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Does anyone have any recommendations of books from other parts of the globe, perhaps from countries or continents that many of us "westerners" seem unfortunately prone to overlooking? I would love the opportunity to learn more about literature around the world, and perhaps get a chance to read a few different things and open my eyes a bit to other cultures!
Let's see, I recently read Gassire's Lute which is a version of an oral epic poem by the Soninke people of Ghana (I hope I didn't remember that incorrectly...) It's not a straight translation though, since the poem isn't written, so it's more like a retelling, but this version has good impact in English.
Italo Calvino (Italy) and Carlos Luis Zafron (Spain) are European authors. I enjoyed If on a winter's night a traveler for its meta-aspects, and people rave about The Shadow of the Wind but I didn't get to it yet. (Soon!)
I recently acquired Troll: A Love Story which is magical realism by a Finnish author (I also haven't read it yet - so many books, so little time).
I read some Japanese, but only manga (comics) so I don't have anything to recommend that isn't.
For the Love of the Dark One is a small collection of beautiful poetry from the oral tradition of a 16th Century Indian woman.
And finally, there are some famous Latin American authors: novels by Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), and poetry by Pablo Neruda (Chile). Those are the popular ones, and there are many more lesser known, but no less talented authors that you can read if you look for them.
I look forward to others suggesting to this thread, because I want to read them too! (Prior to reading this thread I spent an hour on the internet trying to learn Welsh phonology so I could get a copy of the Mabinogion and not pronounce everything entirely wrong (just mostly wrong)).
Edited to add: I wish any of these touchstones would actually work!
Silk Road: A Novel of Eighth-Century China by Jeanne Larsen-might have a touch of sci-fi--told in poetry, novel and song
The Journeyer by Gary Jennings--the story of Marco Polo--a long book and not for the squeamish
Shogun by James Clavel--an old standby, but one of my favorites-imperial Japan
The Black Tower by Louis Bayard--this is the story of a detective trying to find out the fate of the children of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette's children. This is quite a good time piece of revolutionary France.
The Lacuma by Barbara Kingsolver--this is story of one man who was born in the U.S., but raised on the streets in Mexico City in the 1930's. Real personages such as Diego Rivera (artist) and Leon Trotsky are included. A good book!
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