Country List

I plan to read a book about each of the following 195 countries.

As of March 29, 2010 there are 192 members of the United Nations.  At the suggestion of About.com, I will be adding the Vatican City, Kosovo and Taiwan to that list.  (the Vatican City and Kosovo are  independent countries as recognized by the majority of the world; Taiwan meets the requirements for being an independent country, but is not internationally recognized)

Update: South Sudan gained independence in 2011.

After I read a book, I’ll record the book’s name and author and the day of my posting about that book.

Afghanistan – In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, posted 7/11/12
Albania – The Country Where No One Ever Dies by Ornela Vorpsi, posted 7/1/12
Algeria – So Vast the Prison by Assia Djebar, posted 10/1/13
Andorra – Nine Legends by Carli Bastida, posted 7/8/15
Angola – The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa, posted 4/8/14
Antigua and Barbuda – Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid, posted 9/28/10
Argentina – Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueros, posted 4/29/12
Armenia – Passage to Ararat by Michael J. Arlen, posted 6/2/16
Australia – Remembering Babylon by David Malouf, posted 5/25/10
Austria – Brenner and God by Wolf Haas, posted 12/2/12
Azerbaijan – The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya, posted 4/11/17
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh – The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam, posted 9/18/13
Barbados – The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke, posted 11/13/11
Belarus – Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich, posted 7/13/14
Belgium – The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs, posted 8/6/12
Belize – The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw by Bruce Barcott, posted 11/15/15
Benin – Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music by Angelique Kidjo with Rachel Wenrick, posted 4/30/17
Bhutan – What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, posted 5/18/14
Bolivia – Andean Express by Juan de Recacoechea, posted 4/10/11
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipović, posted 11/20/10
Botswana – Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott, posted 4/18/12
Brazil – The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles, posted 6/12/11
Brunei – Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Lauren Jillian, posted 10/7/16
Bulgaria – East of the West by Miroslav Penkov, posted 4/6/14
Burkina Faso – The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Somé, posted 1/24/15
Burundi – Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder, posted 12/4/16
Cabo Verde – The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araujo by Germano Almeida, posted 4/9/14
Cambodia – First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung, posted 10/31/10
Cameroon – Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, posted 12/6/16
Canada – A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, posted 11/08/13
Central African Republic – Song from the Forest by Louis Sarno, posted 9/25/16
Chad – A Teenager in the Chad Civil War: A Memoir of Survival, 1982-1986 by Ésaïe Toïngar, posted 8/20/17
Chile – The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, posted 5/30/10
China – To Live by Yu Hua, posted 4/18/10; Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong, posted 10/14/12
Colombia – The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, posted 8/30/11
Comoros – Last of the Pirates: The Search for Bob Denard by Samantha Weinberg, posted 6/18/17
Congo, Republic of the – Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou, posted 6/18/12
Congo, Democratic Republic of the – The Witch Doctor’s Wife by Tamar Myers, posted 9/12/11
Costa Rica – Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion edited by Barbara Ras, posted 1/6/15
Cote d’Ivoire – Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, posted 2/25/12
Croatia – Infidelities by Josip Novakovich, posted 12/31/11
Cuba- Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire, posted 8/22/10
Cyprus
Czech Republic – Gargling with Tar by Jáchym Topol, posted 8/16/14
Denmark – Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg, posted 10/2/10
Djibouti – In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi, posted 6/22/14
Dominica – Unburnable by Marie-Elena John, posted 2/4/16
Dominican Republic – In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, posted 4/25/10
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Ecuador – The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinago, posted 10/22/17
Egypt – The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany, posted 5/6/12
El Salvador – Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benítez, posted 7/24/10
Equatorial Guinea – By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, posted 1/31/15
Eritrea – I Didn’t Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong, posted 8/23/16
Estonia – Purge by Sofi Oksanen, posted 3/13/2011
Ethiopia – Notes from the Hyena’s Belly by Nega Mezlekia, posted 7/18/10
Fiji – On Fiji Islands by Ronald Wright, posted 11/12/16
Finland – Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo, posted 5/3/11
France – Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda, posted 5/18/12
Gabon – Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel, posted 12/11/15
The Gambia
Georgia – Stories I Stole: From Georgia by Wendell Steavenson, posted 10/1/15
Germany – The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, posted 3/16/13
Ghana – Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey, posted 6/3/12
Greece – Deadline in Athens by Petros Markaris, posted 4/29/14
Grenada – Angel by Merle Collins, posted 9/16/17
Guatemala – Severina by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, posted 12/1/14
Guinea – The Dark Child by Camara Laye, posted 3/8/17
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana – Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo, posted 4/3/14
Haiti – Krik! Krak? by Edwidge Danticat, posted 4/5/10
Honduras – Don’t Be Afraid, Gringo: The Story of Elvia Alvarado translated and edited by Medea Benjamin, posted 4/28/15
Hungary – Embers by Sándor Márai, posted 12/5/10
Iceland – Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, posted 12/16/11
India- The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, posted 6/17/10
Indonesia – All That Is Gone by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, posted 2/1/12
Iran – The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer, posted 7/4/10
Iraq – Zubaida’s Window by Iqbal Al-Qazwini, posted 4/27/13
Ireland – By the Lake by John McGahern, posted 5/9/10
Israel – Almost Dead by Assaf Gavron, posted 9/30/11
Italy – I’ll Steal You Away by Niccolò Ammaniti, posted 8/9/10
Jamaica – The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson, posted 1/9/11
Japan – The Devil’s Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe, posted 8/20/13
Jordan – Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan by Norma Khouri.  Honor Lost is a confirmed literary hoax.  Jordan will be represented by a reputable book at a later time.  Posted 7/4/11
Kazakhstan – Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer by Anatoli Boukreev, posted 3/27/16
Kenya – One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainana, posted 7/17/13
