Books from around the world

There are so many different places in the world. So many different ways of living life. Since I travelled to Asia and around Europe, I also started to travel more in reading - looking for books from other countries, preferably written from authors who live there.

Below is an overview of the books I read and blogged about, sorted by continent and country.

Bookshelf + Blog
There also is a chronological and more visual bookshelf by years

For more about me, visit my blog with notes on reading, journeys, daily life: life as a journey

 

Europe (31 countries so far)

Missing yet (18): Albania, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
Moldova, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Vatican City

Armenia
The Armenite ('15)

Austria
Marlene Haushofer: The Wall / Die Wand ('12)

Azerbaijan
Anar: The sixth storey of a five-storey house ('12)

Belgium
André Franquin: Gaston ('13)
Morris + René Goscinny: Lucky Luke ('13)

Bulgaria
Elias Canetti: Marocco ('14)

Croatia
Yoko Tawada: To Zagreb (short story '15)

Cyprus
Nora Nadjarian: Ledra Street ('12)
Polis Loizou Til God + Ioanna Mavrou Copy ('14 short story)

Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia
Donigan Merritt: Possessed by Shadows ('12)
Miland Kundera: Ignorance ('14 short story) + Abschiedswalzer

Denmark
Andersen Little Mermaid ('14)
Adolphsen: The Heart of the First Horse ('10)

Finland
Elena Hivronen Farthest from Death ('14 short story)

France
Philippe Claudel: Monsieur Linh ('15)
Francois Lelord: Hectors Reise
Noëlle Châtelet: Klatschmohnfrau
Muriel Barbery: The Elegance of the Hedgehog ('13)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: The little Prince ('13)
Daniel Pennac: Like a novel / Wie ein Roman ('13)
Helene Grimaud: travel diary ('13)
Penelope Rowlands: Paris Was Ours ('12)
Sylvia Beach: Shakespeare & Company - A bookshop in Paris ('12)

Germany
Meike Winnemuth: Das Grosse Los ('15)
Wilhelm Genazino: Tarzan am Main
Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha ('15)
Charlotte Link: Sechs Jahre
Christa Wolf: Leibhaftig
Goethe: Italian Journey ('14)
Sigrid Damm: Wohin mit mir ('14) + Diese Einsamkeit
Wilhelm Lehmann: Bucolic Diary ('14)
Doris Dörrie: Was machen wir jetzt? ('13)
Andreas Bernard: Vorn ('13)
Monika Maron: Stille Zeile Sechs ('13)
Wolfgang Büscher: Hartland - walking through America ('13)
Barbara Schaefer: The Girl who wanted to go ('13)
Christa Wolf: Accident: A Day's News / Störfall ('12)
Charlotte Roche: Wetlands / Feuchtgebiete ('12)
Conrad&Wertheimer: Stone Age Venus / Venus aus dem Eis ('12)
Eduard Mörike: Hutzelmännlein (Swabian Tales) ('12)
Wolfgang Büscher: Deutschland, eine Reise (Germany, a journey) ('11)
Sten Nadolny: Netzkarte / net ticket ('11)
Norbert Scheuer: Überm Rauschen - Above water ('11)
Kathrin Schmidt: Du Stirbst Nicht / You Won't Die ('11, German Book Award 2009)
Angelika Overath: Flughafenfische ('11)
Hermann Hesse: Small Pleasures / Kleine Freuden ('11, Lit Nobel Prize 1946)
Joe Bauer: Schwaben, Schwafler, Ehrenmänner ('11)
Before and after the reunion: Brückenschläge ('10)

Greece
Luciano de Crescenzo: Ancient Greek Myths, Revisited ('12)
Christos Ikonomou Piece by Piece.. ('14 short story)

Hungary/Yugoslavia
Melinda Nadj Abonji: Fly Away, Pigeon ('15)

Ireland
James Joyce: Ulysses ('12)
Samuel Beckett: bio / Waiting for Godot ('10, Lit Nobel Prize '69)

