Good idea. The first to come to my mind is Spain as I've read very little since Cervantes and feel pretty ignorant so it would suit me. But so would so many other countries.
Spain isn't a bad idea! I suspect many of us are under-read in that category and yet a lot of Spanish lit is available in translation. I'd like to go beyond Cervantes and Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Most people are probably already doing okay regarding French lit I suppose... Germany would be another country of interest for me personally (regarding both classics and contemporary, the latter being something we hear little about). On the other hand, it'd be REALLY nice to take an in-depth look at the writing coming out of a non-Western country. I'd be game for just about any African country (I am sadly ignorant of most African writers), India, Vietnam and the Philippines are other places that come to mind (out of personal interest and a desire to familiarize myself with the writing).
Great idea. Spain does sound interesting. If we were to go non-western, I would be very interested in India or Japan.
If we go for a non 'western' country, I'd like to put China up for consideration?
Great idea! I really enjoy reading authors from different countries- I have an interest in China, Japan, India, Spain, & Germany. I’m fairly ignorant about any author not of North American or British origins, so I’d be game for anything.
I'll leave this up for awhile so everyone can list the countries that they're interested in, and then we can have a vote ^_^
India does sound interesting to me, as well; what little I've read of Indian literature, I've liked.
I've read a fair bit of Indian writing but most (if not all) of it was written in English. It would be interesting to see if there was a big difference between that and work translated from some of India's other languages.
I'm all for it. The Middle East region - Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, etc. speaking countries - is a big hole in my shelf. The same with Africa. All other countries mentioned here too. For sure the little I've read of one country is not representative at all of the diversity of writing in that country.
If the first one goes well, we can always do another country, too, after we wrap up the first to our satisfaction. The Middle East is also a big hole in my shelf.
I'd be interested in Nigerian lit and Chinese, too.
Great idea, Suze! I am always interested in reading more authors from Portugal and Spain, as well as from Latin-America.
Portugal and Spain might be an interesting duo to do together--especially with the Arab/Middle Eastern influence in the region.
Brazil will be nice too. A big Portuguese-speaking country.
Brazil crossed my mind - I can't think of a single Brazilian book that I've read.
Just to let you guys know in advance--if nobody minds, I am going to take Japan and Latin America (except Brazil) off the table just because we have done a lot of Japanese and Latin American lit in here already. I can think of many group reads from these two regions, plus a lot of our members have already been going through books from those countries and I don't want people to get bored. I would really love for us to sink our teeth into something we haven't tackled as a group yet :D
That makes sense, Suze. Japan and Latin American lit are pretty popular and it'd be nice to dig into a country or region of the world that's a bit less talked about.
I'm game for any of these suggestions but also am interested in France, Germany and Russia. I haven't read a lot of modern works from those countries.
Oh, just had a thought as I added one of Shahrnush Parsipur's novels to my TBR pile: what about Iran?
Following that wave, here's a website I've been using to learn about Iranian authors and poets: http://www.parstimes.com/literature/
I'm going to include Iran in the Middle East, if that's okay. I think that region is interesting, too.