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Reading Multi-National Literature

April 16, 2015

In 2015-2016 I am using my Sabbath Day as the center around which will organize a week of reading multi-national literatures. This post will serve as a constantly updated index of my progress. Dates in parenthesis represent the year an author received the Nobel Prize in Literature, unless otherwise noted.

    • ISRAEL: Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
    • FRANCE I: Jean Paul Sartre (who refused the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1963).
    • FRANCE II: André Gide (1947); Albert Camus (1957); Victor Hugo and Simone de Beauvoir.
    • RUSSIA I: including Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, and Ivan Turgenev.
    • IRELAND I: Yeats (1923); Shaw (1925); Samuel Beckett (1969); Seamus Heaney (1995).
    • IRELAND II: The Taín; and an anthology of Irish myths and Celtic Spirituality.
    • ROMAN REPUBLIC: Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War.
    • SCANDINAVIA: Henrik Ibsen; Tomas Tranströmer (2011); Dag Hammerskjold (Peace Prize 1961).
    • THE NETHERLANDS: Devotio Moderna; Thomas à Kempis, The Diary of Anne Frank.
    • ARMENIAThe Forty Days of Musa Dagh, by Franz Werfel; Sermons on Armenian Martyrs
    • PALESTINE: Mahmoud Darwish, Edward Said, Ronda Ghazy’s Dreaming of Palestine, stories of Intifada
    • SOUTH AFRICA I: Nadine Gordimer (1991); J.M. Coetzee (2004); Alan Paton.
    • NIGERIA: Chinua Achebe; Wole Soyinka (1986); Kenule Saro-Wiwa.
    • WEST AFRICA: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Nobel Peace 2011); Bai T. Moore, Murder in the Cassava Patch; Lamen Sanneh’s memoir; poetry of Léopold Sédar Senghor and more.
    • CONGO: King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, by Adam Hoschschild. Alain Mabanckou, The Broken Glass.
    • EARTH/EAARTH: Michael Northcott, Fletcher Harper, Margaret Atwood, Mary Oliver (Pulitzer, 1984), Aldo Leopold.
    • NORTH AFRICA: Lelia Lalami (Morocco); The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswary, and more from Sudan, Algeria and Libya.
    • EGYPT AND MOROCCOPalace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz (1988); Hope and other Dangerous Pursuits by Lelia Lalami
    • THE UNITED STATES: HARLEM: James Baldwin, The First Next Time; Pope Francis, Laudato Si’.
    • CANADA: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin. Alice Munro, Collected Stories.
    • INDIA: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things; Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies (2000); In Praise of Krishna.
    • BIOREGIONALISM: Stephen Paul Devillo, Ched Myers, Gary Snyder (1975), Wendell Berry, Maryknoll Sisters.
    • BRAZIL: The Life of Sister Dorothy Stang, The Poetry of Dom Helder Camera and others
    • NICARAGUA: Ernesto Cardenal, The Gospel in Solentiname, With Walker in Nicaragua and Other Early Poems
    • THE UNITED STATES: FLORIDA GULF: Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1954).
    • COLUMBIA AND MEXICO: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Of Love and Other Dreams (1982); Octoavio Paz (1990).
    • LEBANON: Anthony Shadid (Pulitzer 2004 & 2010), House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East.
    • IRAN: Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis; Ahmad Shamlou.
    • SPAIN: Juan Ramon Jimenez (1956); Camilo Jose Cela (1989); Frederico Garcia Lorca, Antonio Machado, etc.
    • NAVAJO/LAGUNA PEOPLE: Leslie Marmon Silko, The Ceremony.
    • CHEROKEE/SIOUX: Vine Deloria, Jr., God is Red; Marijo Moore, ed. Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing
    • THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous Peoples’ History of the U.S.
    • THE CITY (OF WHITE PLAINS): Renoda Hoffman, Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
    • PAKISTAN: Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala (Nobel Peace Prize, 2014)
    • ALGONQUIAN: Jill Lepore, The Name of War, (Bancroft Prize, 1998); William Cronon, Changes in the Land.
    • CUBA: Antonio Guerrero, Desde mi altura.
    • CHINA: C.S. Song, Tears of Lady Meng; Chinese poets.
    • MARSHALL ISLANDS: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner; traditional folk tales.
    • PORTUGAL AND FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONIES: Mia Couto, Mozambique; Ondjaki and Agualusa, Angola; poetry from Ghana, Guinea, Angola, Mozambique and more.
    • JAPAN: Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library; Nagai Tatsuo; Japanese Death Poems.
    • CHILE: Gabriela Mistral (1945), Selected Poems; Pablo Neruda (1971), etc.
    • GREECE: George Seferis, Yannis Ritson, Constantine Cavafy, Anne Carson, trans.
    • THE PHILIPPINES: Karl Gaspar, How Long? Prison Reflections
    • THE UNITED STATES: MASS INCARCERATION: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow; Mumia Abu-Jamal
    • GERMANY I: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Fiction from Tegel Prison
    • GERMANY II: Jennifer Nielsen (Utah), A Night Divided; Nelly Sachs (1966), Gunter Grass (1999), Paul Celan, etc.
    • POLAND I: Adam Michnik, Letter from Prison; Czeslaw Milosz, poems (1980)
    • POLAND II: Tadeusz Konwicki, The Polish Complex; poems by Wislawa Szymborska (1996), Anna Kamienska, and others.
    • WOMEN’S HISTORY: Jane Addams (1931, the first American woman to receive); Beloved by Toni Morrison (Pulitzer Prize, 1988); Wendy Farley, The Thirst of God, Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, Claudia Rankine, etc.
    • RUSSIA II: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipeligo (1971); Anna Akhmatova
    • RUSSIA III: Boris Pasternak (1958)
    • INDONESIA: Chairil Anwar, “Heaven”; Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kuriawan (2015, multiple awards)
    • YEMEN: Mansur Rajih, prisoner of conscience; I Am Nujood: Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali.
    • KENYA: Binyavanga Wainaina, editor; Ngūgī wa Thiong’o, playwright and prisoner of conscience; Maina wa Kinyatti, poet and politic prisoner; Micere Githae Mugo, exiled for her poems and speech.
    • EAST AFRICA – Poems and short fiction from Uganda, Somalia, Djibouti, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
    • THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER: Eddy Harris, Mississippi Solo.
    • TURKEY: Nazim Hikmet, and other poets.
    • MYANMAR AND THAILAND: Edith Mirante, Burmese Looking Glass: A Human Rights Adventure
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, edited by Boris Fishman (representative ex-pat prose). Poems from my anthology.
    • BELARUS: Boris Fishman
    • ARGENTINA: poems by Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Juarroz,
    • PERU: Cesar Vallejo
    • KOREA:
    • AUSTRALIA: Australian Poets, Poetry, Volume CCVIII, Number 2, May 2016
    • SOUTH AFRICA II: Nelson Mandela (Nobel Peace Prize, 19..)
    • SOUTH AFRICA III: Short Fiction and Poetry
    • GERMANY III: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison,
    • IRAN:
    • PERU:
    • INDIA: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust.
    • AFGHANISTAN: Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed. (Looking for more suggestions)
    • GUATEMALA: I, Rigoberta Menchu. (Nobel Peace Prize)
    • to be continued…


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