Italy
Italo Calvino: If on a winter's night a traveler ('13)
Alessandro Baricco: Novecento ('12)

Monaco
Leo Tolstoy - story: Too Dear ('14 short story)

Netherlands
Sophie Van der Stap: 7 Perücken ('15)
Gerbrand Bakker: The Twin ('12)
Janwillem van de Wetering: Der Leere Spiegel / The Empty Mirror ('10)
Hella Haasse: Blaue Haus / Blue House ('10)

Norway
Karl Ove Knausgaar Come Together ('14 short story)

Poland
Eva Hoffmann: Lost in Translation ('13)
Marzena Sowa & Sylvain Savoia: Marzi ('12)

Portugal
Jose Saramago: Blindness ('14, Lit Nobel Prize)

Russia
Juri Rytcheu: A dream in Polar Fog
Wladimir Kaminer: Die Reise nach Trulala ('13)

Romania
Collection: Fiction 18
Herta Müller: Atemschaukel / Everything I Possess.. + Mokka ('11, Lit Nobel Prize '09)

Serbia
Téa Obreht: The Tigers's Wife ('12, Orange Prize 2011)

Slovakia
Kveta Legátová: Der Mann aus Zelary ('10)

Sweden
"Collected Poems" by Tomas Tranströmer ('15, Lit Nobel Prize)

Switzerland
Cosey: In Search of Peter Pan ('12)
Franz Hohler: 52 Wanderungen ('13)

Spain
Marie Roth: Ein Jahr auf Mallorca ('15)
Maike Hempel: Talayot
Rachel Stainer: El Camino
Maria Barbal: Wie ein Stein im Geröll ('13)

Sweden
Jonas Jonasson: The 100-year old who...('13)
Inger Alfvén: Das weite Meer / The wide ocean ('12)
Meera Lee Sethi: Mountainfit ('13 + '14)

Ukraine
Andrej Kurkow: A Matter of Death And Life ('14)

United Kingdom
Ruth Mancini: Swimming Upstream ('15)
vonne Joy: An Inconvenient Year ('14)
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
Granta Collection: London Days and Nights
David Bryan: The Lost Mountain ('13)
Alain de Botton: How Proust can change.. ('11) + re (13)
Christopher Ross: Tunnel Vision ('12) + re13
Neil Ansell: Deep Country / 5 Years in the Welsh Hills ('12) + revisit ('13)
Alain de Botton: A week at Heathrow airport
Hamish Fulton: Walking journey ('11)
Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down ('10)
Simon Beckett: The Chemistry of Death ('10)

Former Yugoslavia:
Anna Kim: Frozen Time ('13)

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Asia + Middle East (28 countries so far)

Missing yet (16): Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor,
Jordan, Lebanon, Maldives, Mongolia, Oman, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen

Afghanistan
Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns ('12)
Afghanistan collection: Landeys ('13)

Bangladesh
Shahaduz Zaman: Me and Mycobacterium tuberculosi ('14 short story)

Burma
Guy Deslile: Burma Chronicles ('15)

China
Yiyun Li: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers ('15)
Dai Sijie: Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress ('13)
Chris Taylor: Harvest Season ('13)
Fong Liu: Golden Reed Pipe + the Tao Te Ching ('13) + more: Tao Te Ching
MoYan: Red Sorghum / Das rote Kornfeld ('12, Lit Nobel Prize '12)
Liao Yiwu: Testimonials / Für ein Lied & 100 Worte ('12, German Lit Peace Prize '12)
Zhang & Baker: Think Like Chinese ('12)

India
Siddhartha Mukherjee: Emperor of All Maladies ('14) +15
Minal Hajratwala: Leaving India - book talk ('13)
Jhumpa Lahiri: interpreter of maladies ('12)
Tagore: Fruit Gathering ('12)

Indonesia
Andrea Hirata: The Rainbow Troops ('15)
Kate Benzin: Evacuated

Iraq
Bee Rowlatt & May Witwit: Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad ('13)
Paul M. Kendel: Walking the Tiger's Path ('11)

