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And the second of my two reading challenges for 2010! I loved this one for its gorgeous representative picture as much as for the idea. This is from Dreadlock Girl and is called the Orbis Terrarum Reading Challenge. The point is to take eight months to read eight books from anywhere in the world other than your own country. I have to say, much of what I’ve ever learned of the ways in which people in different parts of the world live and think  (and lived and thunk) came from reading fiction, so this is, in my opinion, a fine idea. It isn’t necessary to put up a definite list, but I have some ideas already (not in the order I’ll read them).
1.  Europe — Germany — The Magic Mountain — Thomas Mann
2.  Africa — Egypt —  something by Naguib Mahfouz
3.  South America — Argentina — Fictions — Jorge Luis Borges
4.  Asia — China — Monkey — Wu Cheng En
5.  Asia — Japan — The Tale of Genji — Murasaki Shikibu
6.  Another one from Latin America — maybe Roberto Bolano
7.  Australia — True History of the Kelly Gang — Peter Carey
8.  And I want one from the Caribbean or from the Pacific Islands. Might be difficult to manage, but let’s see what I come up with.

Also, my personal bonus reading for the sake of understanding the world will be The Adventures of Amir Hamza, in translation by Musharraf Ali Farooqi. From my neighbourhood in the Indian Subcontinent, yes, but I’m throwing it in, nonetheless–I can never read enough about the subcontinent and it will provide contrast and something to keep coming “home” to. It’s a fat, fat book, so I don’t anticipate finishing it all at one go, but promise to have it done by the end of November when the challenge ends.

I’ll keep track of reading for this challenge here, in a list below to be updated as I finish books, and will tag relevant posts as “Orbis Terrarum 2010” (see tag cloud on the right). Amir Hamza might get more than one post to himself. I can’t see myself shutting up about him with just a thousand words or so of blogging.


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