Monday, May 20, 2013

Finding books by country: helpful links + resources

How to find books set in particular countries? 
And more so, preferably books that are written by an author who is coming from the country, or who has lived in it for a while? There are so many book lists and blogs out there, yet many are focusing on sales figures or author names or genre. But there are also some lists that focus on the country:

Wikipedia + Goodreads
Both Goodreads and Wikipedia have feature pages that lead to many subpages:

Nobel Prize & Man Asia Prize 
And of course, there is the Nobel Prize in Literature, with countries noted: 
Specifically for noteworthy current Asian literature, the Man Asian Literary Prize offers longlists and shortlists of nominated books, each entry with book descriptions and author bios:

Magazine Issues
There are also some liteary magazines that have issues with a special focus on one country, which probably is a good way to explore various authors and the current atmosphere:

Blogs, websites, lists, links
Reading around the whole world in books and blogging or writing about it - that's where the following links are from:


Searching for a place in an e-reader
If you have an e-reader, it might be interesting to run a search there: e-book readers can neatly look for a word in all e-books they have in their files, and create a neat sorted list with bookmarks.


More links
If you know an interesting world-book-link, feel free to add it in the comments.


Global Reading & The Danger of a Single Story
This post belongs to the global reading challenge "7 Continents, 7 Billion People, 7 Books". In addition to the links, a video clip:  reflections by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie on single points of views and the prejudices they invite, and on world literature:



TP said...

That TED talk had my mouth wide open. I grew up in Jamaica - and looking back, my experiences with books were very similar to hers for a lot of my pre-teen years.

And thanks for those links. I have quite a few saved.

Tanya Patrice

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