Literature map of the world


One of the things that make books so powerful is that they can let you sample other cultures and experiences you’ll never get to have in your own life.

With that in mind, do you want to expand your reading world a bit?

Well, here is an utterly brilliant literature map of the world

Courtesy: Backforward24

The Americas


S.No Country Name Book Name Author Genre Language Translated into English
1 Canada Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery Novel English
2 U.S.A To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lee Novel English
3 Mexico Pedro Paramo Juan Rulfo Novel Spanish Margaret Sayers Peden
4 Guatemala Men of Maize Miguel Ángel Asturias Novel Spanish
5 Belize Beka Lamb Zee Edgell Historical novel English
6 Honduras Cipotes Ramón Amaya Amador Novel Spanish
7 El Salvador Bitter Grounds Sandra Benitez Novel English
8 Nicaragua The Country Under my Skin Gioconda Belli Memoir English
9 Costa Rica La Isla de los hombres solos Jose Leon Sanchez Novel Spanish
10 Panama Plenilunio Antonio Muñoz Molina Fiction Spanish
11 Colombia 100 Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez Novel Spanish Gregory Rabassa
12 Venezuela Dona Barbara Rómulo Gallegos Novel Spanish
13 Guyana Palace of the Peacock Wilson Harris Novel English
14 Suriname The Price of Sugar Cynthia McLeod Novel Spanish Gerald R Mettam
15 French Guiana Papillon Henri Charrière Autobiographical novel French Patrick O’Brian
16 Ecuador The Villager Professor Jorge Icaza Ph.D. Novel Spanish Bernard Dulsey
17 Brazil Dom Casmurro Machado de Assis Novel realism Portuguese Helen Caldwell
18 Peru Death in the Andes Mario Vargas Llosa Novel Spanish Edith Grossman
19 Bolivia I Am a Taxi Deborah Ellis Juvenile Fiction English
20 Paraguay I the Supreme Augusto Roa Bastos Historical novel Spanish Helen Lane
21 Argentina Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges Short Stories Spanish Emece Editories
22 Chile The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende Autobiographical novel Spanish Magda Bogin
23 Uruguay Soccer in the Sun and Shadow Eduardo Galeano Sports & Recreation English
24 Cuba Havana Bay Martin Cruz Smith Crime novel English
25 Haiti Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat Realistic Fiction English
26 Dominican Republic The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz Novel English
27 Bahamas The Measure of a Man Sidney Poitier Autobiography English
28 Jamaica A brief history of Seven Killings Marlon James Fiction English
29 Puerto Rico When I was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago Autobiography English
30 Lesser Antilles Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys Postmodern novel English
31 Greenland Islands, the Universe, Home Gretel Ehrlich Non fiction English


Europe


S.No Country Name Book Name Author Genre Language Translated into English
1 Norway Hunger Knut Hamsun Psychological novel Norwegian George Egerton, Robert Bly, Sverre Lyngstad
2 Iceland Jar City Arnaldur Indriðason Mystery novel Icelandic Bernard Scudder
3 Sweden Gosta Berling’s Saga Selma Lagerlöf Speculative fiction Swedish LILLIE TUDEER
4 Finland The Unknown Soldier Väinö Linna War novel Finnish Collins (UK), Putnam (US)
5 Denmark Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow Peter Høeg Mystery novel Danish Tiina Nunnally
6 Latvia Nāves ēnā Rūdolfs Blaumanis Novel Latvian
7 Estonia Truth and Justice Anton Hansen Tammsaare Novel Estonian
8 Lithuania White Field, Black Sheep Daiva Markelis Memoir English
9 Belarus Voices from Chernobyl Svetlana Alexievich Non-fiction Russian Keith Gessen
10 Ukraine Death and the Penguin Andrey Kurkov Satire, Surrealism Russian George Bird
11 Moldova A Siberian Education Nicolai Lilin Memoir Russian Jonathan Hunt
12 Romania Forest of the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu Novel Romanian A.V. Wise
13 Bulgaria Under the Yoke Ivan Minchov Vazov Novel English
14 Poland Pan Tadeusz Adam Mickiewicz Epic poetry Polish
15 Germany Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann Family saga German John E. Woods
16 Netherlands The Discovery of Heaven Harry Mulisch Novel Dutch Paul Vincent
17 Belgium The Sorrow of Belgium Hugo Claus Novel Dutch Arnold J. Pomerans
18 Luxembourg In Reality: Selected Poems Jean Portante Selected Poems English
19 United Kingdom Great Expectations Charles Dickens Novel English
20 Ireland Ulysses James Joyce Novel English
21 Czechia The Good Soldier Jaroslav Hašek Satire, black comedy Czech Paul Selver, Cecil Parrott, Zenny Sadlon
22 Slovakia Rivers of Babylon Peter Pišťanek Thriller novel Czech Peter Petro
23 France The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas Historical novel French Robin Buss
24 Spain Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Novel Spanish John Ormsby
25 Portugal Baltasar and Blimunda José Saramago Novel Portuguese Giovanni Pontiero
26 Austria The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil Novel German Burton Pike
27 Switzerland Heidi Johanna Spyri Children’s fiction German Deidre S. Laiken
28 Italy The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri Narrative Poem Italian Allen Mandelbaum
29 Slovenia Alamut Vladimir Bartol Novel Slovene Michael Biggins
30 Croatia Cafe Europa Slavenka Drakulić Essays English
31 Hungary Eclipse of the Crescent Moon Géza Gárdonyi Historical novel Hungarian George F. Cushing
32 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlata’s diary Zlata Filipović Diary Bosnian Christina Pribićević-Zorić
33 Serbia Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavić Novel Serbian Christina Pribicevic-Zoric
34 Montenegro Montenegro: A Novel Starling Lawrence Fiction English
35 Albania The General of the Dead Army Ismail Kadare Historical novel Albanian Derek Coltman
36 Macedonia Freud’s Sister Goce Smilevski Fiction Macedonian Christina E. Kramer
37 Greece The Iliad Homer Epic poem Ancient Greek A. S. Kline
38 Russia War and Peace Leo Tolstoy Novel Russian Nathan Haskell Dole


