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Reading Across Borders – 2008 Goals & Progress

Reading Across Borders – Progress as of December 31, 2008 (52 countries visited)
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I “visited” 20 new countries in 2007, mostly through the New York Times Notable Books challenge. In 2008, I will use my Read the Nobels project to kick-start my journey. Overall I’d really like to visit 20 more new countries this year. These include:
  1. Italy - The Leopard, by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (completed 1/27/2008 - review)
  2. Sweden - Astrid and Veronika, by Linda Olsson (completed 1/28/2008 - review)
  3. Turkey - My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk (DNF 2/23/2008 - review)
  4. Haiti - Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (completed 3/1/2008 - review)
  5. Morocco - Stolen Lives, by Malika Oufkir (completed 3/7/2008 - review)
  6. New Zealand - The Bone People, by Keri Hulme (completed 3/30/2008 - review)
  7. Somalia - Links, by Nuruddin Farah (completed 5/16/2008 - review)
  8. Algeria - Women of Algiers in their apartment, by Assia Djebar (completed 6/16/2008 - review)
  9. Austria - The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek (DNF 8/16/2008 - review)
  10. Portugal - Baltasar and Blimunda, by Jose Saramago (DNF 8/2/2008 - review)
  11. Sri Lanka - Mosquito, by Roma Tearne (completed 8/20/2008 - review)
  12. Iceland - Independent People, by Halldor Laxness (completed 8/29/2008 - review)
  13. Hungary - Embers, by Sandor Marai (completed 9/13/2008 - review)
  14. Brazil* - A Death in Brazil, by Peter Robb (completed 10/30/2008 - review)
  15. Denmark - Smilla's Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg (completed 11/14/2008 - review)
  16. Spain - The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (completed 11/20/2008 - review)
  17. Argentina - My Name Is Light, by Elsa Osorio (completed 11/28/2008 - review)
  18. Saudia Arabia - Girls of Riyadh, by Rajaa Alsanea (completed 12/2/2008 - review)
  19. Kenya - Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai (completed 12/20/2008 - review)
  20. Albania - Broken April, by Ismail Kadare (completed 12/9/2008 - review)
Complete List of Countries Read (with links to reviews where available)
All "visits" are based on author's nationality, unless marked with an asterisk, which indicates "sense of place." 
 
 
Mexico - The Book of Lamentations (review) - Rosario Castellanos 

Central American and the Caribbean
Haiti - Breath, Eyes, Memory (review) - Edwidge Danticat

South America
Argentina - My Name is Light (review) - Elsa Osorio
Brazil* - A Death in Brazil (review) - Peter Robb
Chile - Daughter of Fortune (review) - Isabel Allende
Colombia - One Hundred Years of Solitude (review) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Peru - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (review) - Mario Vargas Llosa

Africa 
Algeria - Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (review) - Assia Djebar
Congo/Brazzaville* - The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Egypt - The Yacoubian Building (review) - Alaa Al Aswany 
Kenya - Unbowed (review) - Wangari Maathai
Morocco - Stolen Lives (review) - Malika Oufkir
Nigeria - Half of a Yellow Sun (review) - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Sierra Leone - A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (review) - Ishmael Beah 
Somalia - Links (review) - Nuruddin Farah
South Africa - A Long Walk to Freedom (review) - Nelson Mandela
Sudan - The Translator (review) - Leila Aboulela
Zimbabwe - Don't Let's go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller

Europe 
Albania - Broken April (review) - Ismail Kadare
Austria - The Piano Teacher (review) - Elfriede Jelinek
Denmark - Smilla's Sense of Snow (review) - Peter Hoeg
France - Suite Francaise (review) - Irene Nemirovksy
Germany - Night - Elie Wiesel
Hungary - Embers (review) - Sandor Marai
Iceland - Independent People (review) - Halldor Laxness
Ireland – At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill 
Italy - The Leopard (review) - Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Netherlands* - Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
Norway - The Bookseller of Kabul (review) - Asne Seierstad
Poland – The PianistWladislaw Szpilman
Portugal - Baltasar and Blimunda  (review) - Jose Saramago
Russia - The Master and Margarita (review) - Mikhail Bulgakov 
Spain - The Shadow of the Wind (review) -  Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Sweden - Astrid and Veronika (review) - Linda Olsson 
United Kingdom - Black Swan Green - David Mitchell

Middle East
Afghanistan – The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Israel - A Woman in Jerusalem (review) - Abraham Yehoshua 
Saudia Arabia - Girls of Riyadh (review) - Rajaa Alsanea
Turkey - My Name is Red (review) - Orhan Pamuk

Asia
Bangladesh - Alentejo Blue (review) - Monica Ali
China - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Daj Sijie
India - The Inheritance of Loss (review) - Kiran Desai
Japan* - Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Myanmar* - The Lizard Cage (review) - Karen Connelly
Pakistan - The Reluctant Fundamentalist (review) - Mohsin Hamid 
Sri Lanka - Mosquito (review) - Roma Tearne

Australia and Pacific
Australia - The Book Thief (review) - Markus Zusak
New Zealand - The Bone People (review) - Keri Hulme
Tags: 2008 year of reading, challenge, reading x-borders
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