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Initial post: 3 Nov 2011, 20:46:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2011, 20:49:48 GMT
monica says:
. . . . and final destination.

The World Tour stops so far have been: Spain; Germany: Italy; Scandinavia; India; Russia; Switzerland; the Caribbean; France; eastern Europe; Latin America; Middle East; and Japan/China/Korea, though there's been wriggle-room: Germany includes other German-speaking countries, for example. (You can find those thread by using search box rt-hand side of this page.)

I'm looking for suggestions for books from countries not yet mentioned: Do you know of a neglected masterpiece from the Philippines, a great lark of a book from Borneo, or a book that you really really like from Namibia?

I'll start with Africa: Nagub Mahfouz, Adrift on the Nile, e. g. (Egypt)
The Scorpion, Albert Memmi (Tunisia, as I remember).

Netherlands: Marcellus Emants, A Posthumous Confession. Louis Couperus, Ecstasy, e.g. These two writers might, I'm guessing rather wildly, be universally known and studied in school in N'lands; a few modern books that while well-written are more accessible and are good reading are The Wild Numbers by Schogt, The Vanishing by Krabbe, and Beyond Sleep by Hermans.

Iran: (Or is this Middle East?) The Prince, by Golshiri.

Albania: (Or is this Eastern Europe?) Broken April, e.g., by Kadare.

Greece: Rien ne va Plus, Karapanou. Less literary but good are Stolen Time, Hatziyannidas and Little Infamies, Karnezis.

All suggestions welcome, including those for good books translated from Esperanto. . . .

Posted on 4 Nov 2011, 08:02:07 GMT
Garscadden says:
How about Ireland? The Third Policeman Flann O'Brien

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2011, 19:12:07 GMT
monica says:
Too simple, Garsky. Let's see you come up with a novel translated from Irish (or Gaelic or Welsh). If we let in one originally written in English, we'll have to allow British & American novels which would thrust me deep into cavern of despair.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2011, 20:24:24 GMT
Garscadden says:
Hmm, how about The Secret Room by Marion Eames?

Posted on 6 Nov 2011, 20:22:04 GMT
monica says:
Have never heard of the author, let alone the book, so that alone makes it a good recommendation. Anything else? Most former members of tour group seem to have been washed overboard . . .

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2011, 21:07:34 GMT
Garscadden says:
Being completely honest - I had to go look up a Welsh book, but apparently it is a good read. Sorry.

Posted on 7 Nov 2011, 18:13:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2011, 03:36:52 GMT
P. J. says:
Dutch - Nooteboom (a great writer of prose, but not a great story teller, i recommend (the obvious) Rituals or Following Story), Darkroom of Damacles by Hermans, Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout, and Max Havelaar by Multatuli. Flemish - Wonder by Hugo Claus. Arabian/African - Mahfouz (again), maybe Midaq Alley or Cairo Trilogy, and, having a soft spot for dictator novels, Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote by Kourouma and Wizard of the Crow by Thiongo. Australia - Patrick White is a genius, Voss one of numerous masterpieces, The Plains by Murnane and Man who loved children by Stead. What is the great welsh novel? I have no idea but i like in parenthesis by David Jones. Modern greek - Christ Recrucified by Kazantzakis (i would love to read his Modern Odyssey but it is out of print unfortunately), The Murderess by Papadiamantis.

....none of which are particularly obscure. let me have a think and get back to you on this one.

Posted on 12 Feb 2013, 19:41:44 GMT
monica says:
Reviving this thread because there are probably relative newcomers to forum who don't know about the world tour and because I've read some Dutch/Afrikaans novels in past 6 months I'd like to mention. Dutch: Couperus, The Hidden Force; Bakker, The Detour (aka Ten White Geese), undemanding & not flawless but worth reading; Terrin, The Guard; and Pfeijffer, Rupert: A Confession. Afrikaans: Tom Dreyer, Equatoria; Barnard, Mahala. Had never read a book fr. South Africa, found both these trawling through Postscript site, both are good & the latter, so it says on the tin, considered a classic in So. Africa.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2013, 21:31:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013, 21:36:38 GMT
LEP says:
Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
The Cretan Runner -George Psychoundakis

Falling - Ann Provoost (Dutch)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2013, 18:03:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2013, 18:07:13 GMT
LEP says:
How Green was my Valley - Richard Llewellyn (Welsh)
Under Milkwood - Dylan Thomas (mostly poetry and plays)
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