Aisa


S.No Country Name Book Name Author Genre Language Translated into English
1 Turkey My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk Historical Fiction Turkish Erdağ M. Göknar
2 Georgia Knight in the Panther’s Skin Shota Rustaveli Epic Poetry Georgian
3 Armenia The Fool Raffi Novel Armenian Jane S. Wingate (Boston, 1950) and Donald Abcarian (Princeton, 2000)
4 Azerbaijan Blue Angels Chingiz Abdullayev Detective fiction Azerbaijani, Russian
5 Iran Shahnameh Abolqasem Ferdowsi Epic Poem Persian GEORGE WARNER and EDMOND WARNER
6 Iraq The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq Hassan Blasim Short Story Collection Arabic Jonathan Wright
7 Syria The Dark Side of love Rafik Schami Novel Arabic Anthea Bell
8 Lebanon The Hakawati Rabih Alameddine Novel English
9 Israel Mornings in Jenin Susan Abulhawa Novel English
10 Kuwait A Map of Home Randa Jarrar Novel English
11 UAE The Sand Fish Maha Gargash Novel English
12 Saudi Arabia Cities of Salt Abdel Rahman Munif Novel Arabic Peter Theroux
13 Qatar The Emergence of Qatar Habibur Rahman History Non Fiction English
14 Bahrain Chronicles of Majnun Layla and Selected Poems Qassim Haddad Poetry Arabic Ferial Ghazoul
15 Yemen The Hostage Zayd Mutee’ Dammaj Novel Arabic Christopher Tingley, May Jayyusi
16 Oman The Turtle of Oman Naomi Shihab Nye Juvenile Fiction English
17 Kazakhstan The Book of Words Abay Qunanbayuli Collection of Poems Kazakh
18 Turkmenistan The Tale of Aypi Ak Welsapar Fiction English
19 Uzbekistan Chasing the Sea Tom Bissell History English
20 Kyrgyzstan Jamilia Chingiz Aytmatov Novel Russian Fainna Glagoleva
21 Tajikistan Hurramabad Andreĭ Volos Fiction Russian A. L. Tait
22 Afghanistan Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Historical fiction English
23 Pakistan The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid Novel English
24 Nepal The Palpasa Cafe Narayan Wagle Novel Nepali Bikash Sangraulaa
25 India The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy Novel English
26 Bhutan The Circle of Karma Kunzang Choden Fiction English
27 Balochistan The Baloch Cultural Heritage Jan Muhammad Dashti Non-fiction English
28 Bangladesh A Golden Age Tahmima Anam Historical novel English
29 Myanmar Smile as they Bow Nu Nu Yi Fiction Burmese Alfred Birnbaum
30 Laos In the Other Side of the Eye Bryan Thao Worra Poetry English
31 Thailand The Four Reigns Kukrit Pramoj Novel Thai Tulachandra
32 Vietnam The Sorrows of War Bao Ninh Novel Vietnamese Frank Palmos
33 Cambodia First they Killed my Father Loung Ung Memoir English
34 Taiwan Green Island Shawna Yang Ryan Novel English
35 Sri Lanka Anil’s Ghost Michael Ondaatje Historical Fiction English
36 Mongolia The Blue Sky Galsan Tschinag Novel Mongolian Katharina Rout
37 Korea The Aquariums of Pyongyang Kang Chol-hwan, Pierre Rigoulot Memoir Korean Yair Reiner
38 South Korea The Vegetarian Han Kang Contemporary fiction Korean Deborah Smith
39 Japan Kokoro Natsume Sōseki Novel Japanese
40 China The Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin Novel Chinese David Hawkes and John Minford
41 Malaysia The Garden of Evening Mists Tan Twan Eng Novel English
42 Brunei Some Girls Jillian Lauren Memoir English
43 Indonesia This Earth of Mankind Pramoedya Ananta Toer Historical novel Indonesian Maxwell Lane
44 Philippines Noli Me Tangere José Rizal Historical novel Spanish Charles E. Derbyshire
45 East Timor The Redundancy of Courage Timothy Mo Novel English


