NPR’s best foreign books you’ve never heard of

Yesterday NPR had a spot, The Best Foreign Books You’ve Never Heard Of, in hopes of broadening our reading horizons.

Sounds good to me! And this may be just the time.

Britain
• Jonathan Coe, The Rotters’ Club and The House of Sleep

Russia
• Victor Pelevin, The Sacred Book of Werewolf and Buddha’s Little Finger
• Boris Akunin, The Winter Queen
• Ludmila Ulitskaya, The Funeral Party

Albania
• Ismail Kadare, The Three-Arched Bridge and Spring Flowers, Spring Frost (Read Excerpt)

Hungary
• Imre Kertesz, Fateless, The Pathseeker (Read Excerpt)

Portugal
• Antonio Lobo Antunes, What Can I Do When Everything’s on Fire?

Norway
• Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses

Egypt
• Naguib Mahfouz, The Thief and the Dogs
• Muhammad Yusuf Quayd, War in the Land of Egypt
• Alaa Al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building

Japan
• Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mexico
• Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz

They’re also taking suggestions.

(Via Shelf Awareness.)

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3 responses to “NPR’s best foreign books you’ve never heard of

  1. Ooh, I have to spend some time with this list so I can figure out which to add to my wishlist. Two are already on there! Thanks for posting this.

  2. Yeah, looks like a good list!

  3. Jessica Coleman

    “Out Stealing Horses” was absolutely gorgeous, and a really quick read.

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