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message 1: by Cassandra (last edited Dec 09, 2016 09:01AM) (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH LANGUAGE
Duration: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017


Read books originally published in languages other than your own. You can use listopias such as Foreign Books Translated to English, Translated Speculative Fiction, and Favorite Translated Literature to get ideas.

Examples:
Japanese: Norwegian Wood
Chinese: The Three-Body Problem
Russian: Anna Karenina
Swedish: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Member-suggested resources:
21 of the Best New Novels Translated into English
Required Reading: The books that students read in 28 countries around the world


message 2: by Cassandra (last edited May 25, 2017 04:56PM) (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments How to Participate
1. Post here telling the challenge leader that you'd like to join the challenge. You can choose your books for the challenge at the beginning, or add them as you go. You can join a challenge at any time, as long as the challenge is still active.

2. Whenever you finish a book for the challenge, post here and let the challenge leader know so they can update your progress.

Some members choose to update their original post with their progress to keep track of their challenge more easily, but make sure to also post a new message so the challenge leader knows to go look at your original post. You can look at how other members report their progress to find a strategy that works well for you.

For more information about how challenges work, check out this thread or ask your challenge leader.

Participants:
A. | 0/5
Adam | 0/20
Agnieszka | 0/10
Alexandra | 3/10
Alexxy | 0/5
alsmilesalot | 0/6
Amanda | 1/5
Amanda [Perrine] | 0/12
Amanda R | 5/10
Andrew | 0/10
Anita | 0/5
Anna | 5/10
Apostolos | 3/6
Berit | 10/10
Caitlin | 0/3
Candiss | 2/6
Caro | 0/10
Carol | 0/4
Carri | 0/2
Carrie | 0/2
Charity | 0/5
Chelsea | 0/5
Chema | 0/12
Cheri | 5/5
Christina | 0/10
Christina | 1/5
Cindy III | 0/8
Claire | 3/10
Claire [proud-mum] | 1/12
Clare | 1/5
cobean. | 0/5
Cosmic | 0/5
Cynthia | 0/5
Day | 3/5
Diana | 12/10
Dominique | 0/10
Ecem | 4/11
Elina | 0/8
Erika | 0/10
Erin | 0/5
Gail | 2/5
Gayatri | 0/5
Gem | 0/10
Hailey | 0/20
Harsha | 0/7
Healer | 0/7
Heather | 5/12
Imbunche | 3/5
Jae | 5/20
Jane | 4/10
Janine | 4/6
Jennifer [Bratton] | 0/21
Jennifer [Nelson] | 0/15
Jenny | 0/10
Jessica | 0/5
Kadijah Michelle | 1/5
Karen | 5/5
Karoline | 0/5
Kate | 0/5
Katherine | 0/10
KellI | 4/10
Kiwi | 8/5
Kristin | 4/5
kyla | 0/10
Lauri | 0/10
Laurie | 4/5
Ligia | 0/15
Lindsay | 3/7
Lisa [G. P.] | 3/5
Lisa (Likenbooks) | 0/12
Lulu | 0/5
Lynn | 12/10
Maaike | 10/20
Marie | 1/12
Maria | 0/5
Marina H | 2/5
Mary-Lynne | 0/10
Maureen | 0/10
Meagan | 0/10
Meaghan | 4/10
Melanie [melaniebopp] | 0/8
Melanie [twilightmama101] | 1/5
Michaela | 0/10
Mie | 7/10
Mindy | 1/10
Miriam | 1/10
Nancy | 0/5
Nicole | 0/5
Nik | 3/4
Nurai | 0/7
Olivia | 0/5
Paul | 2/5
Q | 0/5
Rowizyx | 3/20
Sam F | 0/10
Samantha | 0/5
Sheila | 1/8
Shelly | 0/3
Sherry | 0/5
Siegwalt | 0/5
Susan | 5/10
Susan C | 0/5
Tammy | 0/5
Tanya | 0/10
Tina | 0/10
Toni | 0/5
Tracye | 0/7
Tulika | ?
Veena | 0/5
Vicki | 0/10
Voracious_reader | 0/5
Wayne | 12/30
Yaara | 4/10
Zita | 0/5


message 3: by Gem (last edited Dec 01, 2016 08:54PM) (new)

Gem  | 184 comments I'm in for 10!


message 4: by Candiss (new)

Candiss (tantara) | 996 comments Yes, please!

