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A year of reading the world

This is a record of all the valid book recommendations I received before, during and in the year after after my 2012 quest. I chose one book for each nation for the project. These are underlined and you can click the titles or country names to read my thoughts on each choice. I continue to update the list by choosing one new title a month as my Book of the Month. Links to these reviews are highlighted in orange. If you have a recommendation (or you know about an English version of one of the books marked ‘translation sought’), please leave a comment at the bottom.

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Culture - Reading the world in 196 books I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and the odd Australian and South African book, my literature collection consisted of British and American titles. Worse still, I hardly ever tackled anything in translation. A year of reading the world In 2012, the world came to London for the Olympics and I went out to meet it. I read my way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries – plus one extra territory chosen by blog visitors – sampling one book from every nation. I read a story from Swaziland, a novel from Nicaragua, a book from Brunei, a… well, you get the picture. It wasn’t easy — according to the Society of Authors, only 3 per cent of the books published in the UK each year are translations. There are plenty of languages that have next to nothing translated into English.

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