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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reading Around the World: Part the Second

Part I

So here are the books I’ve gathered. My initial criteria was that it was fiction and that it was written in another language and translated into English. I didn’t want to add books that have a non-English language setting, because I wasn’t sure if they counted or not. (ie John Burdett lives in France and Bangkok, and writes about Bangkok, but is British. So does that count? I decided no. Same for Pearl Buck.) But I added a couple, because the authors are not British / North American.

I also didn’t count any of Michael’s manga. Because it’s not my thing.

If I own a book, but have not yet read it, I stuck it at the end and marked it (NR). But I felt I should get partial points for possessing it.

So here’s the list:

Isabel Allende Daughter of Fortune Chilean
Isabel Allende Kingdom of the Golden Dragon Chilean
Isabel Allende Zorro Chilean
Peter Hoeg Smilla’s Sense of Snow Danish
Andrea Camilleri The Shape of Water Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Terra Cotta Dog Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Snack Thief Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Voice of the Violin Italian
Andrea Camilleri Excursion to Tindari Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Smell of the Night Italian
Andrea Camilleri Rounding the Mark Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Patience of the Spider Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Paper Moon Italian
Andrea Camilleri August Heat Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Wings of the Sphinx Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Track of Sand Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Potter’s Field Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Age of Doubt Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Dance of the Seagull Italian
Andrea Camilleri Treasure Hunt Italian
Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Swedish
Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Played with Fire Swedish
Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Swedish
Guillermo Martinez The Oxford Murders Argentine
Guillermo Martinez The Book of Murder Argentine
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Fencing Master Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Flanders Panel Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Seville Communion Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte Captain Alatriste Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Nautical Chart Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Queen of the South Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Purity of the Blood Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Painter of Battles Spanish
Sergei Lukyanenko Day Watch Russian
Sergei Lukyanenko Night Watch Russian
Sergei Lukyanenko Twilight Watch Russian
Sergei Lukyanenko Last Watch Russian
Victor Pelevin A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia Russian
Joann Sfar The Rabbi’s Cat French
Giancarlo de Cataldo Crimini: The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction Italian
Gabriel Garcia Marquez  (NR) Love in the Time of Cholera Colombian
Arnaldur Indriðason (NR) Jar City Icelandic
Carlos Ruiz Zafón(NR) The Shadow of the Wind Spanish
Futaro Yamada (NR) The Kouga Ninja Scrolls Japanese
Arturo Perez-Reverte (NR) The Club Dumas Spanish
Vikram Chandra (NR) Sacred Games Indian

So that’s 46 total on my shelves, of which I’ve read 40.

(And I KNOW I own a copy of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. But I have no idea where I put most of my fiction. So there are might be some other books I’m missing.)

I’ve been remiss. Translators of the above books:
Margaret Sayers Peden, Margaret Jull Costa, Sonia Soto, Andrew Hurley, Stephen Sartarelli, Andrew Bromfield, Reg Keeland, Andrew Brown

And then there’s folklore and mythology… Do they count? I think they should, but since you might have a different opinion, I separated them out.

A.K. Ramanujan Folktales from India
Aleksandr Afanas’ev Russian Fairy Tales
Ananda K Coomaraswamy Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists
Brown Theogony
David Patterson Greatest Jewish Stories
Diane Tong Gypsy Folk Tales
E.C.T Werner Myths and Legends of China
F. Hadland Davis Myths and Legends of Japan
Frank Delaney Legends of the Celts
Gwyn Jones Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas
Harish Johari The Monkeys and the Mango Tree
Harold Courlander A Treasury of African Folklore
Henry Glassie Irish Folktakes
Herodotus The Histories
Homer The Odyssey
Innes Metamophoses
Italo Calvino Italian Folktales
Jack Zipes The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
James R. Foster The World’s Great Folktales
Jane Yolen Favorite Folktales from around the World
Jeffery Gantz The Mabinogion
Jesse L. Byock Saga of the Volsungs
John Bierhorst Latin American Folktales
Kevin Crossley-Holland The Norse Myths
Laura Gibbs Aesop’s Fables
Linda J. Ivanits Russian Folk Belief
Moss Roberts Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies
N.K. Sandars The Epic of Gilgamesh
Nelson Mandela Favorite African Folktales
Peter Christen Asbjornsen Norwegian Folktales
R.J. Stewart Celtic Myths, Celtic Legends
Richard F. Burton Tales from the Arabian Nights
Royall Tyler Japanese Tales
Sally Holmes The Complete Fairy Tales of the Charles Perrault
Samuel Noah Kramer Mythologies of the Ancient World
Sir Thomas Malory Le Morte D’Arthur
Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatian de Blumenthal Folk Tales from the Russian
W.B. Yeats Irish Fairy and Folktales

That’s 38 more, if you think they count.

Do I have all the countries in the world? Of course I don’t. Could I read 174 books in a year? Probably. I’ve got 150 books this year, thought I’ve been slacking the past two months. But that seems… not fun.

So, readers: what non-British or non-North American authors I should read?

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