Kiribati – The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost, posted 7/5/15
Korea, North – Jia by Hyejin Kim, posted 2/6/2011
Korea, South – Fox Girl by Nora Okja Keller, posted 9/5/2010
Kosovo – Beyond the Mountains of the Damned: The War Inside Kosovo by Matthew McAllester, posted 1/11/17
Kuwait – The 99 by Naif Al-Mutawa, posted 10/29/2011
Kyrgyzstan – Jamilia by Chingiz Aïtmatov, posted 12/7/14
Laos – The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang, posted 6/14/14
Latvia – High Tide by Inga Ābele, posted 11/6/14
Lebanon- The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine, posted 5/15/11
Lesotho
Liberia – The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper, posted 5/24/11
Libya – In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar, posted 1/27/11
Liechtenstein
Lithuania – Stalemate by Icchokas Meras, posted 7/31/16
Luxembourg
Macedonia – Freud’s Sister by Goce Smilevski, posted 4/6/15
Madagascar – Antipode: Seasons with the Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar by Heather E. Heying, posted 2/25/16
Malawi – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, posted 4/2/11
Malaysia – The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng, posted 11/7/10
Maldives
Mali – Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway, posted 11/29/15
Malta
Marshall Islands – Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island by Peter Rudiak-Gould, posted 6/1/17
Mauritania – Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, posted 8/7/16
Mauritius – Darwin’s Wink by Alison Anderson, posted 1/2/11
Mexico – Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, posted 2/28/14
Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova – The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov, posted 3/24/15
Monaco – Grace of Monaco by Jeffrey Robinson, posted 7/9/17
Mongolia – The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag, posted 8/23/15
Montenegro
Morocco – Secret Son by Laila Lalami, posted 1/16/11
Mozambique – Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto, posted 4/4/13
Myanmar (Burma) – From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe, posted 3/17/12
Namibia – The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner, posted 9/19/10
Nauru
Nepal – The Royal Ghosts by Samrat Upadhyay, posted 1/16/11
Netherlands – The Dinner by Herman Koch, posted 5/9/13
New Zealand – Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff, posted 11/14/12
Nicaragua – The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli, posted 8/5/13
Niger – Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa by Peter Chilson, posted 5/4/16
Nigeria – GraceLand by Chris Abani, posted 7/17/11
Norway – Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, posted 5/2/10
Oman – The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye, posted 3/19/17
Pakistan – In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin, posted 11/14/10
Palau
Panama – Panama Fever: The Epic Story of One of the Greatest Human Achievements of All Time—the Building of the Panama Canal by Matthew Parker, posted 7/30/16
Papua New Guinea – Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, posted 6/6/10
Paraguay – The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck, posted 4/11/10
Peru – Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo, posted 12/24/10
Philippines – When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe, posted 4/22/11
Poland – Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa w/ art by Sylvain Savoia, posted 2/12/12
Portugal – The Implacable Order of Things by José Luís Peixoto, posted 10/28/14
Qatar – The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria, posted 3/2/17
Romania – The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller, posted 8/15/11
Russia – The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin, posted 7/24/13
Rwanda – The Antelope’s Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide by Jean Hatzfeld, posted 12/23/12
Saint Kitts and Nevis – A State of Independence by Caryl Phillips, posted 12/9/17
Saint Lucia – The Prodigal by Derek Walcott, posted 1/16/17
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa – Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel, posted 6/10/17
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia – Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, posted 8/15/10
Senegal – The Abandoned Baobab by Ken Bugul, posted 11/23/14
Serbia – Regards from Serbia by Aleksandar Zograf, posted 4/6/12
Seychelles – The Edge of Eden by Helen Benedict, posted 12/31/16
Sierra Leone – A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, posted 8/1/10
Singapore – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, posted 12/14/13
Slovakia – Siren of the Waters by Michael Genelin, posted 10/17/15
Slovenia – Forbidden Bread by Erica Johnson Debeljak, posted 6/28/17
Solomon Islands – One Blood by Graeme Kent, posted 10/25/15
Somalia – Secrets by Nuruddin Farah, posted 12/14/10
South Africa – Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk, posted 2/28/13
South Sudan – There Is a Country: New Fiction From the New Nation South Sudan edited by Nyuol Lueth Tong, posted 5/30/14
Spain – The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte, posted 6/24/11
Sri Lanka – Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje, posted 9/12/10
Sudan – What Is the What by Dave Eggers, posted 3/29/10
Suriname
Swaziland – When Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin, posted 4/8/17
Sweden – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, posted 10/26/10
Switzerland – Seven Years by Peter Stamm, posted 11/30/13
Syria – The Silence and the Roar by Nihad Sirees, posted 8/28/13
Taiwan – A Thousand Moons on a Thousand Rivers by Hsaio Li-hung, posted 5/7/15
Tajikistan
Tanzania – Desertion by Abdulzrazak Gurnah, posted 5/29/13
Thailand – Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, posted 6/5/11
Togo – An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie, posted 1/28/16
Tonga – Harpoon in My Hand by Olaf Ruhen, posted 11/23/16
Trinidad and Tobago – The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey, posted 10/14/11
Tunisia – Behind Closed Doors: Women’s Oral Narratives in Tunis by Monia Hejaiej, posted 8/9/15
Turkey – My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, posted 3/1/11
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda – Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana, posted 1/13/13
Ukraine – Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov, posted 12/14/14
United Arab Emirates – The Sand Fish by Maha Gargash, posted 5/8/14
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay – Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano, posted 8/28/12
Uzbekistan – Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia by Tom Bissell, posted 11/22/15
Vanuatu
Vatican City (Holy See) – The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis, posted 3/1/15
Venezuela – The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyszka, posted 11/16/14
Vietnam – Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong, posted 7/11/10
Yemen – I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali, posted 12/7/13
Zambia – Secrets of the Savanna: Twenty-three Years in the African Wilderness Unraveling the Mysteries of Elephants and People by Mark & Delia Owens, posted 9/10/16
Zimbabwe – Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller, posted 6/20/10

