = Anak Semua Bangsa
  3. Footsteps = Jejak langkah
  4. The House of Glass = Rumah kaca

6 Pakistan – The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Moshin HAMID)

7 Nigeria – Things Fall Apart (Chinua ACHEBE)

8 Bangladesh – Shame (Taslima NASRIN)

9 Russia – Crime and Punishment = (Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY)

10 Japan – The Tale of Genji = Genji Monogatari (MURASAKI SHIKIBU)

12 Philippines – Noli Me Tangere (Jose RIZAL)

13 Vietnam – Tale of Kieu = Truyện Kiều (NGUYỄN Du)

14 Ethiopia – Beneath the Lion’s Gaze (Maaza Mengiste)

15 Egypt – The Cairo Trilogy (Naguib MAHFOUZ) consisting of:

  1. Palace Walk
  2. Palace of Desire
  3. Sugar Street

17 Iran – Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith (Gina NAHAI)

18 Turkey – Snow = Kar (Orhan PAMUK)

19 Congo DR – Full Circle (Frederick Yamusangie) (iUniverse, 2003)

21 Thailand – The Judg[e]ment = Khamphipharksa (Chart Korbjitti) + Four Reigns (Kukrit

Pramoj)

Great Britain:

23 England – Pride and Prejudice (Jane AUSTEN)

24 Scotland – Kidnapped (Robert Louis STEVENSON)

25 Wales (English) – How Green was my Valley (Richard LLEWELLYN)

27 South Africa – Disgrace (JM COETZEE)

28 Burma (Myanmar) – Irrawaddy Tango (Wendy LAW-YONE)

29 Tanzania – Paradise (Abdulrazak GURNAH)

30 South Korea – Omma rul Put’akhae = Please look after mother/mom (SHIN Kyung-Sook)

34 Kenya – Petals of Blood (NGŨGĨ wa Thiong’o)

36 Ukraine – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Marina LEWYCKA)

39 Poland – Quo Vadis (Henryk SIENKIEWICZ)

37 Sudan – Season of Migration to the North (Tayib SALIH)

41 Uganda – Abyssinian Chronicles (Moses ISEGAWA)

42 Canada – The Blind Assassin (Margaret ATWOOD)

44 Saudi Arabia – Wolves of the Crescent Moon = Fikhakh al-ra’ihah (Yousef AL-MOHAIMEED)

45 Malaysia – Garden of Evening Mists (Tan Twan Eng)

46 Uzbekistan – The Dead Lake (Hamid ISMAILOV)

49 Nepal – Buddha’s Orphans (Samrat Upadhyay)

50 Ghana – Wife of the Gods (Kwei QUARTEY)

51 Afghanistan – The Kite Runner (Khaled HOSSEINI)

52 Yemen – Ar-Rahina = The Hostage (Zayd Mutee’ Dammaj);

53 former South Yemen – Two boys from Aden College (Qais Ghanem)

54 Angola – The Book of Chameleons (translation of O Vendedor de passados = The Seller of Pasts) (José Eduardo AGUALUSA)

55 Mozambique – Under the Frangipani (translation of A Varanda do Frangipani = The Frangipani Veranda) (Mia COUTO)

56 Kurdistan – I stared at the night of the city (Bakhtiyar ALI)

57 North Korea – Korean Short Stories: a collection from North Korea

58 Australia – Voss (Patrick WHITE)

61 Taiwan – Wild Kids (CHANG Ta-Chun)

62 Cameroon – The Poor Christ of Bomba = Le Pauvre Christ de Bomba (Mongo BETI)

64 Sri Lanka – Reef (Romesh GUNESEKERA)

67 Malawi – Smouldering charcoal (Tiyambe ZELEZA)

70 Syria – In praise of hatred (Khaled KHALIFA)

72 Xinjiang – Wild Pigeon (Nurmuhemmet YASIN)

74 Kashmir – The Collaborator (Mirza WAHEED)

77 Zambia – The Smoke that Thunders (Dominic MULAISHO) 3/19

78 78: Cambodia – In the Shadow of the Banyan (Vaddey RATTNER)

