World Literature

I saw a Booking Through Thursday post on Matt’s blog that made me want to put my own list together as well. I am terrible about keeping up with memes, but again, this one I had to participate in because I love literature from other countries. Like Matt, I also tried to choose books in translation. I may not read a lot of books in translations but I’m always working on that.

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Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any? I have a lot but here are some of my favorites:

  • Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia)
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (Norway)
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (México)
  • Perfume by Patrick Süskind (Germay)
  • Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura (Japan)
  • The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig (Austria)
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain)
  • House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Chile)
  • A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot (France)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Sweden)

I sort of cheated on the Laura Esquivel book as I am from México but I as I live in the U.S. I figured I could sneak that one on the list.

What are some of your favorites?

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