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The 9 Country Author Cruise

For the second time now, I have decided to join a reading challenge. After signing up for the Russian trip, I have decided to go on a world tour – 9 countrie to be precise. The Orbis Terrarum (whole world) challenge being hosted by B&b Ex-Libris is a truly irresistible one. No one can give you as much variety and quality at the same time. I need to pick 9 books from authors of 9 different countries (the best part being I can change the same anytime). Here is my pick currently:

  1. The Prague Orgy Philip Roth (US)
  2. Cat and Mouse Gunter Grass (Poland)
  3. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami (Japan)
  4. Ignorance Milan Kundera (Czechkoslovakia)
  5. The White Tiger Aravind Adiga (India)
  6. Plague Albert Camus (Algeria)
  7. The Case of Exploding Mangoes Mohammad Hanif (Pakistan)
  8. Under the Net Iris Murdoch (Ireland)
  9. The Life and Times of Michael K J.M. Coetzee (South Africa)

Using the flexibility provided by this challenge, I have edited the list. A word for the book that helped me compile this list – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and the Booker Longlist 2008 (UPDATE). It is a fascinating collectors piece for any book-lover, whether you agree with the compilation or not.