Saturday, March 15, 2008

Orbis Terrarum Challenge

I've been doing pretty good at resisting new challenges but not this one. I love reading international literature so this is a great incentive. Plus I found that looking at my lists for other challenges, I already plan to read books by authors from 6 different countries this year. Three more isn't much of a stretch.
The bottom line: choose 9 different books, written by 9 different authors, from 9 different countries.
The challenge runs from April 1st to December 20th. Click on the button for more info on signing up.

My current list (books on other challenge lists in bold):
(TURKEY) My Name is Red – Orham Pamuk
(RUSSIA) Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
(NIGERIA) Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(IRAN) Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
(FRANCE) Scortas’ Sun – Laurent Gaudé
(JAPAN) The Silent Cry – Kenzaburo Oe
(PORTUGAL) Blindness – José Saramago
(BRAZIL) The Silence of the Rain – Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
(INDIA) The Mango Season – Amulya Malladi

Other possibilities:
(ITALY) I’m Not Scared – Niccolò Ammaniti
(GERMANY) Perfume – Patrick Suskind
(GERMANY) Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
(SWEDEN) The Visit of the Royal Physician – Per Olov Enquist
(SWEDEN) The Dogs of Riga - Henning Mankell
(BELGIUM) The Book of Proper Names – Amélie Nothomb


  1. OH!!! thank you! Can I steal that button for others to use too??

    I am so glad to have you. Your list of books is awesome!Welcome!

  2. Hmmm? This seems a challenge which fits my reading habits, I think I will join this one, the only problem is i can't chose ahead of time what I will read, so I will post as i go along. thank-you for posting :) Will get back to you by e-mail tomorrow, have a very nice week-end

  3. I'm really contemplating this one. I love books set in foreign locations so this sounds like it'd be a snap to complete. Good luck and I'm off to think about it some more :)

  4. Bethany- Again, you're welcome. And thanks for hosting. I'm looking forward to reading the books on my list.

    Madeleine- Glad to see you joined this one. I may change my list as the year progresses but it's always fun choosing the books anyway. Hope you have a nice weekend too.

    Iliana- Thanks. It's the kind of reading I like to do anyway so how could I resist? :)

  5. OOh...I hope you read Perfume - one of my all-time favourite books. (The movie is surprisingly well-made too, and follows the book closely). I started My Name is Red and abandoned it after a couple of chapters. Think I was not ready to finish it but it's had good reviews and I will tackle it again.

  6. I'm tempted to join this one, and as much as I planned on reading a lot of international literature this year, I don't think I could finish this.

    I've read quite a few on your list: I loved Purple Hibiscus and Lolita are great. Mango Season was okay, and I didn't really like Blindness, but I think it was more a problem with the translation than the book itself.

  7. Indigo- I remember that you recommended Perfume earlier. I've been meaning to read it for a while now. I hope to finally read it this year. And then watch the movie.

    Nyssaneala- I started reading Blindness a few years ago but got interrupted and never got back to it. Oddly, or maybe not, The Road has put me in the mood to read it now.
    I'm looking forward to finally reading Lolita and Purple Hibiscus.


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