Countries Challenge

This isn’t really a challenge so much as a record – how many different countries have I read in the past year – (since 5/2015) and can I fill in the blanks where a book is missing?     Just for info I made an X on countries I know I’ve read books from prior years –  –  I’ll add the titles for books I read this year and into the future.  (I might go back and see what’s in my “Prior Reads”  but I insist on having a review for it on this site.)

I use the setting to determine where the book is from – (the author may or may not be from there at all) .   I’ve probably read more than one book from many of these countries –

** Some countries are missing – there are 196 countries in the world  and I’m shy a few dozen. They’re  listed at  http://www.factmonster.com/countries.html )  and I’ll add as needed –

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/crime-fiction-around-the-world-in-80-sleuths-873660.html

The links are to my review –

Afghanistan –   The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari  (C)

Albania X

Algeria X

Angola

Argentina –  The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander   (A)

Australia  The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane  (B)

Austria – The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal  (A)

Azerbaijan

Basque

Belgium – The Expats by Chris Pavone

Bolivia

Bosnia

Botswana –  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (A)

Brazil – Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector  (A)

Bulgaria-

Cameroon

Canada – Sweetland by Michael Crummey (B+)

Cape Verde

Catalan X

Chile

China –  The Incarnations  by Susan Barker  (A)

◦Columbia X

Congo X

Croatia X

Cuba – Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner

Czech X

Denmark  – The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen  (crime)

Dominican Republic – The Feast of the Goat by  Mario Vargas Llosa  (A)

DR Congo X

Egypt  Karnak Cafe by Naguib Mahfouz  (A)

El Salvador

England  Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald  (A-)

Ecuador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Ethiopia X

Finland – New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani  (A)

France  The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard by Anatole France  (B+)

Germany X

Ghana –  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Greece X

Greenland – (Denmark but…)  The North Water by Ian McGuire

Guyana

Haiti  X

Hungary X

Iceland-  Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason  (crime)

India The Strangler Vine  by M.J. Carter  (B)

Iran –   The Rose Hotel: A Memoir of Secrets, Loss and Love by Rahimeh Andalibian  (C)

Iraq  – Black Flags: The Rise of Isis by Joby Warrick

Ireland- Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel by William Trevor (Ireland)  (B+)

Isle of Man – Safe House by Chris Ewan  (Crime)

Israel – In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman (B-)

Italy   The Neapolitan Quartet  (4) by Elena Ferrante  (A)

Ivory Coast X

◦Jamaica –  A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James  (A)

Japan – A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Kenya

Korea X

Kyrgyzstan-  Zero K  by Don DeLillo (A)

Lebanon  An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Lesotho

Libya

Malaysia – Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Martinique

Mauritius X

Mexico –Umami by Laia Jufresa

Montengro

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Netherlands:  The Edge of the World by Michael Pye  (B+)

New Zealand The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  (A)

Nicaragua

Nigeria The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma  (A)

North Korea –  The Real North Korea by Andrei Lankov

Norway – My Struggle – Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard  (A)

Pakistan  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzia  (B-)

Palestine The Blue Mountain by  Meir Shalev (A+)

Papa-New Guinea – Euphoria by Lily King   (A)

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines X

Poland X

Portugal X

Romania

Rwanda –  An Ice Cream War by William Boyd  (B-)

Russia –   Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich (A)

Samoa

Saudi Arabia

Scotland Raven Black by Anne Cleeeves (Crime)

Senegal

Serbia  The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto  (Crime)

Sierra Leone –  The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (?)

Slovenia

Somalia – Maps by Farah Nurruddin  (A)

South Africa – Agaat by Marlene van Nierkerk 

Spain  The Infatuations by Javier Marias  (A)

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Sweden  – My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (C)

Switzerland  –  The Little Hotel by Christina Stead

Syria X

Taiwan

Thailand –  The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan (Crime)

Trinidad/Tobago X

Turkey –  Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon (Crime)

U.S.A.   Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg  (A)

Ukraine X

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam –  Matterhorn by  Karl Marlantes

Wales X

Yemen

◦Zimbabwe  We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo

Also see Biblioglobal for ideas  –
https://biblioglobal.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/books-from-eighty-countries-and-more/