Countries to Books
Published on Friday, February 14, 2014 - 5:14pm
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!
Sierra 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!