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Reading Your Way Around The World

From Publishing Perspectives

Reading Your Way Around The World

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“Blogger Ann Morgan read 197 books—one from each UN recognized nation plus Taiwan—and her work has now been compiled into a new book to be published in May.”

The book is The World Between Two Covers ~ Reading The Globe.

The U.K. edition is Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer and will be released in February…

Here’s a bit of the book’s blurb:

“Following an impulse to read more internationally, journalist Ann Morgan undertook first to define ‘the world’ and then to find a story from each of 196 nations. Tireless in her quest and assisted by generous, far-flung strangers, Morgan discovered not only a treasury of world literature but also the keys to unlock it.”

And, you can access a list of the books (which she’s still adding to) on her blog—A Year of Reading The World.

From an interview with Ann Morgan on Publishing Perspectives:

“Getting works in English from every country was a big challenge, as was finding the time to read and blog about four books a week. Luckily, the world’s book lovers were very generous with helping me research and find the titles I needed. A group of volunteer translators even translated a collection of short stories…”

“Can you believe, for example, that not a single novel from Madagascar is available in English? The country has well over 22 million people and yet people who speak only English can’t read any of its stories.”

“I think the most powerful thing about the experience as how it made the world real to me. Over the year, the list of countries that had felt rather distant and mysterious at the start of the year became vivid and characterful. I also made so many connections with readers and writers all over the world and was amazed at the generosity of the many people I’ve never met, who got behind the project, and the enthusiasm that people showed for the idea. It was a lesson that even in our conflict-riven world, people can come together across cultural boundaries and stories can play a big part in that.”

High Praise to Ann Morgan! :-)

Here are her 10 favorite reads from around the world:

  • Albania – Ismail Kadare Broken April
  • Canada – Nicole Brossard Mauve Desert
  • Czech Republic – Bohumil Hrabal Too Loud a Solitude
  • Mongolia – Galsan Tschinag The Blue Sky
  • Myanmar – Nu Nu Yi Smile as they Bow
  • Pakistan – Jamil Ahmad The Wandering Falcon
  • Serbia – Srdjan Valjarevic Lake Como (limited availability)
  • Sierra Leone – Ismael Beah A Long Way Gone
  • Tajikistan – Andrei Volos Hurramabad
  • Togo – Tete-Michel Kpomassie An African in Greenland

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6 responses to “Reading Your Way Around The World

  1. milliethom January 7, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    What an amazing achievement on Ann Morgan’s behalf. I really admire her determination and dedication. Her discovery that people can cross cultural boundaries through stories is an encouraging thought. Thank you for the link to her blog.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai January 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I thought you, especially, Millie, would appreciate this Feat…

    I’m now following her blog…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. milliethom January 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I intend to follow her as well. I’ve just had a quick look and the blog has a lot to offer Thanks again. (I’ll catch up with your last couple of posts tomorrow. I’ve hardly had time to be on my blog today.) Keep well.


  4. Alexander M Zoltai January 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Yes, Millie, she certainly does have a lot of resources…

    You keep well, too.

    Liked by 1 person

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