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1. Afghanistan: Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner
2. Albania: Ismail Kadare: The Palace of Dreams
3. Algeria: Yasmina Khadra: In the Name of God
4. Andorra: Eric Ripert and Christine Muhlke: On the Line
5. Angola: Ondjaki: Good Morning Comrades
6. Antarctica: Richard E. Byrd: Alone
7. Antigua and Barbuda: Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place
8. Argentina: Jorge Luis Borges: Ficciones
9. Armenia: Vartan Derounian & Alidz Jebejian-Agbabian: Dzalabidig: Images of Survival
10. Australia: Doris Pilkington-Nugi Garimara: Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time
11. Austria: Rainer Maria Rilke: Sonnets to Orpheus
12. Azerbaijan: Kurban Said: Ali and Nino: A Love Story
13. Bahamas: Gertrude "Cleo" Lythgoe: The Bahama Queen: The Autobiography of Gertrude "Cleo" Lythgoe: Prohibition's Daring Beauty: Including With the Whiskey Smugglers by H. De Winton Wigley
14. Bahrain: Quixotiq by Ali Al Saeed
15. Bangladesh: Amitav Ghosh: The Hungry Tide
16. Barbados: Frank Collymore: The Man Who Loved Attending Funerals
17. Belarus: Bella Chagall: A Unique Double Portrait of Russia
18. Belgium: Herge: Tintin in America
19. Belize: Rosita Arvigo with Nadine Epstein and Marilyn Yaquinto: Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer
20. Bhutan: Queen of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck: Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan
21. Bolivia:Ronald Haladyna (Ed.): Andean Journeys: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary Bolivian Poetry
22. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Emir Suljagić: Postcards from the Grave
23. Botswana: Peter Allison: Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
24. Brazil: Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
25. Brunei: Arif K. Abukhudairi: Thoughts of the Times: Introduction to Arabic Literature
26. Bulgaria: Blaga Dimitrova: Because the Sea Is Black
27. Burkina Faso: Malidoma Patrice Somé: Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
28. Burma/Myanmar: Nu Nu Yi: Smile as They Bow
29. Burundi: Gilbert Tuhabonye and Gary Brozek: This Voice in My Heart: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Escape, Faith, and Forgiveness
30. Cambodia: Loung Ung: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
31. Cameroon: Calixthe Beyala: Sun Hath Looked Upon Me
32. Canada: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale
33. Cape Verde: Germano Almeida: The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo
34. Central African Republic: Makombo Bamboté: Daba's Travels from Ouadda to Bangui
35. Chad: Joseph Brahim Seid: Told by Starlight in Chad
36. Chile: Gabriela Mistral: Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral
37. China: Anchee Min: Red Azalea
38. Colombia: Gabriel García Márquez: Cronica de una muerte anunciada
39. Comoros: Samantha Weinberg: A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth (place holder)
40. Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa): Larry Devlin: Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone
41. Congo, Republic of (Congo-Brazzaville): Alain Mabanckou: African Psycho
42. Cook Islands (a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand): Kauraka Kauraka: Dreams of a Rainbow (Moemoea a te Anuanua)
43. Costa Rica: Richard Garrigues: The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide
44. Croatia: Dubravka Ugrešić: The Ministry of Pain
45. Cuba: Cristina García: Dreaming in Cuban
46. Cyprus: Stavros Panteli: Place of Refuge: A History of the Jews in Cyprus
47. Czech Republic: Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
48. Denmark: Peter Høeg: Smilla's Sense of Snow
49. Djibouti: Abdourahman Waberi: In the United States of Africa
50. Dominica: Jean Rhys: The Wide Sargasso Sea
51. Dominican Republic: Junot Díaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
52. Ecuador: Octavio Latorre: The Curse of the Giant Tortoise: Tragedies, Crimes and Mysteries in the Galapagos Islands
53. Egypt: Sana Hasan: Enemy in the Promised Land: An Egyptian Woman's Journey into Israel
54. El Salvador: Claribel Alegría: Flowers from the Volcano
55. Equatorial Guinea: Donato Ndongo: Shadows of Your Black Memory
56. Eritrea: Senait Mehari: Heart of Fire: From Child Soldier to Soul Singer
57. Estonia: Jaan Kaplinski: The Wandering Border
58. Ethiopia: Dinaw Mengestu: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
59. Fiji: Epeli Hau'ofa: Tales of the Tikongs
60. Finland: Johanna Sinisalo: Troll: A Love Story
61. France: Jean-Paul Sartre: Nausea
62. French Guiana: Henri Charrière: Papillon
63. Gabon: Daniel Mengara: Mema
64. Gambia: Phyllis Wheatley: Poems on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral
65. Germany: Herman Hesse: Magister Ludi
66. Ghana: Ama Ata Aidoo: Our Sister Killjoy, or Reflections from a Black-eyed Squint
67. Greece: Olga Broumas: Beginning with O
68. Greenland (member country of the Kingdom of Denmark): Gretel Ehrlich: This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
69. Grenada: Richardo Keens-Douglas: The Nutmeg Princess
