A Perpetual Challenge
I have decided to do a personal challenge which is based in my love of literature by female authors AND my desire to read more translated books as well as novels from around the world. There is a fantastic electronic magazine called Belletrista which is the brainchild of one of my friends. This wonderful literary magazine has introduced me to a wide variety of books which you will rarely seen being marketed on the bestsellers lists, although they perhaps SHOULD be.
Belletrista is a not-for-profit, bimonthly web magazine which seeks both to encourage cross-cultural understanding through international literature written by women and to increase the visibility of that literature.
Here is my challenge idea (which is perpetual in nature). I am going to start making a list on this post of the books from each issue which interest me. Since I can see this list quickly spiraling out of control, my goal will be to read at least 75% of the books listed. Feel free to join me in this venture if you wish – although this challenge is completely informal – pick your own list of books, decide how many you want to read – and I am not creating a sign up or links to reviews (but if you are playing along with me, feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog so others can find you)!
Here are the links to the Belletrista Issues so far and my list of books under each issue that I want to read (with links to the review of them). Books I’ve read are in red with links to my reviews. A few of these books have already made it to my physical TBR pile (indicated by an asterisk):
- Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna (review) – Sierra Leone
- Delirium by Laura Restrepo – Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer (review) – Columbia
- For Grace Received by Valeria Parrella – Translated from the Italian by Anthony Shugaar (review) – Italy
- *The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini (review) – Zimbabwe
- Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne (review) – Sri Lanka
- God’s Mercy by Kerstin Ekman – Translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck (review) – Sweden
- *The Disappeared by Kim Echlin (review) – Canada and Cambodia
- *The Seamstress by Frances de Ponte Peebles (review) – Brazil
- *The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (review) – United States
- Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste (review) – Ethiopia
- *The Vera Wright Trilogy by Elizabeth Jolley (review) – England
- The Passport by Herta Muller (review) – Romania (COMPLETED November 26, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
- *Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (review) – Palestine
- Touch by Adania Shibli – Translated from the Arabic by Paula Haydar – (review) – Palastine
- *Map of Home by Randa Jarrar (review) – Egypt
- *The China Garden by Christina Olsen (review) – Australia
- *Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Pinero – Translated from the Portuguese by Miranda France (review) – Argentina