A couple of questions:

1. Do we choose a goal total, or does this challenge work differently?
2. Are we to read from as many different source languages as possible, or just as many translated books? For example, could I count 2 books originally written in Japanese, or does the first Japanese work fill that language's "slot"?


message 5: by Lauri (last edited Jan 22, 2017 04:52PM) (new)

Lauri Saplad (otwlauri) | 137 comments Sign me up for 10 in 2017!
1 / 10

1. Japanese - Silence by Shūsaku Endō 1/21/17
2. German - Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
3. Dutch - Diary of a Young Girl
4. Swedish - A Man Called Ove
5. Spanish - Blindness
6. French - Suite Francaise
7. Czech - the Unbearable Lightness of Being

Silence by Shūsaku Endō


message 6: by Anna (last edited Sep 30, 2017 05:02AM) (new)

Anna Glebova (annaglebova) | 1163 comments I'll read 10 book for this challenge.

✅ Italian: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 01/28/2017 ★★★★☆
German: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
✅ French: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 05/08/2017 ★★★★★
✅ Russian: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 05/30/2017 ★★★☆☆
✅ Spanish: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 04/11/2017 ★★★★☆
✅ Greek: The Iliad by Homer 04/03/2017 ★★★★☆
✅ Japanese: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 09/30/2017 ★☆☆☆☆
✅ Swedish: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 03/18/2017 ★★★★☆
Portuguese: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
Polish: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

7/10


message 7: by Lulu (last edited Jan 22, 2017 02:13PM) (new)


message 8: by Nurai (new)

Nurai | 678 comments This sounds nice, I'll try for 7 and maybe I'll increase my goal later.

0/7


message 9: by Amanda (last edited Nov 02, 2017 04:40AM) (new)

Amanda R (fairyteapot) | 1308 comments Around the World Through Language
Duration: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017


Russian

1. Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy Completed 6/01/17 Rating 3 stars

2. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy Completed 16/4/17 Rating 3 stars

3. The Devil by Leo Tolstoy Completed 2/7/17 Rating 3 stars

4. French

A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot Completed 14/01/17 Rating 4 stars

5. Danish

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen Completed 21/01/17 Rating 3 stars

German

6. The New Sufferings of Young W. by Ulrich Plenzdorf Completed 8/3/17 Rating 3 stars

7. The Judgement by Franz Kafka Completed 21/6/17 Rating 2 stars

8. the Stoker by Franz Kafka Completed 30/9/17 Rating 3 stars

9. Czech

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera Completed 21/6/17 Rating 3 stars

10. Portuguese

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho Completed 25/6/17 Rating 3 stars

11. Japanese

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondō Completed 7/7/17 Rating 4 stars

12. Swedish

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson Completed 20/8/17 Rating 4 stars


12/12

Challenge completed


message 10: by Dominique (last edited Dec 02, 2016 05:16AM) (new)


message 11: by Cheri (last edited Jul 28, 2017 10:50AM) (new)

Cheri (jovali2) I'm in for 5!

6/5 - **CHALLENGE COMPLETE**

1. Japanese: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (4 stars). Translated by Megan Backus.
2. Icelandic: The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (4 stars). Translated by Brian FitzGibbon.
3. Italian: The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri (4 stars). Translated by Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush.
4. Swedish: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (3 stars). Translated by Henning Koch.
5. Portuguese: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1 star)
6. Korean: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang, translated by Chi-Young Kim (5 stars)


message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin (ezridar03) | 321 comments I will plan for 5.

1. Portuguese: Blindness
2. Swedish: A Man Called Ove
3. French: Les Misérables
4. Spanish: The Shadow of the Wind
5. German: Ruby Red

0/5


message 13: by Kate (last edited Nov 07, 2017 02:58PM) (new)

Kate I will do 5!

4/5

1. Russian: Anna Karenina
2. French: Les Misérables
3. German: Ruby Red
4. Swedish: A Man Called Ove
5. Spanish: Love in the Time of Cholera


message 14: by Lynn (last edited Apr 03, 2017 09:55AM) (new)

Lynn (lmelliott) | 686 comments I'm in for ten. I have multiples from the Swedish and Japanese to read, but I'll try for 10 languages to start.

Around the World Through Language
January 1 - December 31, 2017~~~Progress/Goal: 12/10 Languages - COMPLETE

✔Japanese - The Graveyard Apartment: A Novel -- 01/07/17
✔Spanish - The Japanese Lover -- 01/24/17
✔Swedish - Detective Inspector Huss -- 01/29/17
✔Korean - The Vegetarian -- 01/30/17
✔Norwegian - The Drowned Boy -- 02/14/17
✔Icelandic - Snowblind -- 02/18/17
✔Russian - Roadside Picnic -- 02/20/17
✔Danish - The Marco Effect -- 03/01/17
✔Italian - My Brilliant Friend -- 03/13/17
✔Polish - This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen -- 03/26/17
✔French - A Climate of Fear -- 03/29/17
✔Dutch - Summer House with Swimming Pool -- 04/03/17


Edited: 04/03/17


message 15: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikarae) | 708 comments I'm going to go for 10 write now! Thanks :)


message 17: by Maria (new)

Maria (smariastefani) | 64 comments I'm in for 5 :D


message 18: by Lindsay (last edited Nov 20, 2017 02:05PM) (new)

Lindsay | 1311 comments I'm in for 7.