Australiz, New Zealand


S.No Country Name Book Name Author Genre Language Translated into English
1 Australia Cloudstreet Tim Winton Novel English
2 Papua New Guinea Death of a Muruk Bernard Narokobi Drama English
3 Vanuatu Black Stone Grace Mera Molisa Vanuatuan poetry English
4 Solomon Islands Suremada Rexford T Orotaloa Short Stories English
5 Fiji Tales of the Tikongs Epeli Hau’ofa Fiction English
6 New Zealand The bone People Keri Hulme Mystery novel English


Africas


S.No Country Name Book Name Author Genre Language Translated into English
1 Libya In the Country of Men Hisham Matar Novel English
2 Algeria The Stranger Albert Camus Philosophical novel French Stuart Gilbert
3 Chad The Roots of Heaven Romain Gary Novel French Jonathan Griffin
4 South Africa Disgrace J. M. Coetzee Novel English
5 Namibia Born of the Sun: A Namibian Novel Joseph Diescho, Celeste Wallin Novel English
6 DR Congo The Antipeople Sony Labou Tansi Novel French
7 Mauritania Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery Samuel Cotton Social Sciences English
8 Morocco The Sand Child Tahar Ben Jelloun Novel French Alan Sheridan
9 Mali Sundiata: Lion King of Mali David Wisniewski Juvenile Fiction English
10 Burkina Faso The Parachute Drop Norbert Zongo Novel French Christopher Wise
11 Guinea The Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African Boy Camara Laye Memoir Portuguese James Kirkup
12 Senegal So Long a Letter Mariama Bâ Novel French Modupé Bodé-Thomas.
13 Sierra Leone A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah Memoir English
14 Côte d’Ivoire Aya de Yopougon Marguerite Abouet Graphic Novel French Helge Dascher
15 Ghana Ghana Must Go Taiye Selasi Novel English
16 Nigeria Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Historical fiction English
17 Niger Sarraounia Abdoulaye Mamani Fiction French
18 Cameroon The Old Man and the Medal Ferdinand Oyono. Novel French John Reed
19 Gabon The Fury and Cries of Women Angèle Rawiri. Novel French Sara Hanaburgh
20 Equatorial Guinea The Wonga Coup Adam Roberts Non-fiction English
21 Republic of the Congo Broken Glass Alain Mabanckou Novel French Helen Stevenson
22 Central African Republic Batouala Rene Maran Novel French Barbara Beck
23 Kenya Petals of Blood Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Novel Gikuyu Chinua Achebe
24 Sudan Lyrics Alley Leila Aboulela Novel English
25 Egypt Palace Walk Naguib Mahfouz Novel Arabic William M. Hutchins, Olive E. Kenny
26 Ethiopia Beneath the Lion’s Gaze Maaza Mengiste Novel English
27 Eritrea I Didn’t Do It for You Michela Wrong Non-fiction English
28 Zambia Scribbling the Cat Alexandra Fuller Non-fiction English
29 Zimbabwe The House of Hunger Dambudzo Marechera Short Story Collection English
30 Guinea-Bissau Unity and Struggle Amilcar Cabral Selected Speeches English
31 Angola A Gloriosa Família Pepetela Novel Portuguese
32 Botswana The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith Novel English
33 Madagascar Translations from the Night Jean Joseph Rabearivelo Selected Poems French Robert Ziller
34 Lesotho Chaka Thomas Mofolo Novel Sotho F. H. Dutton
35 Malawi The Lower River Paul Theroux Novel English
36 Mozambique Ter ra Sonambula Mia Couto Historical fiction Portuguese David Brookshaw
37 Tanzania Desertion Abdulrazak Gurnah Fiction English
38 Uganda Abyssinian Chronicles: A Novel Moses Isegawa Novel English
39 South Sudan They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak, Judy A. Bernstein Autobiographical story English
40 Somalia The Orchard of Lost Souls Nadifa Mohamed Historical Fiction English
41 Tunisia The pillar of salt Albert Memmi Novel English
42 Rwanda Left to Tell Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin Memoir English

 

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