81 Somalia – Maps (Nuruddin FARAH)

82 Zimbabwe – Bones (Chenjerai HOVE)

83           former Rhodesia – The Grass is Singing (Doris LESSING)

84 South Sudan – Beneath the Darkening Sky (Majok TULBA)

85 Rwanda – The Past Ahead = Le Passé devant soi (Gilbert GATORE)

93 Greece – Alexis Zorba/ Zorba the Greek (Nikos KAZANTZAKIS)

95 Czech Rep. – The Good Soldier Švejk = Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka (Jaroslav HAŠEK)

96 Jordan – Cry of the Dove (Fadia FAQIR)

100 Azerbaijan – Solar Plexus: a Baku saga in four parts (Rustam IBRAGIMBEKOV)

 

Esperanto:

72 Xinjiang – Loulan kaj Fremdregionano = Loulan and A Person from a Foreign Region (INOUE Yasushi)

 

French:

20 France – Notre Dame de Paris = The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor HUGO)

38 Algeria – Nedjma (Kateb YACINE)

43 Morocco – La Nuit Sacrée = The Sacred Night (Tahar BEN JELOUN)

60 Ivory Coast – En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages = Waiting for the wild Beasts to Vote (Ahmadou KOUROUMA)

59 Madagascar – Nour, 1947 (Raharimanana)

63 Niger – Misères et grandeurs ordinaires (Amadou IDÉ)

66 Burkina Faso – Le parachutage = The Parachute Drop (Norbert ZONGO)

68 Mali – L’étrange destin de Wangrin = The Fortunes of Wangrin (Amadou Hampate Ba)

79 Senegal – Les Bouts de bois de dieu = God’s Bits of Wood (Sembene Ousmane)

80 Chad – Les racines du yucca (Koulsy Lamko)

86 Guinea – L’Enfant Noir (Camara LAYE)

88 Tunisia – La Montagne du Lion = Lion Mountain (Mustapha TLILI)

89 Benin – Doguicimi (Paul HAZOUMÉ)

92 Haiti – Hadriana dans tous mes rêves = Hadriana in all my dreams (René DEPESTRE)

94 Burundi – Baho! (Roland RUGERO)

 

German:

16 Germany – Der Zauberberg = The Magic Mountain (Thomas MANN)

17 former East Germany – Nachdenken über Christa T. = The Quest for Christa T. (Christa WOLF)

40 Iraq – Jussifs Gesichter = Yussif’s Stories (Najem WALI)

65 Romania – Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet = I would rather not have met myself today (translated as:) The Appointment (Herta MÜLLER)

71 Kazakhstan (German) – Abai (Mukhtar O. AUEZOV)

 

Italian:

26 Italy – Il gattopardo = The Leopard (Giuseppe di LAMPEDUSA)

 

Portuguese:

5 Brazil – Dona Flor e seus dois maridos = Dona Flor & her two husbands (Jorge AMADO)

97 Portugal – Ensaio sobre a Cegueira = Blindness (José SARAMAGO)

 

Spanish:

11 Mexico – La Muerte de Artemio Cruz = The Death of Artemio Cruz (Carlos FUENTES)

31 Colombia – El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera = Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ)

32 Spain – Don Quijote (Miguel de CERVANTES)

33 Catalonia/Spain – La Sombra del viento = The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos RUÍZ ZAFÓN)

35 Argentina – El Beso de la mujer araña = Kiss of the Spider Woman (Manuel PUIG)

  1. Peru – Lituma en los Andes = Lituma in the Andes, (translated as) Death in the Andes (Mario VARGAS LLOSA)

48 Venezuela – Doña Bárbara (Rómulo GALLEGOS)

69 Chile – Eva Luna (Isabel ALLENDE)

75 Ecuador – Huasipungo = The Villagers (Jorge ICAZA)

76 Guatemala – el Señor Presidente = The President (Miguel Angel Asturias)

90 Bolivia – Palacio Quemado (Edmundo Paz Soldán)

91 Cuba – Tres Tristes Tigres = Three Trapped Tigers (Guillermo CABRERA INFANTE)

98 Dominican Rep. – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot DÍAZ)

 