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  1. Great idea, Holly. What fascinating things we’ll all learn!

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  2. as far as Nigeria is concerned my suggestion is “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

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    • Thanks for the suggestion! “Things Fall Apart” is a classic. I’m having a tough time choosing the Nigeria book; there are so many authors to choose from. Right now I’m waffling between Ben Okri, Chris Abani and Nnedi Okorafor. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a book called “Half of a Yellow Sun” that is totally amazing. Usodinma Iweala gives his narrator a horrifically mesmerizing, poetic voice in “Beasts of No Nation”. And I’m sure there’s more…

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  3. Great idea! I am currently reading a book by an Egyptian author….if you’d like I’ll let you know how the story was when I am done. 🙂

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    • Please do! I haven’t decided on a book for Egypt yet.

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  4. Sounds like a great idea. I was going to recommend some books for Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but I see you have already read them. I will use go through your book list for recommendations.

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    • Recommend away! Even if I’ve already covered a country, I’d still like to hear about books that you’ve enjoyed.

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  5. […] https://worldlitup.com/country-list/ […]

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    • Thanks for your support. One of your readers already visited and commented on my blog…so your mention really makes a difference!

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  6. I just found you through Healing Pilgrim and think this is an incredible idea. I’m trying to do a lighter version and just reading through regions. I’ll be coming to you for ideas. For Mali, I recommend Monique and the Mango Rains. It is an incredible book written by a past Peace Corps volunteer.

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    • It was so generous of Healing Pilgrim to mention World Lit Up. I’m excited that you suggested Monique and the Mango Rains – it’s been on my reading list for a long time but I just haven’t gotten to it yet. If you come across any other books you think deserve a recommendation, let me know.

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  7. I came across this blog by chance and think you have a wonderful idea. I notice you haven`t done any books about Japan. May I be so bold as to recommend ‘The girl with the White flag’ by Tomiko Higa. It’s not your typical Japan book about geishas and the like but it is a moving story about the loss suffered by the ‘enemy’.

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    • Thanks for bringing Higa’s book to our attention. School Library Journal says, “Higa tells of her experiences as a seven year old wandering for seven weeks in battle-torn Okinawa in 1945.” I’ll add it to my list…Japan has so many translated authors I’m going to have a hard time choosing! Regardless of whether or not I read it for my blog, I love it when my readers share books that meant something to them.

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  8. A fabulous project! I know you’ve already read a book for Iran, but if you want to try something a bit different and come across any of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels (Persepolis, Chicken with Plums, etc), they’re fantastic. The same goes for Joe Sacco’s graphic novels (Footnotes from Gaza, Journalism, Palestine, etc.). Happy reading!

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    • Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve heard many good things about Persepolis; I plan on digging into it someday. I read Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde back when it was published over a decade ago and would like to check out the newer titles that you mentioned. Glad to have comments from a graphic novel fan…I’ve reported on a few for this project…check out my posts on Poland, Serbia and Cote d’Ivoire.

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      • It’s only the last few years that I’ve gotten into graphic novels, and I’m glad that I have as some of them are highly informative, inspiring and well executed. Thanks for the links. I’m already keen to get “Aya” and “Regards from Serbia.”

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