The Name of the Rose is Umberto Eco’s most famous novel. The main character, Hoiri Sevese, is a native young man raised by white missionaries. Under the North Star uses one family’s experiences to examine the unrest and opposing forces in Finland during the first half of the 20th Century. I read a lot of English and Australian authors, therefore, a lot of their books are set in their home countries, and France pops up a lot, but I don’t get to go to eastern Europe or Asia much. The Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim al-Koni is a beautiful portrayal of the Libyan desert and the traditional life of the Bedouin tribes. Although The Bleeding of the Stone was originally published in 1990, it took until 2002 for an English translation to become available. published 2012, avg rating 2.76 — Roa Bastos is a Paraguayan author exiled from his home country for over four decades. Both the historical and mythical Shaka and his mother were exiled in his childhood due to his illegitimacy, but he rose to become on of the greatest Zulu warriors of all time. There she stumbles upon a pristine Japanese garden and its reclusive owner. Unbeknownst to his wife and superiors, however, he also has a plan of his own. Required fields are marked * Type here.. Name* E-mail* Website. Each country represented in the collection is offered at three different reading levels. Check out our ultimate MasterClass review and find out what our experience was like taking three writing courses. I hope this post can help you all claim your copy of The Coworking Handbook. Hosseini drew from his own childhood in Afghanistan when writing the book. Hurramabad by Andreī Volos is a collection of short stories all set the fictional city of Hurramabad in Tajikistan following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Galsan Tschinag is the first member of the Tuvan tribe to tell their story in print with his autobiographical trilogy that begins with The Blue Sky. Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea opens with an old Cuban fisherman desperate to break an unlucky streak after over 80 days without catching any fish. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about favorite books set in another country. The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century, is often considered to be the world’s first novel. The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera tells the story of a man searching to untangle truth from legend surrounding his powerful grandmother, the matriarch. Sarah Mkhonza’s Weeding the Flowerbeds is a fictionalized account of the author’s experiences in a British-run boarding school in her native Swaziland as a child. Using the experiences of three different women gives Mohamed the opportunity to explore the personal side of war and conflict while a putting a face on events known to history. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih is considered one of the most important Arab novels of the 20th Century. 32 ratings — Books for Kids Set in Europe. However, I've gone with Jo Walton's Among Others, which is set in England and Wales. Before you update your information, you need to spend your store credit, cancel your subscriptions, and get a payment method for your new country or region. published 1966, avg rating 3.30 — An accusation of heresy and a series of murders in an Italian abbey lead Brother William of Baskerville through a complex investigation of coded manuscripts, secret messages, and semiotics to solve the mystery at the heart of the abbey. In a story that provides a glimpse into the United Arab Emirates before the oil boom, The Sand Fish by Maha Gargash tells the story of one woman’s struggle against the restrictions on women in her country as she prepares to become a bride. Through Tama Mahana’s search, Ihimaera introduces the world to the history, culture, and myths of New Zealand. Cry, the Beloved Country is a story about a father and about the racial divides that separated South Africa in the 1940s. Chaka by Thomas Mofolo tells the mythical legend of the influential Zulu king Shaka. Three years after the publication of Blindness, José Saramago was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran has never been out of print since its publication in 1923 and has been translated into more than 40 languages. The Tale of the Firebird by Gennady Spirin; Children’s Books Set in Africa. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill is the first novel in the Dr. Siri Paiboun murder mystery series. Jamaica Kincaid’s short book of creative nonfiction examines the geography, history, and culture of Antigua in a way that is easy to understand without ever traveling to the island. 22 ratings — Stieg Larsson’s international sensation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a psychological thriller centered on the disappearance of the grandniece of a wealthy businessman. The Vegetarian by Han Kang follows a young wife in Seoul as she decides to become a vegetarian after a series of disturbing dreams. Please see our full Disclosure Policy here. Much of the Khazars history is disputed because they kept no written records themselves. Want to learn from and be inspired by some of the greatest writers of our time? published 1972, Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes (Paperback), Gloed & De erfenis van Eszter (Dwarsligger), Life Times: Stories, 1952-2007 (Hardcover), The Khoja Tales of Nasr-ed - Din (Paperback), The Silk, the Shears and Marina; or, About Biography (Paperback), Ik wilde alleen maar vrij zijn (Paperback). After she signs up for a beekeeping apprenticeship, she makes friends with a mismatched group of her new neighbors. Is ProWritingAid better than Grammarly? published 2012, avg rating 3.68 — Harrer’s intricate descriptions of Tibetan culture and customs have introduced millions of readers to the isolated country in the mountains between India and China. Often considered the greatest work of all German literature, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust is a tragic play detailing one man’s quest for all knowledge. Fuad al-Takarli’s The Long Way Back is a family saga following one four generations of one family living in Baghdad in the 1960s. Heidi by Johanna Spyri is a beloved classic about a young orphan girl who goes to live with her aging grandfather in the Swiss Alps. At the beginning of Zorba