Swedish:

99 Sweden – Hemsöborna = The people of Hemsö (August STRINDBERG)

 

Book 68: Mali (French) – L’étrange destin de Wangrin = The Fortunes of Wangrin (Amadou Hampâté Bâ)

Among my surprises from this project has sometimes been finding where the countries come in order, when you rank them by population. I must admit to being surprised to see the countries of the Sahel, and nearby, ranked so highly in the population stakes, and fairly close together – we’ve just had Niger and Burkina Faso, here we are in Mali, and Chad and South Sudan will follow shortly. I’ve always thought of these countries as having few people with a poor, if not precarious, environmental existence, but on the contrary they obviously manage to support large populations somehow! And it was a surprise that what I always thought of as wretchedly infertile desert or semi-desert lands have larger populations than the countries round the coast, except for Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Like my book for Uganda, Wangrin is not very nice character, but in this case he does have redeeming qualities (and I found this to be on the whole a far better book). Like the English and Australian outlaws, Robin Hood and Ned Kelly (respectively), his criminality is supposedly directed only against the rich and powerful (including the French colonial authorities). But he does come off as quite nasty, calculating, hypocritical and venal, with his eye always on the main chance. Perhaps most shocking is when he passes through an Eden-like town, is treated with kindness and generosity by the commandant’s interpreter and gatekeeper Romo, decides he wants the latter’s cushy job, and sets about stealing this position for himself (thereby making Romo his greatest enemy, reasonably enough) and sets up his son. As he enriches himself, his morality decreases. He enters into complots then cheats his partners in crime. Even his daughter gets used as a weapon. He is not above conjuring witchcraft against his enemies. His prayer to the spirits reveals the sort of person he wants to be:
“Breathe into me the virtue which permits the chameleon to constantly change its colour according to its surroundings in order to pass unseen.”
He can never feel secure, claiming he even sleeps with his eyes open. Nevertheless, he does have some redeeming qualities, such as his generosity to the poor (which the author emphasises in his Afterword but doesn’t come out in the tale itself – what a strange praise-singing is this novel, where ironically only the hero’s worst qualities usually appear!) It’s as if Bâ himself has been mesmerised by Wangrin, as were his other victims, one is tempted to say like the creature of a snake charmer (if it weren’t for the hero’s ultimate fate!)
He is a world champion networker. He always keeps his promises (unfortunately often of revenge). Although become poor, he dies owing nothing, money or otherwise. On the other hand I must admire him for his linguistic skills, speaking perfect Bambara (his mother tongue), Peul, Dogon, Mossi, Djerma, Hausa and, passably, Baolé and Bété (not to mention French)…
There are some great images, like this one of civil servants fearful of an official inspection:
“When the wild animals are disturbed while feasting on the spoils of the hunt, they pause for a moment and move out of the way until the danger has passed. Then they return to their repast as soon as they no longer feel fear.”
The novel is suffused with the world of the griot (praise-singer), whose qualities include:
“On the other hand, what Kountena’s guitar cords refused to him, his vocal cords and his tongue granted it to him to a large extent. He was a marvellous story-teller, singer, and at the same time an excellent mime.”
It is also full of wonderful proverbs, such as the Peul pearl “If you are led to eat the meat from an animal’s body, at least wait until it is good and fat”, i.e. “If you have to do something below your rank, it should at least be something worth doing.”
The book is also chock-full of fascinating footnotes, from which I learnt a great deal about local life. Considering how much I was reading about Ancient Rome that year, I couldn’t help noticing the similarities between Rome and Mali in their obsession with auguries taken from natural phenomena.
In the end Wangrin falls victim to the prophecy that was made of him, falls from power, is ruined, becomes a drunkard, and falls to an ignominious, stupid death. All in all, a great portrait of a flawed but fascinating character.
Coming back to that Afterword… I’m not sure if Wangrin was originally a real person, but all that I can say to Bâ’s plea that..

