Around the World Part 2: More Book Recommendations [Infographic]
We were so excited about the reader response on our first Around the World book infographic. We received many great suggestions and a lot of well-considered feedback, and we would like to first say a big “THANKS!” to our readers. You’re teaching us about new books and authors every day.
We incorporated reader feedback along with our personal author favorites for our next list of recommended books set around the world. Again, this is not a “best of” list; we just want to give some suggestions for books set in interesting places.
So join us as we travel the globe with these 30 works of literature set around the world.
For those viewing on mobile, you can find the text contents of the infographic below along with links to purchase the book through Amazon.
Books Taking Place in Africa
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba (Former Rhodesia)
- The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessig (Former Rhodesia)
- The Children of Gebelawi by Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)
- Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey (Ghana)
- The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Sayinka (Nigeria)
Books Taking Place in Asia
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (Former USSR)
- Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang (China)
- The Lover by Maguerite Duras (Former Indochina)
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang (South Korea)
- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (India)
Books Taking Place in Australia
- The Potato Factory by Bruce Courtenay (Tasmania)
- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Fictional town in the Outback)
- The Harp in the South by Ruth Park (Sydney)
- Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (Sydney)
- Cloudstreet by Tim Winton (Perth)
Books Taking Place in Europe
- They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy (Transylvania (Hungary))
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Spain)
- Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar (France)
- The Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun (Norway)
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith (UK)
Books Taking Place in North America
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic)
- The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (USA)
- Runaway by Alice Munro (Canada)
- The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz (Mexico)
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (USA)
Books Taking Place in South America
- The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts by Louis de Bernieres (Unspecified country (presumed Colombia))
- The South by Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina)
- Poem of Chile by Gabriela Mistral (Chile)
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Peru)
- The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux (From Mexico to Argentina)
We know we’ve missed many excellent authors and settings. Who and what would you recommend for a book tour around the world? Let us know! We always want to learn more about the literary world.
And if you missed the first Around the World book infographic, check it out on the Books on the Wall blog or over at Electric Literature.
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