the Greek, the narrator meets the enthusiastic Alexis Zorba who is looking for work. Pynter Bender, a novel by Jacob Ross, follows a young field worker in Grenada whose eyesight is miraculously healed. Binwell Sinyangwe’s novel is full of hope and friendship in spite of—or because of—the day-to-day trials of its characters. Many books are written by a local author who knows the back streets and unspoken history of a place. Tom and his friends repeatedly make mischief through the summer and manage to interfere with a nefarious plot along the way. Although Shakespeare may have taken his inspiration from earlier Italian works, most of the setting and feel of Cyprus was his own addition to the story. Book rights, and especially eBook rights, can be messy. The essay explores post-colonialism, the effect of tourism, and lingering racism in the West Indes. Murdered mother. When Kumalo finally tracks down Absalom, he discovers Absalom has been in trouble and is accused of murder. The French author and journalist Albert Camus was born in French Algeria at the turn of the 20th century. The plot follows a father and son hired to do marble work in a grand mosque, based on the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque that was built while Burgess was living in Brunei. Widely regarded as the national epic of Poland, the book recounts a love affair between young adults from feuding nobility during the Russian occupation of parts of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Watch her full TED Talk: See more at, or explore interactive maps of Morgan's reading journey here. Proffy’s love for language and literature leads him to befriend a British officer despite his loyalty to the Israeli resistance. Each of the book’s chapters centers around a different fable the prophet uses to teach a moral. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels have won multiple awards and been adapted to highly successful Swedish films. I’ve been reading a lot of books set outside the U.S., so this was a perfect topic to think about. Before writing his masterpiece, Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess wrote Devil of a State—a novel based on his experiences living and working in Brunei in the late 1950s. Travels in Blood and Honey is part travel memoir, part recipe book, and part love letter to present-day Kosovo. published 2013, avg rating 3.86 — Take a trip around the globe and explore the people, history, and landforms of several fascinating countries. Reading a book allows you to visit somewhere new, transporting you to the past, an imagined future, and entirely new worlds. published 2008, avg rating 3.88 — Dr. Siri Paiboun, recently appointed state coroner for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery that he can solve only with the help of his friends and neighbors. As possibly the very first full-length novel from Croatia, The Return of Philip Latinowicz is a philosophical examination of how the past is constantly shaping decisions in the present. x 4.7 out of 5 stars 748. Pride and Prejudice follows the life of Elizabeth Bennet and her family as they welcome a new, eligible bachelor to the neighborhood. Alamut was inspired by Mussolini’s rule, but it has become a classic in fascist regimes around the world ever since. In the years leading up to World War II, a young Tunisian boy struggles to gain the acceptance of his country’s French elite. After September 11, 2001, Changez began to develop resentment toward the United States and its relations with Pakistan. Bohumil Hrabal’s novel is both ambitious in scope and intricately drawn: the small details and day-to-day experiences give the story a personal feel even as the characters face the overwhelming changes brought on by war and occupation. If you move to a new country or region, you can update the country or region that's associated with your Apple ID. Through the course of the novel, Mustafa reveals his colorful history to the narrator. Hundreds of thousands of ancient Islamic manuscripts were housed in Timbuktu’s libraries until al-Qaeda militants occupied the city in 2012. Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel follows a young Samoan girl as she comes of age on an island torn between tradition and Western cultures. Although her grandfather is not immediately pleased to be given care of Heidi, they quickly develop a strong bond. Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel tells the story of two young boys in Kabul against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s tumultuous political changes in the 1970s. She describes the experience and what she learned. published 1989, avg rating 4.03 — The infographic below, produced by the good folks at Global English Editing, lists books set in 150 different countries, inviting you to travel the world without leaving your living room. At times deeply disturbing, the plot follows the life of fifteen-year-old Hanna and her family living in Riga in the 1940s. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Hamsun uses incredible detail to describe the plight of his protagonist in the streets of Norway’s capital city. Jane Austen’s classic novel is one of the most widely read books in English worldwide. Welcome back. Read 13 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Farrell uses a heavy dose of satire to describe Singapore during World War II in The Singapore Grip. We reveal the verdict in our ProWritingAid review. Doña Bárbara by Rómulo Gallegos is a masterpiece of Venezuelan literature. At the end of the war, the narrator returns to Hungary and must come to terms with everything that has changed—including himself—since he was last in Budapest. If purchases are made using these links, we may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you! Weep Not, Child by Ngūgī wa Thiong’o was the first novel to be written in English by an East African author. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is an imagined prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Against the backdrop of their involvement, Suyin provides commentary about the relationship between Hong Kong and China and the wide variety of people currently living in Hong Kong. For fiction in 2008 political turmoil in Algeria throughout the story follows the daily life of fifteen-year-old Hanna and family! 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