World Map of Literature

I do love seeing those lists of books that all sorts of publications put out:

They’re fun to browse and generally make me feel all snooty and superior either because I’ve read a lot or because I disagree with the selection. They tend to be heavily weighted towards western white male authors, with maybe a noticeable minority of western white female authors.

That tendency makes Literature of the World all the more awesome, because this one Reddit user, Backforward24, literally goes over a world map and identifies a piece of literature from each country that you should read:

Literature of the World

And the joys of social media crossover means that I actually discovered this Map via Tumblr, because I don’t generally browse Reddit. That’s where I went to copy down the list of books* that I am including below the tag for length purposes:

* note: I have read 7 of the 145 books.

World Map of literature
The Americas
Canada – Anne of Green Gables
U.S.A – To Kill a MockingBird
Mexico – Pedro Paramo
Guatemala – Men of Maize
Belize – Beka Lamb
Honduras – Cipotes
El Salvador – Bitter Grounds
Nicaragua – The Country Under my Skin
Costa Rica – La Isla de los hombres solos
Panama – Plenilunio
Colombia – 100 Years of Solitude
Venezuela – Dona Barbara
Guyana – Palace of the Peacock
Suriname – The Price of Sugar
French Guiana – Papillon
Ecuador – The Villager
Brazil – Dom Casmurro
Peru – Death in the Andes
Bolivia – Bronze Race
Paraguay – I the Supreme
Argentina – Ficciones
Chile – The House of the Spirits
Uruguay – Soccer in the Sun and Shadow
Cuba – Havana Bay
Haiti – Breath, Eyes, Memory
Dominican Republic – Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao
Bahamas – The Measure of a Man
Jamaica – A brief history of Seven Killings
Puerto Rico – When I was Puerto Rican
Lesser Antilles – Wide Sargasso Sea
Greenland – Islands, the Universe, Home

Europe & Russia
Norway – Hunger
Iceland – Jar City
Sweden – Gosta Berling’s Saga
Finland – The Unknown Soldier
Denmark – Feeling for Snow
Latvia – Nāvas Ena
Estonia – Truth and Justice
Lithuania – Black Sheep
Belarus – Voices from Chernobyl
Ukraine – Death and the Penguin
Moldova – A Siberian Education
Romania – Forest of the Hanged
Bulgaria – Under the Yoke
Poland – Pan Tadeusz
Germany – Buddenbrooks
Netherlands – The Discovery of Heaven
Belgium – The Sorrow of Belgium
Luxembourg – In Reality: Selected Poems
United Kingdom – Great Expectations
Ireland – Ulysses
Czech Republic – The Good Soldier
Slovakia – Rivers of Babylon
France – The Count of Monte Cristo
Spain – Don Quixote
Portugal – Baltasar and Blimunda
Austria – The Man Without Qualities
Switzerland – Heidi
Italy – The Divine Comedy
Slovenia – Alamut
Croatia – Cafe Europa
Hungary – Eclipse of the Crescent Moon
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Zlata’s diary
Serbia – Dictionary of the Khazars
Montenegro – Montenegro: A Novel
Albania – The General of the Dead Army
Macedonia – Freud’s Sister
Greece – The Iliad
Russia – War and Peace

Asia and The Middle East
Turkey – My Name is Red
Georgia – Knight in the Panther’s Skin
Armenia – The Fool
Azerbaijan – Blue Angels
Iran – Shahnameh
Iraq – The Corpses Exhibition and Other Stories
Syria – The Dark Side of love
Lebanon – The Hakawati
Israel – Mornings in Jenin
Syria – The Dark Side of Love
Kuwait – A Map of Home
UAE – The Sand Fish
Saudi Arabia – Cities of Salt
Qatar – The Emergence of Qatar
Yemen – The Hostage
Oman – The Turtle of Oman
Kazakhstan – The Book of Words
Turkmenistan – The Tale of Aypi
Uzbekistan – Chasing the Sea
Kyrgyzstan – Jamilia
Tajikistan – Hurramabad
Afghanistan – Kite Runner
Pakistan – The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Nepal – The Palpasa Cafe
India – The God of Small Things
Bhutan – the Circle of Karma
Bangladesh – A Golden Age
Myanmar – Smile as they Bow
Laos – In the Other Side of the Eye
Thailand – The Four Reigns
Vietnam – The Sorrows of War
Cambodia – First they Killed my Family
Taiwan – Green Island
Sri Lanka – Anil’s Ghost
Mongolia – The Blue Sky
North Korea – The Aquariums of Pyongyang
South Korea – The Vegetarian
Japan – Kokoro
China – The Dream of the Red Chamber
Malaysia – The Garden of Evening Mists
Brunei – Some Girls
Indonesia – This Earth of Mankind
Philippines – Noli Me Tangere
East Timor – The Redundancy of Courage

Australia, New Zealand & The Pacific Islands
Australia – Cloudstreet
Papua New Guinea – Death of a Muruk
Vanuatu – Black Stone
Solomon Islands – Suremada
Fiji – Tales of the Tikongs
New Zealand – The bone People

Africas
Algeria – The Stranger
Libya – In the Country of Men
Egypt – Palace Walk
Morocco – The Sand Child
Mauritania – Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery
Mali – Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali
Niger – Sarraounia
Chad – The Roots of Heaven
Sudan – Lyrics Alley
Nigeria – Things Fall Apart
Cameroon – The Old Man and the Medal
Central African Republic – Batouala
South Sudan – They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky
Ethiopia – Beneath the Lion’s Gaze
Somalia – The Orchard of Lost Souls
Democratic Republic of the Congo – The Antipeople
Uganda – Abyssinian Chronicles
Kenya – Petals of Blood
Tanzania – Desertion
Angola – A Gloriosa Familia
Zambia – Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
Mozambique – Sleepwalking Land
Zimbabwe – The House of Hunger
Namibia – Born of the Sun
Botswana – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
South Africa – Disgrace

One comment on “World Map of Literature

  1. Anna says:

    Oh, man, I am so impressed with your seven! For a while on the list, it looked like I was going to have three or four, but managed to eke out 6. I definitely need to check more of these out!

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