Received a copy of Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer by Ann Morgan earlier this year. Anyway, I’m now starting to read it; looking forward to it to. I enjoyed her blog and her journey and, intrigued about the entire enterprise, was happy when she agreed to be interviewed for my other blog a while back. I thought I’d share the release that came with the book. It’s no less than I’d want any other writer and/or blogger to do for one of my books.
A thought-provoking and eye opening journey through world literature inspired by a quest to read a book from every country.
In 2012 the world arrived in London for the Olympics…and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries (plus one extra territory), sampling one book from every nation – from classics and folk tales to current favourites and commercial triumphs, via novels, short stories, memoirs, biographies, narrative poems and countless mixtures of all these things.
It wasn’t easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English. Then there are tiny, tucked-away places like Nauru and Tuvalu where very little is written down at all. Some countries have a culture of almost exclusive storytelling. Others have governments that don’t like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners.
Her literary adventures shed light on the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global. What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? What constitutes a national literature? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?
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