70. Guadeloupe (overseas department of France): Gisèle Pineau: The Drifting of Spirits
71. Guam: Paula Ann Lajan Quinene: A Taste of Guam
72. Guatemala:
73. Guinea: Camara Laye: The Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African Boy
74. Guinea-Bissau: Amílcar Cabral: Revolution in Guinea: Selected Texts
75. Guyana: Edward Ricardo Braithwaite: To Sir, with Love
76. Haiti: Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory
77. Honduras: Translator/Editor: Medea Benjamin: Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart
78. Hungary: Elie Weisel: Night
79. Iceland: Unknown: The Elder Edda
80. India: Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
81. Indonesia: Pramoedya Ananta Toer: The Fugitive
82. Iran: Marjane Satrapi: The Complete Persepolis
83. Iraq: Hiner Saleem: My Father's Rifle: A Childhood in Kurdistan
84. Ireland (Northern, UK): Seamus Heaney: Death of a Naturalist
85. Ireland, Republic of: James Joyce: Ulysses
86. Israel: Amos Oz: Elsewhere, Perhaps
87. Italy: Italo Calvino: Cosmicomics
88. Ivory Coast: Kouassi P. Soman: Abongui My People Cote D'Ivoire My Country America My Home: The Ethno-History of a Small African Kingdom
89. Jamaica: Michelle Cliff: Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise
90. Jordan: Marguerite Van Geldermalsen: Married to a Bedouin
91. Japan: Yukio Mishima: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
92. Kazakhstan: Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt: The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
93. Kenya: Wangari Maathair: The Challenge for Africa
94. Kiribati: Tebuai Uaai & Buatia Kauea (Illustrator): Cutting Toddy in Kiribati
95. Kuwait: Huda M. Al-Medlej: Escaping the Invasion
96. Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan: Chingiz Aitmatov: Jamilia
97. Laos: Outhine Bounyavong: Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos
98. Lebanon: Alexandre Najjar: The School of War
99. Lesotho: Mpho M'Atsepo Nthunya & K. Limakatso Kendall: Singing away the Hunger: The Autobiography of an African Woman
100. Liberia: Helene Cooper: The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
101. Libya: Hisham Matar: In the Country of Men
102. Liechtenstein: Prince Hans-Adam, The Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein: The State in the Third Millenium
103. Lithuania: Solly Ganor: Light One Candle: A Survivor's Tale from Lithuania to Jerusalem
104. Luxembourg: Edward Steichen: The Family of Man
105. Macedonia: Slavko Janevski: The Bandit Wind
106. Madagascar: Fanj Andriamialisoa, Ian Sinclair, & Olivier Langrand: A Photographic Guide to the Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion and the Comoros
107. Malawi: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza: Smouldering Charcoal
108. Malaysia: Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory
109. Maldives: Liz Banks: Maldives Musings
110. Mali: Kris Holloway: Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
111. Malta: Professor Sir Themistocles Zammit: Prehistoric Malta: Tarxien Temples and Saflieni Hypogeum
112. Marshall Islands: Irene J. Taafaki, Maria Kabua Fowler, Randolph R. Thaman: Traditional Medicine of the Marshall Islands: The Women, The Treatments, The Plants
113. Mauritania: Samuel Cotton: Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery
114. Mauritius: Nathacha Appanah: Blue Bay Palace
115. Mexico: Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate
116. Moldova: Grigore Vieru: Bread and Dew
117. Monaco: Princess Grace with Gwen Robyins: My Book of Flowers
118. Mongolia: Ts. Bold (Ed.): Some Short Stories from Mongolia
119. Morocco: Malika Oufkir: Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
120. Mozambique: Lina Magaia: Dumba Nengue: Run for Your Life: Peasant Tales of Tragedy in Mozambique
121. Namibia: Neshani Andreas: Purple Violet of Oshaantu
122. Nauru: Alois Kayser, KSC: Nauru One Hundred Years Ago: 3. Games & Sports
123. Nepal: Samrat Upadhyay: Arresting God in Kathmandu
124. Netherlands: Diny van Bruggen: Flowers on the Cactus: AIDS and Orphan Care in Cambodia
125. New Caledonia: Jean-Claude Staudt (Ed.), Hilary Roots (translator), island children (illustrators): Legends of New Caledonia: A Collection of Legends from the Isle of Pines
126. New Zealand: Keri Hulme: The Bone People
127. Niger: Paul Stoller: In Sorcery's Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger
128. Nigeria: Amos Tutuola: The Palm-Wine Drinkard
129. North Korea: Richard E. Kim: Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
130. Norway: Henrik Ibsen: Hedda Gabler
131. Rory Patrick Allen: Oman under Arabian Skies: An Arabian Odyssey
132. Pakistan: Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
133. Palau: Republic of Palau Ministry of Education: Education Master Plan 2006-2016, Republic of Palau
134. Palestine: Raja Shehadeh: Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine
135. Panama: Nancy Mankins: Hostage: The Incredible True Story of the Kidnapping of Three American Missionaries
136. Papua New Guinea: Christina Dodwell: In Papua New Guinea
137. Paraguay: Maureen Burn: Outcast but Not Forsaken: True Stories from a Paraguayan Leper Colony