Iran
Azar Nafisi: Reading Lolita in Tehran ('14)
Marjane Satrapi: The Sigh ('13)

Israel + Palestine
Naomi Baum: Life Unexpected ('15)
Amos Oz The King of Norway ('14 short story)
Salim Alafenisch: The Petrified Tent ('13)
Linda Grant: When I Lived in Modern Times ('11, Orange Prize 2000)
Angelika Schrobsdorff: Jericho ('12)

Japan
Nate Golon: Journey of Self
Granta: Japan ('15)
Banana Yoshimoto: Der See ('14)
Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being
Haruki Murakami: After Dark ('13) + Seventh Man ('13)
Chiho Saito: Dangerous Liaisons ('13)
Haruki Murakami: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running ('10) + revisit ('13)

Kazakhstan + Kyrgyzstan
J.A. Irving: Mongol Rally

Korea, South
John Mayston: Kimchi with Everything ('13)
Kyung-Sook Shin: Please look after Mom ('12, Man Asian Literary Prize '11)
Koreanische Erzählungen / story collection from Korea ('11)

Korea, North
Blaine Harden / Shin Dong-hyuk: Escape from Camp 14 ('14)

Kuwait
Saud Alsonousi: The Bamboo Stalk ('14 short story)

Laos
Jillian Webster: Scared to Life ('15 worldtrip memoir)

Malaysia/HongKong
Elaine Chiew: Leng Lui is for Pretty Lady ('14 short story)

Nepal
Tashit Tenzing: "Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest" ('15)
Charles G. Bruce: The Assault on Mount Everest "

Philippines
James Hamilton-Paterson: Alone on a Philippine Island: Playing With Water ('12)

Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai: I am Malala
Granta: Pakistan collection ('13)

Somalia
Khadra Sufi: The girl that wasn't allowed to cry ('15)

Singapore
Sara Adam Ang: A Day in the Death ('14 short story)

Sri Lanka
Romesh Gunesekra Roadkill ('14 short story)

Tibet
Simon Worrall: Journey to Ki ('12) + revisit ('13)

Thailand
Thomas Olde Heuvelt: The Ink Readers of Doi Saket ('14 short story)

Turkmenistan
Lutz Seiler: Turksib ('10)

United Arab Erimates
Christopher Comb: One Year in Wonderland - Expat Life in Dubai ('12)

Uzebekistan & Mongolia
J.A. Irving: Mongol Rally

Vietnam/France
Aliette de Bodard: The Waiting Stars ('14 short story)

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Africa (17 countries so far)

Missing yet (37): Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon,
Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia

Africa
Granta collection: The view from Africa ('13)

Cape Verde
Eleanor Stanford: Historia, Historia ('13)

Ethiopia
Dinaw Mengestu The Paper Revolution ('14 short story)

Egypt
Madgy al-Shafee: Metro ('13)

Ghana
Taiye Selasi: Ghana Must Go ('13)

Ivory Coast
Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie: Aya ('15)

Burundi + Zambia
Tineke Van der Eecken: Cafe d'Afrique ('13)

Libya
Bergmann: Zarzura ('12)

Mauretania
Tine Wittler: In the country of round women ('15)

Morocco
Morocco Stories ('15)
Canetti: Marocco ('14)
Craig Thompson: Haibibi ('13)
Tahar Ben Jalloun: Leaving ('12)

Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun ('11)
Nnedi Okorafor: African Sunrise ('12)

South Africa
short story collection from South Africa: Yizo Yizo ('10)

Sudan
Halim Bashir: Tears of the Desert ('13

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Oceania (4 countries so far)

Missing yet (10): Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru Palau,
Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Australia
Portia de Rossi: Unbearable Lightness ('15)
Lucy Treloar: The Dog and the Sea ('14 short story)

Fiji Islands

Perce Harpham: Some Voyages ('13)

Micronesia
Mitchell Hagerstrom: Miss Gone-OverSeas ('14)

New Zealand
Favel Parrett: Past the Shallows (set in Tasmani) ('15)
Janet Frame Prizes ('14 short story)
Keri Hulme: The Bone People ('12, Booker Prize '84)
Some Other Country - collection ('13)

