Countries to Books

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Countries to Books

Globetrekking through lit!

Last month, I announced a New Year's resolution I was starting: To read a book or piece of literature by an author from every country in the world. I marked off some countries with authors that I had already read and when I wrote last time, I was beginning with the novel Disgrace, by South African writer J.M. Coetzee. My list of completed reads has expanded, and here is an update!

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE BOOK COVERSierra Leone: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Iran/Persia: Selected Poems of Rumi

Ethiopia: "Appeal to The League of Nations," Haile Selassie, June 1936, found in Words That Ring Through Time: From Moses and Pericles to Obama: Fifty-One of the Most Important Speeches in History and How They Changed Our World and "The Paper Revolution," a short story published in the New Yorker by Dinaw Mengestu. This story can be found in the Jan. 13 issue on page 58.

Guam, Palau, and Northern Mariana Islands: Pacific Island Legends: Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia. This collection unfortunately is not in our system. I was able to access these tales through Google books, but in order to read the rest I will probably buy the book online. I will be able to complete several countries by reading the rest of these folktales!

Currently I am reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (he won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982).

Stay tuned for March, when hopefully I will have at least three more additions to this list!