138. Peru: Mario Vargaship among the Songh Llosa: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
139. Philippines: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept
140. Poland: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
141. Portugal: José Saramago: Blindness
142. Puerto Rico: Esmeralda Santiago: When I Was Puerto Rican
143. Qatar: Habibur Rahman: The Emergence of Qatar
144. Romania: Dan Pagis: Points of Departure
145. Russian Federation: Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire
146. Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner: An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
147. St. Croix (USVI): Florence Lewisohn: Divers Information on the Romantic History of St. Croix: From the Time of Columbus until Today
148. Saint Lucia: Derek Walcott: The Prodigal: A Poem
149. Saint Kitts and Nevis: Miriam H. Huggins: Miriam Gone Home: The Life of Sister Huggins
150. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Vivian Child: City of Arches: Memories of an Island Capital, Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
151. San Marino: Unknown: Guida Souvenir Di San Marino
152. São Tomé and Príncipe: Donald Burness: Ossobó: Essays on the Literature of São Tomé and Príncipe
153. Saudi Arabia: Rajaa Alsanea: Girls of Riyadh
154. Scotland: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet
155. Serbia: Milorad Pavić: Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel
156. Seychelles: Jennievis: Miriam H. Huggins: Miriam Gone Home: The Life of Sister Huggins
157. Sierra Leone: Ishmael Beah: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
158. Singapore: Gerrie Lim: Invisible Trade: High Class Sex for Sale in Singapore
159. Slovenia: Slavoj Zizek: Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle
160. Solomon Islands: Alvert Wendt (Ed.): Some Modern Poetry from Solomon Islands
161. Somalia: Fadumo Korn with Sabine Eichhorst: Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival
162. South Africa: Alan Paton: Cry, The Beloved Country
163. South Korea: Cullen Thomas: Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons
164. Spain: Federico García Lorca: The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca
165. Sri Lanka: Michael Ondaatje: Running in the Family
166. South Sudan, Republic of: Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak, Judy A. Bernstein:
They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan
167. Sudan, Republic of the: Tayeb Salih: Season of Migration to the North
168. Swaziland: Sarah Mkhonza: Weeding the Flowerbeds
169. Sweden: Astrid Lindgren: The Tomten and the Fox
170. Switzerland: Jean Piaget and Barbel Inhelder: The Psychology of the Child
171. Syria: Mohja Kahf: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
172. Taiwan (ROC, disputed): Fred Lobb: Taiwan Folktales: Proverbs, Folk Sayings, and Folktales from Taiwan
173. Tajikistan: Robert Frimtzis: From Tajikistan to the Moon: A Story of Tragedy, Survival and Triumph of the Human Spirit
174. Tanzania: Tepilit Ole Saitoti: The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior
175. Thailand: Warren Fellows with Jack Marx: The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison
176. Tibet: The Dalai Lama: How to See Yourself as You Really Are
177. Timor-Leste: Luis Cardoso: The Crossing: A Story of East Timor
178. Togo: Tété-Michel Kpomassie: An African in Greenland
179. Tonga: Semisi Nau: The Story of My Life: A Tongan Missionary at Ontong Java
180. Trinidad and Tobago: Samuel Selvon: A Brighter Sun
181. Tunisia: Aïcha Ben Abed: Tunisian Mosaics: Treasures from Roman Africa
182. Turkey: Orhan Pamuk: The White Castle
183. Turkmenistan: Gregory M. Levin: Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist's Exile from Eden
184. Tuvalu: Gerd Koch (ethnographer): Songs of Tuvalu
185. Uganda: Doreen Baingana: Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe
186. Ukraine: Sholom Aleichem: The Tevye Stories and Other Stories
187. United Arab Emirates: Denys Johnson Davies (Ed.): In a Fertile Desert: Modern Writing from the United Arab Emirates
188. United Kingdom: Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
189. United States: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness
190. Uzbekistan: Bibish: The Dancer from Khiva
191. Vanuatu: Grace Mera Molisa: Black Stone
192. Vatican City: Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI): Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977
193. Venezuela: Frank Kane and John Tilsley: In the Shadow of Papillon: Seven Years of Hell in Venezuela's Prison System
194. Vietnam: Monique Truong: The Book of Salt
195. Wales: Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
196. Western Sahara: Thomas Hollowell: Allah's Garden: A True Story of a Forgotten War in the Sahara Desert
197. Yemen: Zayd Muteeʻ Dammaj: The Hostage
198. Zambia: Josh Swiller: The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
199. Zanzibar (semi-autonomous region of Tanzania): Emily Ruete [Sayyida Salme]: Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar
200. Zimbabwe: Alexander McCall Smith: The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Where I Found the Books







