Summer Reading: World Cup Writers Reading List!

flags-69190_640Not sure what to read this summer? Take a look at our reading list inspired by the World Cup. Each country that competed in the tournament is represented by an author.  We often don’t get enough exposure to international literature and this list is a great way to start. In keeping with our mission, the authors chosen are either activists or write stories featuring those who are marginalized in their own society. This list is a great introduction to social justice issues in other countries.

 

 

 

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) – Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah
  • Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana) – Changes
  • Isabel Allende (Chile) - Of Love and Spirits, House of the Spirits
  • Ramon Amaya Amador (Honduras) – Prisión Verde/Green Prison (Spanish)
  • James Baldwin (U.S.A.) – The Fire Next Time, Notes of a Native Son
  • Mario Benedetti (Uruguay) – Primavera con una Esquina Rota/Spring with a Broken Corner (Spanish), Little Stones at My Window
  • Edgar Brau (Argentina) – Suite Argentina/Argentine Suite (Spanish), Casablanca and Other Stories
  • Chico Buarque (Brazil) – Spilt Milk, Construção (music album in Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Elena Chizhova (Russia) – The Time of Women
  • Jean Christophe-Rufin (France) – Brazil Red
  • Mohammed Dib (Algeria) – Un Été Africain/An African Summer (French), The Savage Night
  • Sotiris Dimitriou (Greece) – May Your Name Be Blessed
  • Renate Dorrestein (Netherlands) – A Heart of Stone
  • Frieda Ekotto (Cameroon) – Chucote pas trop/Don’t Whisper Too Much (French)
  • Zlata Filipovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) – Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo
  • Dario Fo (Italy) – Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!
  • Cornelia Funke (Germany) – Inkheart (Children’s book 8-12), Dragon Rider (Children’s book 7-10)
  • Federico Garcia Lorca (Spain) – Poet in New York , Three Tragedies: Blood Wedding, Yerma, Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia) – Autumn of the Patriarch, News of a Kidnapping
  • Kate Grenville (Australia) – The Secret River, The Lieutenant
  • Roya Hakakian (Iran) – Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace
  • Jorge Icaza (Ecuador) – The Villagers (Huasipungo)
  • Natsuo Kirino (Japan) – Out, Grotesque
  • Ahmadou Kourouma (Cote d’Ivoire) – Allah is Not Obliged, The Suns of Independence
  • Miroslav Krleza (Croatia) – On the Edge of Reason, The Banquet in Blitva
  • Suzanne Lilar (Belgium) – Le Burlador (French), Aspects of Love in Western Society
  • Carmen Lyra (Costa Rica) – The Subversive Voice of Carmen Lyra: Selected Works, Cuentos de Mi Tia Panchita/Stories from My Aunt Panchita (Spanish, children’s stories)
  • Angeles Mastretta (Mexico) – Women with Big Eyes, Lovesick
  • J.K. Rowling (England) – The Casual Vacancy, The Cuckoo’s Calling
  • Jose Saramago (Portugal) – Blindness, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
  • Ko Un (Korea Republic) – Little Pilgrim, The Three Way Tavern: Selected Poems
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