Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

Around The World In 80 Countries

Ongoing challenge with no time limit.
Book settings from 80 different countries.
Bold indicates books read / countries visited.


create your own visited countries map

Afghanistan
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Albania
The Three-Arched Bridge – Ismail Kadare
 

Algeria
The Magician’s Wife – Brian Moore

Argentina
Borges
The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene

Antarctica
The White Darkness – Geraldine McCaughrean

Australia
The Secret River – Kate Greville
Eyrie – Tim Winton

Austria
Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig

Belgium
Niccolo Rising – Dorothy Dunnett

Belize
Belize – Carlos Ledson Miller

Bolivia
CrossFire – Jeanette Windle
Biting Silence – Arturo Von Vacono

Borneo
Kalimantaan – C. S. Godshalk

Bosnia
The People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

Botswana
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith

Brazil
The Silence of the Rain – Luiz Alfredo Garcia Roza

Burma (Myanmar)
The Lizard Cage – Karen Connelly

Cambodia
Finding Moon – Tony Hillerman

Cameroon
The Dark Heart of the Night – Léonora Miano

Canada
The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields

Chile
Clandestine In Chile – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

China
The Painted Veil – Somerset Maugham
Sea of Ink – Richard Weihe

Columbia
Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
News of A Kidnapping – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Delirium – Laura Restrepo

Congo
Brazzaville Beach – William Boyd
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Costa Rica
Assault on Paradise – Tatiana Lobo

Cuba
Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

Czech Republic
Judge on Trial – Ivan Klima
The Visible World – Mark Slouka

Denmark
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
The Murder of Halland – Pia Juul

Dominican Republic
? by Julia Alvarez

Egypt
The Map of Love

El Salvador
A Book of Common Prayer – Didion, Joan

England
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Small Island – Andrea Levy
Black Swan Green – David Mitchell

Estonia
Treading Air – Jaan Kross
Brecht at Night – Mati Unt

Finland
The True Deceiver – Tove Jansson
The Brothers – Asko Sahlberg

France
Life Class – Pat Barker
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
The Chalk Circle Man / Have Mercy On Us All / Seeking Whom He May Devour / Wash This Blood Clean From My Hands / The Three Evangelists / This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas

Germany
The End of Days -Jenny Erpenbeck
Visitation – Jenny Erpenbeck
The Tin Drum – Guenther Grass
Settlement – Christoph Hein
Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
Stasiland – Anna Funder

Greece
The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood
Stone Virgin – Barry Unsworth

Haiti
Alphabet of the Night – Jean Euphele Milce
The Comedians – Graham Greene

Hungary
Embers – Sandor Marai

Iceland
Jar City / Silence of the Grave / Voices / The Draining Lake / Arctic Chill / Hypothermia – Arnaldur Indridason
Burial Rights – Hannah Kent
Heaven and Hell – Jon Kalman Stefansson

India
Pather Panchali – Bibhutibhushan Banerji
Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

Indonesia
The Hidden Force – Louis Couperus

Iran
The House of the Mosque – Kader Abdolah

Iraq
Naphtalene – Alia Mamdouh

Ireland
The Dubliners – James Joyce
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne – Brian Moore

Israel
When I Lived In Modern Times / The People On The Street – Linda Grant
The Little Drummer Girl – John Le Carre

Italy
I’m Not Scared / Steal You Away / The Crossroads – Niccolo Ammaniti
The Zen Series – Michael Dibdin

Jamaica
Wide Sargasso Sea by – Jean Rhys
Joseph Knight – James Robertson

Japan
Revenge – Yoko Ogawa
An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful – David J Simon

Jordan
Staircase of a Thousand Steps – Masha Hamilton
West of the Jordan – Laila Halaby

Kazakhstan
The Dead Lake – Hamid Ismailov

Kenya
Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen

Latvia
The Dogs of Riga – Henning Mankell

Lebanon
Gate of the Sun – Elias Khoury

Libya
Under The Tripoli Sky – Kamal Ben Hameda

Lithuania
The Last Girl – Stephan Collishaw

Malaysia
The Gift of Rain – Tan Twan Eng
The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng

Mexico
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
Down The Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Vilabollos

Moldova
The Good Life Elsewhere – Vladimir Lorchenkov

Morocco
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
The Last Resort – Carmen Posadas