Amazon
www.amazon.com and Amazon Marketplace
www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.fr
amazon.uk

Asia Books
www.asiabooks.com

The Book Depository
www.bookdepository.com

Daedalus Books and Music
www.daedalusbooks.com

The Globe Corner Book Stores
http://www.globecorner.com

The Harvard Coop
http://harvardcoopbooks.bncollege.com

IPS Publications

ipsbooks.usp.ac.fj

Monument Books
http://www.monument-books.com

Powell's Books
www.powells.com

Schoenhof's Foreign Books
www.schoenhofs.com

Smith Family Bookstore

http://smithfambooks.qwestoffice.net/welcome.html

University Book Centre, University of the South Pacific

www.uspbookcentre.com

International airport book stores, gifts from family and friends, the previous book stores of my life (such as Borders, Brown University Bookstore, College Hill Books, etc.)




Book Acquisition Phase Complete



THIS IS WHAT A BOOK FROM EVERY COUNTRY 
LOOKS LIKE

Fine tuning


I've identified at least something for each country (and a few important non-countries), pending an item-by-item check to be sure nothing has dropped off a list. I have about 17 8 4 3 2 no items still to buy, and a handful that I read in the past and don't own. I really like the idea of having a bookcase that includes a book from every country. There are some possessions and dependent states that I'd like to add--Puerto Rico, New Caledonia, Western Sahara*, and the like. Your suggestions are always welcome.

