This Woman Read One Book From Every Country in the World: Here Are Her Favorites - The AtlanticThis is a record of all the valid book recommendations I received before, during and in the year after my quest. I chose one book for each nation for the project. These are underlined and you can click the titles or country names to read my thoughts on each choice. I continue to update the list by choosing one new title a month as my Book of the month. Links to these reviews are highlighted in orange. It was selected by a poll of blog visitors from a list of nominations. I pay for it from the money I earn through my published writing.
Reading A Book from Every Country
This Woman Read One Book From Every Country in the World: Here Are Her Favorites
Ann Morgan considered herself well read — until she discovered the "massive blindspot" on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few books from beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she's urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores. See more at Ted.
In the fall of , Ann Morgan was wrestling with a problem few of us can identify with. No matter how hard she tried, she simply could not find a book to read in English from the tiny African nation of Sao Tome and Principe. At a loss, she appealed for help on Facebook and Twitter, only to be deluged with offers from around the world to translate whatever work she chose from the Portuguese-speaking island. A small army of volunteers in Europe and the United States ultimately came to her rescue, translating chunks of Olinda Beja's page The Shepherd's House into English. The crowdsourcing experiment was just one memorable moment in Morgan's quest to read one book from every country in the world in one year—a goal she accomplished just around this time last year, as New Year's Day approached. The London-based freelance writer defined her universe of countries as "all UN-recognised countries plus Palestine and Taiwan," and added one additional territory—Kurdistan—based on a vote by readers of the blog she maintained for the project.
countries, countless stories I received for many countries during and shortly after my quest to read a book from every country.
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