Netherlands
The Dark Room of Damocles – W F Hermans
The Dinner – Hermann Koch

New Zealand
<The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Nigeria
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Norway
The Fourth Man – K O Dahl
The Redbreast / The Devil’s Star / Nemesis / The Redeemer / The Snowman / The Leopard – Jo Nesbo
Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson

Oman
Sandstorm by James Rollins

Papua New Guinea
Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

Peru
Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Phillipines
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

Poland
Killing the Second Dog – Marek Haslo

Portugal
Pereira Maintains – Antonio Tabucchi

Russia
The Siege – Helen Dunmore
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Samoa
Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

Scotland
This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway
44 Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
Laidlaw – William McIlvanney

Senegal
So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

Sierra Leone
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

South Africa
Disgrace – JM Coetzee
Gem Squash Tokoloshe – Rachel Zadok

South Korea
No One Writes Back – Jamg Eun-Jin

Spain
The Spanish Game – Charles Cumming
A Gentle,an in Madrid – Eduardo Mendoza
A Not So Perfect Crime – Teresa Solana
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Sudan
The Translator – Leila Aboulela
Season of Migration to the North – Tayeb Salih

Sweden
The Wallander Series – Henning Mankell (100 % complete Dec 2010)

Switzerland
The Alp – Arno Camenisch
Fly Away, Pigeon – Melinda Nadj Abonji

Thailand
Sightseeing – Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Trinidad & Tobago
? by Naipaul

Turkey
Birds without Wings – Louis De Bernieres
The Towers of Trebizond – Rose MaCaulay
My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk

Tunisia
The Tremor of Forgery – Patricia Highsmith

Ukraine
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Marina Lewcyka

Uruguay
The Tree of Red Stars – Tessa Bridal

USA
The Keepers of Truth / The Resurrections / Lost Souls – Michael Collins
Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
Property – Valerie Martin
Gone with The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Uzbekistan
Murder In Samarakand – Craig Murray
Mission to Taskent – F M Bailey

Venezuela
Measuring the World – Daniel Kehlmann
In Trouble Again – Redmond O’Hanlon

Vietnam
The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Wales
The Welsh Girl – Peter Ho Davies
Resistance – Owen Sheers

Yugoslavia
A Castle in Romagna – Igor Stiks

Zimbabwe
Zenzele – J. Nozipo Maraire
Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga

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10 thoughts on “Around The World In 80 Countries

  1. Lizzy, I don’t mind stealing–I encourage it! That’s what is so wonderful about the book blogging community. I’ve stolen/used so many ideas from other people myself. I think it’s fun that we can be a resource to each other!

  2. Hey, saw your post over on LibraryThing. I hear you’re looking for suggestions, and I see you haven’t visited my favourite literary country yet: Sri Lanka. Here are some books I’ve enjoyed:

    Anil’s Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje
    Mosquito, by Roma Tearne
    (loved both of those)

    Reef, by Romesh Gunesekera (others over at LT didn’t like this one as much as I did . . . it’s what I call a “quiet novel.” Not for everyone)
    Cinnamon Gardens, by Shyam Selvadurai
    Running in the Family, by Michael Ondaatje

    and one I haven’t read yet:

    Funny Boy, by Shyam Selvadurai

    Hope you enjoy your trip to Sri Lanka as much as I enjoy all of mine.

  3. Dear Lizzy, thank you for the blog, I cannot stop reading it (at work)–I have just bought W F Hermans, after reading your review of Damocles.

    I have a suggestion for the ‘Around the World’ challenge. I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and my favourite writer was Mesa Selimovic. He should have won the Nobel Prize for Literature (instead of the guy who wrote ‘The Bridge on Drina’), I always thought, for ‘Death and the Dervis’ (good translation by Bogdan Rakic), available from Amazon. It won’t disappoint you, my whole generation loved the book (I was born in 1970).
    (http://www.amazon.com/Death-Dervish-Writings-Unbound-Europe/dp/0810112973)
    Kindest regards,
    Veronika Farley, Australia

    1. Welcome, Veronika.

      Thanks for the tip – I’ll certainly chase it up.

      Do enjoy “Damocles” – Now you’ve mentioned it, I feel like a reread.

  4. For the Dominican Republic you should read In the Time of the Butterflies. It is a beautiful story based on real women who were murdered by the dictator Trujillo. A very important historical moment in DR. Don’t let the awful film with Marc Anthony and Penelope Cruz deter you, if that’s the only impression you have. It’s a very moving story and there are videos of interviews with the last surviving sister on YouTube if you are so inclined to research before or after you read. Hope you enjoy!

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