It's been interesting and gratifying to find other people's "read the Olympic Games countries" lists. While they've provided some authors, I see that other people have trouble with many of the same countries I do and have read books about them (like Lonely Planet guidebooks) rather than from them. I have done a better job than many of finding local or long-term resident authors (with help from Harry, a fellow player who has located both obscure titles and publishers).

If you know of a better book than the one I've identified or read, please let me know. By "better" I mean a book by a native person rather than an ethnographer or Peace Corps volunteer, or a primary source rather than a secondary source.

*Got those--other non-country entity ideas welcome!










Plus these possessions, protectorates, territories, overseas departments, collectives, and contested nations not appearing on this travel map:

*Guadalupe
*Palestine
*Tibet
*Zanzibar

And for unknown reasons, Kiribati isn't on the TravBuddy map! (I've e-mailed them.)

Please note that this map says I've read 100% of the world when I still have several to read.

To read

I own but have not yet read these books.





  1. Benin: Olympe Bhely-Quenum: Snares Without End
  2. Federated States of Micronesia: The Students of the Community College of Micronesia (Editor: Gene Ashby): Micronesian Customs and Beliefs (2nd ed.)
  3. Georgia: Fazil Iskander: Sandro of Chegem
  4. Guatemala: Popol Vuh?
  5. Latvia: Harry G. Kapeikis: Exile from Latvia: My WWII Childhood - From Survival to Opportunity
  6. Montenegro: Bajram Angelo Koljenovic: Blood of Montenegro
  7. Nicaragua: Gioconda Belli: The Country under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
  8. Samoa: Albert Wendt: Leaves of the Banyan Tree
  9. Senegal: Ken Bugul: The Abandoned Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman
  10. Slovakia: Peter Pišťanek: Rivers of Babylon
  11. Suriname: Andrew Westoll: The Riverbones: Stumbling after Eden in the Jungles of Suriname
  12. Uruguay: Christine Peri Rossi: Ship of Fools
  1. Bermuda: Mary Prince: The History of Mary Prince
  2. French Polynesia: Anonymous: Tahiti: The Other Side
  3. Hong Kong: Martin Booth: Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
  4. Sint Maarten/Saint Martin: Jean Glasscock: The Making of an Island

The Countries

The initial, complete list of countries I'm working from (worldatlas.com). I'll be adding non-countries that ought to be represented as I read.

 

Afghanistan (Kabul)
Albania (Tirane)
Algeria (Algers)
Andorra (Andorra la Vella)
Angola (Luanda)
Antigua and Barbuda (St. John's)
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Armenia (Yerevan)
Australia (Canberra)
Austria (Vienna)
Azerbaijan (Baku)
Bahamas (Nassau)
Bahrain (Manama)
Bangladesh (Dhaka)
Barbados (Bridgetown)
Belarus (Minsk)
Belgium (Brussels)
Belize (Belmopan)
Benin (Port-Novo)
Bhutan (Thimphu)
Bolivia (Sucre)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo)
Botswana (Gaborone)
Brazil (Brasilia)
Brunei (Bander Seri Begawan)
Bulgaria (Sofia)
Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)
Burma/Myanmar (Yangon)
Burundi (Bujumbura)
Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
Cameroon (Yaounde)
Canada (Ottawa)
Cape Verde (Praia)
Central African Republic (Bangui)
Chad (N'Djamena)
Chile (Santiago)
China (Beijing)
Colombia (Bogota)
Comoros (Moroni)
Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa)
Costa Rica (San Jose)
Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast (Yamoussoukro)
Croatia (Zagreb)
Cuba (Havana)
Cyprus (Nicosia)  and/or
Czech Republic (Prague)
Denmark (Copenhagen)
Djibouti (Djibouti)
Dominica (Roseau)
Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)
East Timor (Dili)
Ecuador (Quito)
Egypt (Cairo)
El Salvador (San Salvador)
Equatorial Guinea (Malabo)
Eritrea (Asmara)
Estonia (Tallinn)
Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)
Fiji (Suva)
Finland (Helsinki)
France (Paris)
Gabon (Liberville)
Gambia (Banjul)
Georgia (Tbilisi)
Germany (Berlin)
Ghana (Accra)
Greece (Athens)
Grenada (St. George's)
Guatemala (Guatemala City)
Guinea (Conakry)
Guinea-Bissau (Bissau)
Guyana (Georgetown)
Haiti (Port-au-Prince)
Honduras (Tegucigalpa)
Hungary (Budapest)
Iceland (Reykjavik)
India (New Delhi)
Indonesia (Jakarta)
Iran (Tehran)
Iraq (Baghdad)
Ireland (Dublin)
Israel (Jerusalem)
Italy (Rome)
Jamaica (Kingston)
Japan (Tokyo)
Jordan (Amman)
Kazakstan (Astana)
Kenya (Nairobi)
Kiribati (Bairiki)
Korea, North (Pyongyang)
Korea, South (Seoul)
Kuwait (Kuwait City)
Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek)
Laos (Vientiane)
Latvia (Riga)
Lebanon (Beirut)
Lesotho (Maseru)
Liberia (Monrovia)
Libya (Tripoli)
Liechtenstein (Vaduz)
Lithuania (Vilnius)
Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

