Orbis Terrarum Challenge

I’m adding on another challenge for the year because it has an awesome name: Orbis Terrarum. The idea behind this one is to read ten books by ten authors from ten different countries. I have a few of these foreign books on my reading list already, so why not use this as an excuse to read them, right? 🙂

Ideas:
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Australia)
Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones (New Zealand)
The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain)
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
The Story of the Cannibal Woman, by Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco (Italy)
One More Year, by Sana Krasikov (Ukraine)
Let Me In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Sweden)
The Fourth Bear, by Jasper Fforde (Wales)

If you have suggestions, send them my way! I’m trying to stay away from American authors because I certainly read enough of those, but other than that I’m pretty much open to anything.

Books read:
1. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Australia). (Review)
2. Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black (Ireland). (Review)
3. The Fourth Bear, by Jasper Fforde (Wales). (Review)
4. La Bête Humaine, by Émile Zola (France). (Review)
5. The Book of Murder, by Guillermo Martínez (Argentina). (Review)
6. Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat?, by Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe). (Review)
7. Woman With Birthmark, by Håkan Nesser (Sweden). (Review)
8. The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain). (Review)
9. The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa (Japan). (Review)
10. The Case of the Missing Books, by Ian Sansom (Northern Ireland). (Review)

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3 thoughts on “Orbis Terrarum Challenge

  1. Mary says:

    Milan Kundera is Czech, so you could read The Unbearable Lightness of Being.You don’t have a true Brit. . .so anything by Nick Hornbry could work. . .Bernhard Schlink (the author of The Reader) and that Perfume book are both German.Anything Zola = yummy Frenchness.READ CELANIRE!–And I think we talked about the book Kamouraska by Anne Hebert at some point. She’s Canadian.‘Tis all.

  2. Alison says:

    I knew I could count on you for some awesome suggestions. Have you read <>Cannibal Woman<>? Should I read <>Celanire<> first? Also, Zola’s certainly written a lot… what do you recommend?

  3. Mary says:

    I don’t know anything about Cannibal Woman, but I think her novels are all along similar lines. . .I just really like Celanire 😛 It also occurs to me that you could read From Sleep Unbound by Andree Chedid, who is Egyptian, but I don’t know if that would be exactly your bag of tricks. . .and that would be the third book I’ve recommended about a woman criminal. Zola … yeah, has definitely written a lot. It depends on what you want because everything he writes ties back to a couple of major concepts.–Therese Raquin is great (annnnd the fourth thing I’ve recommended about women criminals, awesome …), and it’s not part of his big Rougon-Macquart series so it kind of stands alone. –If you want to read about an artist (I haven’t read this one…), you could read L’Oeuvre (I think it’s The Masterpiece in English…), which is loosely based on the life of Zola’s friend Paul Cezanne. –Nana is HUUUUUUUGE in the sense of master work of 19th century French literature, and it’s probably THE Zola to read. You know, woo prostitutes and whatnot.–I just googled him and it said that Germinal is his masterpiece, but I don’t know much about it other than how it’s related to the other books I’ve mentioned here.–However, I think you might enjoy La Bete Humaine (I think the English is “The Beast Within” or something thereabouts…). It’s more like a mystery novel…it’s about murder and intrigue and such.

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