“generally, the historical existence of the one who gave himself the surname ‘Wangrin’ is admitted, but it is considered that I must have “romanticised” his life to some extent, even introducing, to spice up the story and give it some sort of symbolic significance, a subtle dose of oral tradition and supernatural events of my own creation.” [my translations]

… this is a perfect description of this great novel. Methinks he doth protest too much…

Amadou Hampâté Bâ (c.1900-1991), L’étrange destin de Wangrin, ou les roueries d’un interprète africain, Paris, 10/18, 1973, 1992, ISBN 978-2-264-01758-1

 

 

 

Book 55: Mozambique (English) – Under the Frangipani (translation of A Varanda do Frangipani = The Frangipani Veranda) (Mia COUTO)

This man I am occupying is a certain Izidine Naíta, a police inspector. His way of life is adjacent to that of dogs: he sniffs at misdeeds which drip with blood. I’m in one corner of his mind, I watch him with great care so as not to disturb his inner workings. For this man, Izidine, is now me. I go with him, I go in him, I go him. I talk to whoever he talks to. I desire whoever he talks to. I desire whoever he desires. I dream of whoever he dreams.

 

Hopping across to the other side of Africa for the other big Lusophone country there…

In European terms, this would be called a magical realist novel, but from another point of view it is actually suffused with African mythology and story-telling. At its heart is a murder mystery, but it is told as a mystery (in fact, as a novel) unlike any I’ve ever read. It follows two different logics – the Western crime procedural, and the African psychological/mystical approach. There is no shortage of suspects – or of confessors – for the crime, in fact everybody owns up to it!

The novel is a house that is airy with open windows between ‘mythology’ and ‘reality’, between humans and other beings, and between the past and the present. Even the narrator is a dead man. His very murder happened in a time of transmutation – just as Mozambique was painfully becoming independent from Portugal. The powers-that-be want to turn him into a national hero, whereas all he wants himself is to be one of the grateful dead. In order to solve his own murder, the dead soldier’s spirit enters into a police investigator, who (known to the occupying spirit but unknown to the policeman) himself has only a few more days to live…

This not over-large novel packs a large number of elaborations and issues in. I loved it. Couto’s language is magical and mysterious. A bit like my Ghanaian book (Wife of the Gods), this is a murder mystery with a twist (actually, many twists), full of African spirituality and charm. What a surprising and delightful discovery! Another wonderful author to read out when (if) I ever finish this project!

 

COUTO, Mia (1955 – ), Under the Frangipani, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Brookshaw, London, Serpent’s Tail, 2008, ISBN 978 1 84668 676 4 (originally published Lisbon 1996)

Is publishing still living in the age of empires?

So, now that I’ve posted on more than 50 books, I’m about a quarter of the way through my project to read something from all the countries in the world. Since it is so much in the news at the moment, I thought it might be interesting, as my own personal little comment on globalisation (for what it’s worth), to see where the books I’ve been buying for this challenge were actually published – whether in the country in question, or, more usually, in the former colonial power. Of course, many of these books are translations, usually into English, even though I’ve tried to read in the original language wherever I could.
When I began this reading project, one of the minor benefits I was hoping for was to do a little foreign aid to support the local publishers and booksellers in each country. And I do almost always buy books when I’m in a country. But it has proved surprisingly hard to find local booksellers that can ship to Australia. So I’ve ended up buying most from The Book Depository or Amazon. And as for publishers, as you can see it is still largely the former colonial powers that are still in control… although the great collection of exotic lands proves that the USA is not as isolationist as it sometimes seems…
I’ll update this list every now and then.

*Acquired by me in the country itself
(You can see that a large number of the ones under “Published in country of origin” are ones I bought on my travels as souvenirs – books are my favorite and usually only travel souvenirs! Some of these poor books had been waiting patiently on the shelf for quite a while for me to get around to reading them!)