 

Macedonia (Skopje)
Madagascar (Antananarivo)
Malawi (Lilongwe)
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Maldives (Male)
Mali (Bamako)
Malta (Valletta)
Marshall Islands (Majuro)
Mauritania (Nouakchott)
Mauritius (Port Louis)
Mexico (Mexico City)
Micronesia (Palikir)
Moldova (Chisinau)
Monaco (Monaco)
Mongolia (Ulan Bator)
Montenegro (Podgorica)
Morocco (Rabat)  (including Western Sahara)
Mozambique (Maputo)
Namibia (Windhoek)
Nauru (no official capital)
Nepal (Kathmandu)
Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague)
New Zealand (Wellington)
Nicaragua (Managua)
Niger (Niamey)
Nigeria (Abuja)
Norway (Oslo)
Oman (Muscat)  
Pakistan (Islamabad)
Palau (Koror)
Panama (Panama City)
Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby)
Paraguay (Asuncion)
Peru (Lima)
Philippines (Manila)
Poland (Warsaw)
Portugal (Lisbon)
Qatar (Doha)  
Romania (Bucharest)
Russian Federation (Moscow)  
Rwanda (Kigali)
Saint Kitts and Nevis (Basseterre)
Saint Lucia (Castries)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Kingstown)
Samoa (Apia)
San Marino (San Marino)
Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome)
Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)
Senegal (Dakar)
Serbia (Belgrade)
Seychelles (Victoria)
Sierra Leone (Freetown)
Singapore (Singapore City)
Slovakia (Bratislava)
Slovenia (Ljubljana)
Solomon Islands (Honiara)
Somalia (Mogadishu)
South Africa (Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein)
Spain (Madrid)
Sri Lanka (Colombo)
Sudan (Khartoum)
Suriname (Paramaribo)
Swaziland (Mbabane)
Sweden (Stockholm)
Switzerland (Bern)
Syria (Damascus)
Tajikistan (Dushanbe)
Tanzania (Dodoma)
Thailand (Bangkok)
Togo (Lome)
Tonga (Nuku'alofa)
Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain)
Tunisia (Tunis)
Turkey (Ankara)
Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)
Tuvalu (Funafuti)
Uganda (Kampala)
Ukraine (Kiev)
United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)
United Kingdom (London)
United States (Washington D.C.)
Uruguay (Montevideo)
Uzbekistan (Tashkent)
Vanuatu (Port-Vila)
Vatican City  
Venezuela (Caracas)
Vietnam (Hanoi)
Yemen (Sana)
Zambia (Lusaka)
Zimbabwe (Harare)

 

 

The Challenge

  • The challenge: To have read a book by an author from every existing country in the world (plus a few territories and possessions) by the end of 2012



  • The parameters
    • Books I've already read count toward the total
    • Both expatriate and immigrant authors are okay, but a book by a native or long-term resident is preferred
    • If no book is available in English, and I cannot read the language, a biography of someone from the country is a poor yet acceptable substitute
    • Reviews will be posted on my main journal, shoshanapnw.livejournal.com
  • That's the deal! Author recommendations for countries I haven't yet read are always welcome

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