Here at The Librocubicularista, we believe that books are little windows to culture. You may not have the whole picture and the picture may even be wrong, but you still learn something from all these depictions of different worlds.
Westerners usually read a lot of… books written by Westerners. All the so-called classics, all popular and canonical books are mostly Western-based in term of culture. This is why C. started this project.
Over the next few years, we will add books from all around the world to our reading list. We will review them, and compile the official Librocubicularista “Around the World Project Reading List”. We will add the books that we want to read, those we have read, our favourites, etc.
We will also take your suggestions, so do not hesitate to write to us to propose a book, even your book if it fits the following criteria: the book is set in a country that isn’t the USA, Canada, or the UK, it is a fiction, the writer is preferably from the country that is depicted, it is not known to be a false representation (if it is, why should we read it?).
To use this list keep in mind that books who have been reviewed will be underlined, books that have been read but not reviewed will be in bold, and unread recommended books will be in italics.
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia: The Secret River, by Kate Greenville / Remembering Babylon, by David Malouf
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Dominica: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
France: Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber
India: Cracking India, by Bapsi Sidhwa / The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
Ireland: Castle Rackrent, by Maria Edgeworth
Kenya: A Grain of Wheat, by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
Micronesia, Federated States of
New Zealand: The Bone People, by Keri Hulme
Nigeria: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe / Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / GraceLand, by Chris Abani
Pakistan: Moth Smoke, by Mohsin Hamid
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Sierra Leone A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah
South Africa: Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee / Waiting for the Barbarians, by J.M. Coetzee / Foe, by J.M. Coetzee
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Zimbabwe: Nervous Conditions, by Tsitsi Pagerembga