Published in country of origin:
*Australia
Brazil
*Bulgaria
*China
Denmark
*Egypt
Estonia
*France
Georgia
Germany
*India
Italy
*Macedonia
*Mexico
*Namibia
Netherlands
Norway
*Serbia
Spain, Catalonia
*Swaziland (? No publishing place given)
Sweden [*gift from Swedish person]
*Thailand
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)
Zimbabwe

Not published in country of origin:
Published in Australia:
French Polynesia
Papua New Guinea
South Sudan

Published in France:
Algeria
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Chad
*Greece
Guinea
Ivory Coast
Madagascar
Mali
Morocco
Niger
Senegal
Tunisia

Published in Germany:
Austria
Iraq
Kazakhstan
*Romania
*Slovakia
Switzerland

Published in Mexico:
Nicaragua

Published in the Netherlands:
Belgium
North Korea

Published in the Russian Federation:
Tajikistan

Published in Spain:
Argentina
Chile
Cuba
Ecuador
El Salvador
Haiti
Peru
Venezuela

Published in the UK:
Afghanistan
*Albania
Bangladesh
Botswana
Congo Republic
Croatia
Czech Republic
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Equatorial Guinea
Finland
Hungary
Iceland
Israel
Japan
South Korea
Laos
Lebanon
Libya
Malawi
Malaysia
Mozambique
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Russia
Samoa
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria
Turkey
Ukraine
USA
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Zambia

Published in the UK/USA:
Ethiopia

Published in the USA:
Angola
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Burma/Myanmar
*Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Colombia
Congo DR
Eritrea
Ghana
Honduras
*Indonesia
Iran
Jordan
Kenya
Nepal
Poland
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
*Slovenia
Somalia
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

The Big List

Alphabetical List of Countries and other places

This is a list of the countries I intend to read with the titles I’ve read in bold; the ones I’ve already posted on (underlined) are links to the page on that book. (Some of the ones listed might not fulfil my criteria for the present project so I’ll read another one). For the ones I haven’t yet done, the most likely title(s) are listed, but I welcome your suggestions (novels only) – even for countries that I’ve already posted on, as I hope this will become a resource for others to find wonderful world literature.

Abkhazia

Afghanistan The Kite Runner (Khaled HOSSEINI)

Åland Islands

AlbaniaThe File on H (Ismail KADARE)

AlgeriaNedjma (Kateb YACINE)

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola – The Book of Chameleons = O Vendedor de passados (José Eduardo AGUALUSA)

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

ArgentinaEl Beso de la mujer araña = The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Manuel PUIG)

Armenia

Aruba & Netherlands Antilles

AustraliaVoss (Patrick WHITE)

– Christmas Island

– Cocos Keeling Islands

– Norfolk Island – The Thorn Birds (Colleen MCCULLOUGH)

AustriaErzählungen = Stories (Heinrich von KLEIST); The Radetzky March (Joseph ROTH)

Azerbaijan Solar Plexus (Rustam IBRAGIMBEKOV)

Bahamas

Bahrain

BangladeshShame (Taslima NASRIN)

Barbados

BelarusParanoia (Victor MARTINOVICH)

BelgiumDe Intrede van Christus in Brussel = Christ’s Entry into Brussels (in the year 2000 and something, or thereabouts) (Dimitri VERHULST)

Belize

Benin – Doguicimi (Paul HAZOUMÉ)

Bermuda

Bhutan

BoliviaEl Palacio Quemado = Burned Palace (Edmundo PAZ SOLDÁN)

Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe Bridge over the Drina = Na Drini Cuprija (Ivo ANDRIĆ)

Botswana

Bougainville

Brazil – Dona Flor e seus dois maridos =  Dona Flor & her two husbands (Jorge AMADO)

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria – Under the Yoke (Ivan VAZOV)

Burkina Faso – Le Parachutage = The Parachute Drop (Nobert ZONGO)

Burma (Myanmar) – Irrawaddy Tango (Wendy LAW-YONE)

Burundi – Baho! (Roland Rugero)

CambodiaIn the Shadow of the Banyan (Vaddey RATTNER)

CanadaThe Blind Assassin (Margaret ATWOOD)

CameroonThe Poor Christ of Bomba (Mongo BETI)

Cape Verde

Catalonia – La Sombra del viento = The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos RUÍZ ZAFÓN)

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad – Les racines du yucca = The Yucca Roots (Koulsy LAMKO)

Channel Islands

ChileEva Luna (Isabel ALLENDE)

ChinaJourney to the West /Monkey= Xi You Ji《西游记》by (WU Cheng’en) (吴承恩)

