Bookpacking

I was reading an article from the BBC about a woman who, in one year, read 196 books from 196 countries and I decided that I should do something like it. Maybe not in one year, and I might not end up finding books from all the countries of the world, but I can give it a fair shot. Once I finish Dune (for the 20th or so time), I’ll give it a shot. I already have  a few books lined up:

The Blue Fox- Sjón (Iceland)

Master and Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov (Ukraine, a recommendation from a friend of mine from Ukraine)

The Gathering–  Anne Enright (Ireland)

I’m about halfway through Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf, which counts for Switzerland.

Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20130715-reading-the-world-in-365-days

Like Ms Morgan, I read a lot (obviously), but most of it comes from the U.S. and England. Not all of it, of course- The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson is Swedish, German Thomas Mann’s work is beautiful, as it the poetry of his fellow German Rainer Maria Rilke, and I love the books by South American authors Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’ve also read Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler.., Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, and Salman Rushdie’s Fury and The Moor’s Last Sigh are other books I’ve read,  but those are the only “world” authors I’ve really read.  Given how many people in the world write marvelous, beautiful books, I suddenly felt like I was missing other perspectives, so off I go, on an imaginary trip around the world with a bunch of good books and new points of view.

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