 

 

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South America (7 countries so far)

Missing yet (5): Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname

Argentine
Jorge Luis Borges Shakespeare's Memory ('14 short story)

Brazil
Paulo Coelho: Veronica decides to die ('14)
Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá: Daytripper ('14)
Granta: Best of Young Brazilian Novelists ('13)

Chile
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Adventures of Miguel Littin (14)
Roberto Bolano Clara ('14 short story) + Beach ('15)

Colombia
Gabriel García Márquez: Clandestine in Chile ('14)

Ecuador*
Kurt Vonnegut: Galapagos ('14)

Peru
Migoya + Marin: Entführt / Kidnapped
Sergio Bambaren: Tales of a Lighthouse Love ('12)
Juliane Koepcke: When I Fell ('13)

Uruguay
Christina Peri Rossi: The Chilren's Rebellion ('14 short story)

Venezuela
Short stories: Venezuela ('14)

North America (8 countries so far)

Missing yet (13): Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts,
Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent


Carribean Collection:

Pepperpot (Carribean story Collection, '14): Belize, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda,
Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica

Antigua
Jamaica Kincaid Girl / Wingless ('14 short story)

Bahamas
Rebecca Burg: Sail with me ('15)
Helen Klonaris: Addie's house ('14 short story)

Canada
Alice Munro Dear Life ('14) + Too Much Happiness ('14)
Brink&Boven: Forgotten Highways ('12)

Cuba
Miguel Barnet: All dreamed of Cuba / Alle träumten von Cuba ('11)
short stories: Cubanísimo ('10)

Haiti
Edwidge Danticat Ghosts ('14 short story)
Roxane Gay: Ayiti ('12)

Mexico
Rose Hunter: A Foal Poem ('12) & to the river ('10)
Judith Adler Hellman: Mexican Lives ('12)
Words Without Borders special lit issue: The Mexican Drug War ('12)
Carmen Leñero: Curving the line ('11)

Trinidad
Tiphanie Yanique: How to Escape from a Leper Colony ('10)

USA
Lisa McKay: Love at the Speed of Email ('15)
Carrot Quinn: Thru-Hiking will break your heart ('15 trail memoir)
Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart ('14)
Karen Joy Fowler: We are all...
Susan Sontag: Illness as Metaphor ('14)
Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project
Sherman Alexie: "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"
Will Schwalbe: End of Your Life Book Club
Alexandra Horowitz: On Looking ('14)
Lisa Genova: Still Alice ('13)
Steven Hubbell: One Autumn in Europe ('13)
Don Lee: Yellow ('13)
Jan Didion: Blue Hours ('13)
Jeff Lemire: The Nobody ('13)
Cheryl Strayed: Wild ('12) +'14
Teju Cole: Open City ('12)
John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley ('12)
Melanie Steele: 13 Years in America ('12)
Calvin Baker: Into the New World ('12)
May Sarton: Journal of a Solitude ('12)
Bill Bryson: A Walk in the Woods ('12)
Sheila Nickerson: Alaska / Disappearance. A Map. ('12)
Brad Herzog: Turn left at the Trojan Horse ('11)
Erin Hogan: Spiral Jetty - a road trip ('11)
Ursula Vaira: and see what happens ('11)
Christine Rhein: Wild Flight ('10)
Annie Dillard: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek + more ('10)
Michelle Richmond: The Year of Fog ('10)
Toni Morrison - A Mercy ('10)
Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway ('10)
Paul Auster: Man in the Dark ('11)

 