– Hong Kong

– Macao

TaiwanWild Kids (CHANG Ta-Chun)

– XinjiangWild Pigeon: a Uyghur Fable (Nurmuhemmet YASIN); Loulan (INOUE Yasushi)

Christmas Island (Australia)

Cocos Keeling Islands

ColombiaEl Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera = Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ)

Comoros, Mayotte

Congo Rep. (Brazzaville) – African Psycho (Alain MABANCKOU)

Congo DR (Kinshasa) – Full Circle (Frederick Yamusangie)

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire – (French) – En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages = Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote (Ahmadou KOUROUMA)

Croatia – S.: a novel about the Balkans (Slavenka DRAKULIĆ)

Cuba Tres Tristes Tigres = Three Trapped Tigers (Guillermo CABRERA INFANTE)

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Rep.The Good Soldier Švejk (Jaroslav HAŠEK)

DenmarkMiss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (Peter HOEG)

– Faroe Islands

– Greenland – Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (Peter HOEG)

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Rep. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot DIAZ)

East Germany – Nachdenken über Christa T. = The Quest for Christa T. (Christa WOLF)

East Timor

East TurkistanWild Pigeon: a Uyghur Fable (Nurmuhemmet YASIN); Loulan (INOUE Yasushi)

Ecuador Huasipungo = The Villagers (Jorge ICAZA)

EgyptThe Cairo Trilogy (Naguib MAHFOUZ)

  1. Palace Walk = Bayn al-qasrayn
  2. Palace of Desire = Qasr al-shawq
  3. Sugar Street = al-Sukkariyya

El Salvador – Insensitez (Horacio CASTELLANOS MOYA)

England – Pride and Prejudice (Jane AUSTEN)

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea – The Fighter’s Letter (Paulos NATNAEL)

EstoniaKalevipoeg

eSwatini – The giraffe stepped over the fence (Storm JAMES)

EthiopiaBeneath the Lion’s Gaze (Maaza MENGISTE)

Faroe Islands

Falkland Islands

Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji

Finland Kalevala

FranceNotre Dame de Paris = The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor HUGO)

French Guiana

French Polynesia – Frangipani (Célestine Hitiura VAITE)

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

GermanyDer Zauberberg = The Magic Mountain (Thomas MANN)

German Democratic Republic – Nachdenken über Christa T.= The Quest for Christa T. (Christa WOLF)

GhanaWife of the Gods (Kwei QUARTEY)

Gibraltar

Great Britain: England – Pride and Prejudice (Jane AUSTEN)

– Northern Ireland – Border Angels (Anthony QUINN)

– Scotland – Kidnapped (Robert Louis STEVENSON)

– Wales – How Green was my Valley (Richard LLEWELLYN)

Greece: Alexis Zorba = Zorba the Greek (Nikos KAZANTZAKIS)

Greenland – Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (Peter HOEG)

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala – el Señor Presidente = The President (Miguel Angel ASTURIAS)

GuineaL’Enfant Noir = The Black Child (Camara LAYE)

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti Hadriana dans tous mes rêves = Hadriana in All my Dreams (René DEPESTRE)

Hawai’i

Holland – Het Diner = The Dinner (Herman KOCH)

Honduras – Los Barcos (Roberto QUESADA)

Hong Kong

HungaryFateless (Imre KERTESZ)

IcelandThe Elder Edda; Independent People (Haldor LAXNESS)

IndiaGodan (गोदान) (Premchand)

– Kashmir – The Collaborator (Mirza WAHEED)

IndonesiaThe Buru Quartet (Pramoedya TOER)

– Papua

IranMoonlight on the Avenue of Faith (Gina NAHAI)

IraqJussifs Gesichter= Yussif’s Faces (Najem WALI)

– Kurdistan – I stared at the night of the city (Bakhtiyar ALI)

IrelandThe Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar WILDE)

Northern Ireland – Border Angels (Anthony QUINN)

Irian Jaya

Israel – To Know a Woman (Amos OZ)

ItalyIl gattopardo = The Leopard (Giuseppe DI LAMPEDUSA)

