An International Booklist

An International Booklist


I have always tried to branch out beyond my world. I had an idea for an international booklist that could help myself and others find writers whose experiences and worlds are completely different from my own. This is my international booklist…if anyone has suggestions for add-ons, I’d love to hear from you!


An International Booklist


Afghanistan: The Kite Runner, Khaled Housseini

Argentina: Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones

Austria: Frederic Morton, Thunder at Twilight; Norman Stone, Europe Transformed; Stefan Zweig, Chess Story

Australia: Markus Zusak, The Book Thief; John Marsden, Tomorrow, When the War Began;Tim Winton, Cloudstreet

Belgium: Hugo Claus, The Sorrow of Belgium; Amélie Nothomb, Hygiene and the Assassin; Georges Simenon, Pietr the Latvian

Brazil: The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho; Brandão and Ellen Watson, Zero

Canada: The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

Chile: The House of Spirits, Isabel Allende

China: Three Hundred Tang Poems (tr Geoffrey Waters, et. al)

Columbia: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Garbiel Garcia Marquez

Cuba: John Sturrock, Explosians in a Cathedral; Cirilo Villaverde, Cecilia Valdés or

Dominican Republic: Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Egypt: Yusuf Idris, The Cheapest Nights; Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis

England: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Marguerite Duras, The Lover

France: Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo; Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Germany: Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game; Cornelia Funke, Inkheart; Jacob Grimm, The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Greece: Sappho; Barry Unsworth, Pascali’s Island; Louis de Berniéres, Corelli’s Mandolin

Iceland: Halldór Laxness, Independent People; Svava Jakobsdóttir, Gunnlöth’s Tale

India: the God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Iran: Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl; Shahriar Mandanipour, Shadows of the Cave, Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Ireland: C. S. Lewis, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Italy: Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Jamaica: Sylvia Wynter, The Hills of Hebron; Margaret Cezair-Thompson, The True History of Paradise, the Pirate’s Daughter; Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Japan: Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Lebanon: Amin Maalouf, Gardens of Light; Alexandre Najjar, the School of War

Mexico: The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

Nigeria: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Norway: Knut Hamsun, Hunger; Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace

Pakistan: I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

Peru: Mario Vargas Llosa, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Poland: Stanislaw Lem, Solaris

Portugal: José Saramago, Blindness; Lidia Jorge, The Day of the Prodigies

Russia: Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment; Vladimir Sorokin, Ice Trilogy

South Africa: Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela; Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One; J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace, Waiting for the Barbarians

Spain: Don Quixote, Cervantes; Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Sweden: Kerstin Ekman, Blackwater; Tomas Tranströmer, New Collected Poems; Bodil Malmsten, The Price of Water in Finistère

Switzerland: Johanna Spyri, Heidi

Turkey: Ohran Pamuk, My Name is Red; Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, The Time Regulation Institute

United States: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women; John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath


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About Darlene Reilley

Hey, I'm Darlene, a nomadic writer and teacher. If you're looking for writing prompts, inspiration, and a fellow writer to commiserate with, you've come to the right place. If you're a reader looking for a fun mix of poetry, romance, science and fiction, you've found a buddy!
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