2014 Reads

Germany / World: Poetry Collection: 3000 years of Poetry / Stechäpfel ('14)
US: Sherman Alexie: True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ('14)
Japan: Banana Yoshimoto: The Lake ('14)
Germany: Wilhelm Lehmann: Bukolisches Tagebuch ('14)
UK: Hamish Fulton: Walking Journey ('14 re)
Canada: Alice Munro: Too Much Happiness ('14)
US: Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things ('14)
Germany: Sebastian Stamm: Lescheks Flug ('14)
France/Vietnam: Aliette de Bodard: The Waiting Stars ('14)
France: Marc Lizano & Loic Dauvillie: The Hidden Child ('14):
UK: Craig Taylor: The Days and Nights of London Now ('14)
Spain/Germany: Marike Hempel: Talayot ('14)
US/world: Will Schwalbe: The End of Your Life Book Club ('14)
Spain/US. Rachel Stainer: Road of Reflection ('14)
US: Kurt Vonnegut: Galapagos ('14)
Sweden: Meera Lee Sethi: Mountainfit ('14 re)
US: Alexandra Horowitz: On Looking ('14)
US / World:: Paul Salopok: Out of Eden Walk ('14)
Short stories: Venezuela ('14)
France: Julie Maroh: Blue is a warm color ('14)
Brazil: Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá: Daytripper ('14)
Global short story collection: One World ('14)
Canada/Japan: Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being ('14)
UK: Alan de Botton: How Proust can change your life ('14 re)
UK: Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own ('14)
reading challenge: #readwomen2014
Canada: Alice Munro: Dear Life ('14)
Global collection: In Her Place ('14)
US: David Foster Wallace: Consider the Lobster ('14)
US: James Frey: A Million Little Pieces ('14)
Peru: Kidnapped ('14)
Global collection: What Book!? - Buddha Poems ('14 re)
North Korea: Blaine Harden: Escape from Camp 14 ('14)
UK / World: Robert MacFarlane: The Old Ways + Part2 ('14)
Global collection: Be There Now ('14)
Ukrania : Andrej Kurkow: A Matter of Death And Life ('14)
UK: Alison Moore: The Lighthouse ('14)

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Links

more books... with books notes in German: Zwischen den Zeilen
countries of the world: list of 193 countries
the world in 7 books: mapping our world by continents

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Non-Fiction

Illness/
Sophie Van der Stap: 7 Perücken ('15)
Siddhartha Mukherjee: Emperor of All Maladies ('14)
Christa Wolf: Leibhaftig
Susan Sontag: Illness as Metaphor ('14)
Granta: Medicine ('14)
Yvonne Joy: An Inconvenient Year ('14)

Memory
Harry Lorayne & Jerry Lucas: Memory Book ('13)

Philosophy

HH Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler: The Art of Happiness ('12)
David Kyle Johnson: Heroes and Philosophy ('11)

Society / Psychology
Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart ('14)
Pema Chodron: the wisdom of no escape ('13)
James Surowieck: The Wisdom of Crowds ('11)
Chip & Dan Heath: Switch ('11)
Guy Deutscher: Through the Language Glass ('11)
Benjamin Libet: Mind Time ('11)
Clairssa Pinkola Estés: Women Who Run With the Wolves ('10)

Science
Hoimar v. Ditfurth: Der Geist fiel nicht vom Himmel / The Mind.. ('10)

History
Neil McGregor: A History of the World in 100 Objects ('12) + continued ('13)
Ralf Bönt: Faraday' discovery of light / Die Entdeckung des Lichts ('11)

Anthologies
Poetry: Stechäpfel
Poetry: This Art: Poems about Poems ('13)
Poetry: What Book!? Buddha Poems
('13)
Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration ('11)
The Asian American Literary Review - issue 1 ('10)
bilingual poetry collection: 4poets ('10)

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Science Fiction / Fantasy

Cory Doctorov: Litter Brother ('13)
Classics: Grimm's Fairy Tales ('13)
Doris Lessing: Memoirs of a Survivor / Memoiren einer Überlebenden ('10)
Sci-Fi Collection: Shine ('10)
Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere ('10)
Jason Sanford: Sublimation Angels ('10)
Stephanie Meyer: Eclipse ('10)
Bill Willingham & Shawn McManus: Thessaly ('10)

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Links

more books... with books notes in German: Zwischen den Zeilen
countries of the world: list of 193 countries
the world in 7 books: mapping our world by continents


   
     
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