Ivory Coast – (French) – En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages = Waiting for the wild Beasts to Vote (Ahmadou KOUROUMA)

JamaicaThe Pirate’s daughter (Margaret CEZAIR-THOMPSON)

JapanThe Tale of Genji = Genji Monogatari (MURASAKI SHIKIBU)

JordanCry of the Dove (Fadia FAQIR)

Kashmir – The Collaborator (Mirza WAHEED)

KazakhstanAbai: vor Tau und Tag = Abai (Muchtar AUESOW)

KenyaPetals of Blood (NGŨGĨ wa Thiong’o)

KiribatiA Pattern of Islands (Arthur GRIMBLE)

North Korea – Korean Short Stories: a collection from North Korea; The Guest (HWANG Sok-Yong);  The Accusation (BANDI)

South KoreaPlease look after mother/mom  = Omma rul Put’akhae(SHIN Kyung-Sook)

Kosovo

Kurdistan – I stared at the night of the city (Bakhtiyar ALI)

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos – The Coroner’s Lunch (Colin COTTERILL)

Latvia

LebanonThe Prophet (Khalil GILBRAN)

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein – Seven Years in Tibet (Heinrich HARRER)

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Macedonia

MadagascarNour, 1947 (RAHARIMANANA)

Malagasy Republic – Nour, 1947 (RAHARIMANANA)

Malawi – Smouldering Charcoal (Tiyambe ZELEZA)

MalaysiaGarden of Evening Mists (Tan Twan ENG)

Maldives

Mali – L’étrange destin de Wangrin = The Fortunes of Wangrin (Amadou Hampate BA)

Malta

Malvinas

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

MexicoLa Muerte de Artemio Cruz = The Death of Artemio Cruz (Carlos FUENTES)

Federated States of Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montserrat

MoroccoLa Nuit Sacrée = The Sacred Night (Tahar BEN JELOUN)

– Western Sahara

MozambiqueUnder the Frangipani = A Varanda do Frangipani (Mia COUTO)

Myanmar (Burma) – Irrawaddy Tango (Wendy LAW-YONE)

Namibia – Born of the Sun (Joseph DIESCHO)

Nauru

NepalBuddha’s Orphans (Samrat UPADHYAY)

NetherlandsHet Diner = The Dinner (Herman KOCH)

New Caledonia

New Zealand – The Luminaries (Eleanor CATTON)

Nicaragua – Mil y una muertes (Sergio RAMÍREZ)

NigerCamisole de paille = The Straw Camisole (Amadou IDÉ)

NigeriaThings Fall Apart (Chinua ACHEBE)

Niue

Norfolk Island – The Thorn Birds (Colleen MCCULLOUGH)

North Korea – Korean Short Stories: a collection from North Korea; The Guest (HWANG Sok-Yong);  The Accusation (BANDI)

North Macedonia

Northern Ireland – Border Angels (Anthony QUINN)

Northern Marianas

NorwayEn Folkefiende = An Enemy of the People (Henrik IBSEN)

Oman

PakistanThe Reluctant Fundamentalist (Moshin HAMID)

– Kashmir – The Collaborator (Mirza WAHEED)

Palau

Palestine – Mornings in Jenin (Susan ABULHAWA)

Panama – The Tailor of Panama (John Le Carré)

Papua

Papua New Guinea – The Crocodile (Vincent ERI)

– Bougainville

Paraguay

PeruLituma en los Andes = Death in the Andes (Mario VARGAS LLOSA)

PhilippinesNoli Me Tangere (Jose RIZAL)

Pitcairn Islands

PolandQuo Vadis (Henryk SIENKIEWICZ)

Portugal Ensaio sobre a Cegueira = Blindness (José SARAMAGO)

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Réunion

Rhodesia – The Grass is Singing (Doris LESSING)

RomaniaHeute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet= The Appointment (Herta MÜLLER)

RussiaCrime and Punishment = Преступление и наказание (Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY)

– Abkhazia

– Tuva

Rwanda The Past Ahead (Gilbert GATORE)

St Barthélemy

St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha

St Kitts & Nevis

St Lucia

St Martin, St Maarten

St Pierre & Miquelon

St Vincent & the Grenadines

SamoaSons for the Return Home (Albert WENDT)

