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Recent Fiction From Around the Globe

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October is Global Diversity Awareness Month

This list is a supplement to Multicultural Fiction: Read Around the World

Afghanistan:

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
Earth and Ashes, Atiq Rahimi

Albania:

Chronicle in Stone, Ismail Kadare

Algeria:

Century of Locusts, Malika Mokeddem
Autumn of the Phantoms, Yasmina Khadra

Antigua:

Mr. Potter, Jamaica Kincaid

Argentina:

259 Leaps, the Last Immortal, Alicia Kozameh
Heaven of Drums, Ana Gloria Moya

Armenia:

Rise the Euphrates, Carol Edgarian
The Last Day of the War, Judith Claire Mitchell

Australia:

Moonlight Downs, Adrian Hyland
Breath, Tim Winton

Austria:

Greed, Elfriede Jelinek
A Song for Summer, Eva Ibbotson

Bangladesh:

Brick Lane, Monica Ali
A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam

Bolivia:

The Matter of Desire, Edmundo Paz Soldán

Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia:

Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Josip Novakovich
Nowhere Man, Aleksandar Hemon

Brazil:

The Women of Tijucopapo, Marilene Felinto
Little Star of Bela Lua, Luana Monteiro

Burma:

The Bridge Over the River Kwai, Pierre Boulle
The Glass Palace, Amitav Ghosh

Cameroon:

The Amputated Memory: A Song-Novel, Werewere Liking
Dog Days: An Animal Chronicle, Alain Patrice Nganang

Canada:

The End of East, Jen Sookfong Lee
The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney

Chile:

Inés of My Soul, Isabel Allende
The Dancer and the Thief, Antonio Skármeta

China:

Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, Xiaolu Guo
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai, Anyi Wang

Colombia:

Tales From the Town of  Widows & Chronicles From the Lands of Men, James Cañón
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Cuba:

A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World Was Good), Oscar Hijuelos
Dancing to “Almendra,” Mayra Montero

Czech Republic:

Lovely Green Eyes, Arnošt Lustig
When Eve Was Naked: Stories of a Life’s Journey, Josef Škvorecký

Denmark:

The Quiet Girl, Peter Høeg
Under the Sun, Hanne Marie Svendsen

Dominican Republic:

In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
Drown, Junot Díaz

Egypt:

Nadia’s Song, Soheir Khashoggi
The Dreams, Najib Mahfuz

El Salvador:

The Weight of All Things, Sandra Benítez

Finland:

The Parson’s Widow, Marja-Liisa Vartio

France:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
This Night’s Foul Work, Fred Vargas

Germany:

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, Sasa Stanisic
A Paragon of Virtue, Christian von Ditfurth

Ghana:

The Prophet of Zongo Street: Stories, Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Greece:

Little Infamies: Stories, Panos Karnezis
The Jasmine Isle, Ioanna Karystiane

Guatemala:

The Divine Husband, Francisco Goldman
When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep, Sylvia Sellers-García

Hungary:

To Err is Divine, Ágota Bozai
The Rebels, Sándor Márai

Iceland:

Voices, Arnaldur Indriðason
Under the Glacier, Halldór Laxness

India:

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
The Toss of a Lemon, Padma Viswanathan

Iran:

Caspian Rain, Gina Barkhordar Nahai
The Septembers of Shiraz, Dalia Sofer

Iraq:

A Sky So Close, Betool Khedairi
The Loved Ones, Alia Mamdouh

Ireland:

The Journey Home, Dermot Bolger
The Gathering, Anne Enright

Israel:

Snapshots, Michal Govrin
A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua

Italy:

Between Two Seas, Carmine Abate
The Paper Moon, Andrea Camilleri

Japan:

Real World, Natsuo Kirino
After Dark, Haruki Murakami

Jordan:

West of the Jordan, Laila Halaby

Korea:

Somebody's Daughter, Marie Myung-Ok Lee
The Guest, Hwang Sok-Yong

Lebanon:

A House at the Edge of Tears, Vénus Khoury-Ghata
The Bullet Collection,Patricia Sarrafian Ward

Mexico:

Happy Families: Stories, Carlos Fuentes
No One Will See Me Cry, Cristina Rivera-Garza

Morocco:

The Last Friend,Tahar Ben Jelloun
Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits, Laila Lalami

Nepal:

Mountains Painted with Turmeric,Lil Bahadur Chettri
The Royal Ghosts: Stories, Samrat Upadhyay

Netherlands:

Dekok and Murder by Installment: Number Twenty-Two in the Inspector Dekok Series, A. C. Baantjer
The Floodmakers, Mylène Dressler

New Zealand:

The Method Actors, R. Carl Shuker
Departure Lounge, Chad Taylor

Nigeria:

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Measuring Time,  Helon Habila

Pakistan:

A Case of Exploding Mangoes,Mohammed Hanif
Broken Verses, Kamila Shamsie

Palestine:

The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant, Sahar Khalifeh

Peru:

Cellophane, Marie Arana
War by Candlelight: Stories, DanielAlarcón

Portugal:

Knowledge of Hell, António Lobo Antunes
The Return of the Caravels, António Lobo Antunes

Puerto Rico:

The Meaning of Consuelo, Judith Ortiz Cofer
Flight of the Swan, Rosario Ferré 

Russia:

Special Assignments: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin, Boris Akunin
The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, Victor Pelevin

Saudi Arabia:

Girls of Riyadh, Rajaa Alsanea
An Eye for an Eye, Bandula Chandraratna

Singapore:

Breaking the Tongue, Vyvyane Loh
Shadow Theatre, Fiona Cheong

Somalia:

Knots, Nuruddin Farah

  South Africa:

Other Lives: A Novel in Three Parts, André Philippus Brink
A Family in Full, Vanessa Del Fabbro

Spain:

For a Sack of Bones, Lluís-Anton Baulenas
The King's Gold, Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Sri Lanka:

Anil's Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
Bodies in Motion: Stories, Mary Anne Mohanraj

Sweden:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson  
The Glass Devil, Helene Tursten

Switzerland:

The Chinaman, Friedrich Glauser

Taiwan:

The Old Capital: A Novel of Taipei, Tianxin Zhu
Orphan of Asia, Zhuoliu Wu

Thailand:

Sightseeing: Stories, Rattawut Lapcharoensap
A Nail Through the Heart, Timothy Hallinan

Trinidad/Tobago:

Tide Running, Oonya Kempadoo
Bruised Hibiscus, Elizabeth Nunez

Turkey:

The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak
Nieve, Orhan Pamuk

Uganda:

Waiting, Goretti Kyomuhendo
Snakepit, Moses Isegawa

Vietnam:

We Should Never Meet: Stories, Aimee Phan
Le Colonial, Kien Nguyen

Zimbabwe:

The Leper Compound, Paula Nangle
The Stone Virgins, Yvonne Vera

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