Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

Today is World Book Day and I'm trying to get into the spirit of things. Of course, (1) I have a slightly different take on World Reading Day, as I like to think of it as a chance to celebrate reading from around the globe, and (2) it's not as if I have a moment to read anything today.

So, in the spirit of things I've been toting around my Good Reading Guide: World Fiction, and I even managed to read the introduction while presiding on my porcelain throne a while back. But mostly it was used as a prop at today's Barber of Seville rehearsal (and unfortunately kicked around by the Rosina).

If you have a chance, though, be sure to do a bit of reading today. And if you can and are so inclined, read something by an author from a different part of the world. If I may be so bold to make a few recommendations:

  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is perhaps the most brilliant African writer (in my limited experience of African writers). His Wizard of the Crow is a brilliant parody of conditions in an African dictatorship.
  • Shusaku Endo is a perceptive and sensitive Japanese author, whose novel Silence is probably his best known work.
  • Andrey Kurkov is a Ukrainian novelist whose satires of post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia are a pleasure to read. I would begin (as I did) with Death and the Penguin.

And, of course, as you know, there are thousands of other great "world" reads. Do you have any recommendations for me?

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.