American Samoa

San Marino

São Tomé and Príncipe

Saudi ArabiaWolves of the Crescent Moon= Fikhakh al-ra’ihah (Yousef AL-MOHAIMEED)

Scotland – Kidnapped (Robert Louis STEVENSON)

SenegalLes Bouts de bois de dieu = God’s Bits of Wood (Sembene OUSMANE)

Serbia – Dictionary of Khazars (Milorad PAVIĆ)

Seychelles

Sierra Leone – Ancestor Stones (Aminatta FORNA)

Singapore

Slovakia – Jubelzone (Jozef BANÁŠ)

SloveniaAlamut (Vladimir BARTOL)

Solomon Islands

Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland – Maps (Nuruddin FARAH)

South AfricaDisgrace (JM COETZEE)

South KoreaPlease look after mother/mom = Omma rul Put’akhae (SHIN Kyung-Sook)

South SudanBeneath the Darkening Sky (Majok TULBA)

South Yemen (English) – Two boys from Aden College (Qais Ghanem)

Spain(El ingenioso hidalgo) Don Quijote (de La Mancha) = Don Quixote (Miguel de CERVANTES);

– Catalonia – La Sombra del viento = The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos RUIZ ZAFON)

Sri LankaReef (Romesh GUNESEKERA)

SudanThe Season of Migration to the North (Tayib SALIH)

Suriname

Svalbard

Swaziland – The giraffe stepped over the fence (Storm JAMES)

SwedenHemsöborna = The People of Hemsö (August STRINDBERG)

Switzerland – Das Versprechen (Friedrich DÜRRENMATT); Heidi (Johanna SPYRI)

SyriaIn praise of hatred (Khaled KHALIFA)

TaiwanWild Kids (CHANG Ta-Chun)

Tajikistan

TanzaniaParadise (Abdulrazak GURNAH)

ThailandThe Judg[e]ment (Chart Korbjitti)

Tibet – Mipam (Lama YONGDEN)

Timor Leste

Togo

Tokelau

TongaNo Kava for Johnny (John O’GRADY)

Trinidad & Tobago

TunisiaLa Montagne du Lion = Lion Mountain (Mustapha TLILI)

TurkeySnow = Kar (Orhan PAMUK)

Turkmenistan

Turks & Caicos Islands

Tuva

Tuvalu – Tuvalu (Andrew O’CONNOR)

UgandaAbyssinian Chronicles (Moses ISEGAWA)

UkraineA Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Marina LEWYCKA)

United Arab Emirates The Sand Fish (Maha GARGASH)

United Kingdom: England – Pride and Prejudice (Jane AUSTEN)

– British Virgin Islands

– Channel Islands

– Gibraltar

– Northern Ireland – Border Angels (Anthony QUINN)

– Scotland – Kidnapped (Robert Louis STEVENSON)

– Wales – How Green was my Valley (Richard LLEWELLYN)

Uruguay

USATo Kill a Mockingbird (Harper LEE)

– American Samoa

– Hawai’i

– Puerto Rico

– US Virgin Islands

UzbekistanThe Dead Lake = Вундеркинд Ержан (Hamid ISMAILOV)

Vanuatu

Vatican City Vatican: History and Art

VenezuelaDoña Bárbara (Rómulo GALLEGOS)

VietnamTale of Kieu= Truyện Kiều (NGUYỄN Du); The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh NGUYEN)

British Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands

Wallis & Futuna

West Papua

Western Sahara

Western SamoaSons for the Return Home (Albert WENDT)

XinjiangWild Pigeon: a Uyghur Fable (Nurmuhemmet YASIN); Loulan (INOUE Yasushi)

Yemen The Hostage = Ar-Rahina (Zayd Mutee’ DAMMAJ)

South Yemen – Two boys from Aden College (Qais GHANEM)

Zaire – Full Circle (Frederick Yamusangie)

Zambia The Smoke that Thunders (Dominic MULAISHO)

Zimbabwe – Bones (Chenjerai HOVE); The Grass is Singing (Doris LESSING)