1) Strange Weather in Tokyo - Japanese
2) Babette's Feast - Danish
3) The House of the Spirits - Spanish
4) The Little Prince - French
5) Kitchen - Japanese
6) The Summer Book - Swedish
7) A Man Called Ove - Swedish
8) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Japanese

8/7 Complete


message 19: by Charity (last edited Dec 01, 2017 04:31PM) (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments I'm in for 5.

Goal 4/5

1. Norwegian: Cockroaches by Jo Nesbø 7/16/17
2. Swedish: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson 10/22/17
3. Japanese: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 11/24/17
4. German: Heidi by Johanna Spyri 11/27/17
5. Spanish: The House of the Spirits, Love in the Time of Cholera, or One Hundred Years of Solitude


message 20: by KellI (last edited Sep 01, 2017 09:17AM) (new)

KellI Preston | 156 comments I am joining and am in for 10!
1. Swedish: Beartown
2. Spanish: The Japanese Lover
3. Danish: The Boy in the Suitcase
4. German: April in Paris
5. (French: The complete Persepolis)
6. Portuguese: The Spy
7. Norwegian: I Refuse
8. (Japanese: memoirs of a polar bear)
9. Spanish: Love in the Time of Cholera
10.


message 21: by Alexxy (last edited Dec 02, 2016 04:45PM) (new)

Alexxy | 270 comments I'll try for 5.


message 23: by Mie (last edited Aug 27, 2017 12:21PM) (new)

Mie | 1806 comments COMPLETE ✔️
I will have a go at 10 languages.

Around the world through language - 10/10
Duration: 1st January - 31st December 2017
Last update: 27 Aug 2017

✅ 1. Swedish - Ting, min søn skal vide om verden ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 2. Japanese - The Briefcase ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 3. French - Round the Moon ⭐️⭐️
✅ 4. Spanish - Love in the Time of Cholera ⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 5. German - Back from Africa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 6. Dutch - Crusade in Jeans ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 7. Portuguese - The Alchemist ⭐️⭐️
✅ 8. Icelandic - DNA ⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 9. English - Dracula ⭐️⭐️⭐️
✅ 10. Polish - The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy ⭐️⭐️⭐️


message 24: by Laurie (last edited Apr 09, 2017 08:26PM) (new)


message 25: by Maureen (new)

Maureen | 238 comments I'm in for 10. Hope to increase this number during the year.


message 26: by Gail (new)

Gail (abbygg) | 323 comments Please put me in for 5.


message 27: by Anita (last edited Dec 27, 2017 11:52PM) (new)


message 28: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Lauri wrote: "Sign me up for 10 in 2017!"

All Quiet On The Western Front is one of my all time favorite books. Hope you'll enjoy it!


message 29: by Alexandra (last edited Dec 04, 2016 04:16AM) (new)

Alexandra I'll try for 10:

1. Turkish Three Daughters of Eve
2. Dutch The Diary of a Young Girl
3. Korean The Vegetarian
4. Spanish Love in the Time of Cholera
5. Italian The Prince
6. German The Appointment
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message 30: by Heather (last edited Dec 26, 2017 12:16PM) (new)

Heather (bigaitchc) I'm in for 12, one a month

January: The Ice Princess SWEDISH
February: A Well-Tempered Heart GERMAN
March: Journey to the Centre of the Earth FRENCH
April: Snowblind ICELANDIC
May: Britt-Marie Was Here SWEDISH
June: The Devotion of Suspect X JAPANESE
July: The Keeper of Lost Causes DENMARK
August: Only Daughter AUSTRALIAN
September: Freeing Grace NEW ZEALAND
October: Kill the Father ITALY
November: The House by the River GREEK
December: The Alchemist PORTUGUESE


message 31: by Sheila (last edited Nov 06, 2017 03:27PM) (new)

Sheila | 92 comments Completed, but continuing
I'll try 8
Sorry I didn't do a very good job of updating, but I finished :)


1. Malayalam* - Hangwoman
2. Chinese* - The Art of War
3. Malay* - The Original Dream
4. Afrikaans - Devil's Peak
5. Bengali* - The Fugitive
6. Swedish* - The Girl in the Spider's Web
7. French - Syndrome E
8. Portuguese - The Alchemist
9. Italian - The Prince
10. Japanese - 1Q84
11. Icelandic - The Flatey Enigma
12. Danish - The Boy in the Suitcase


message 32: by Jennifer (last edited Dec 03, 2016 03:57PM) (new)

Jennifer Bratton | 11 comments I like that idea of one a month...but then I like languages...so I am going to try to do as many as I can...currently I have a list of 21 languages...see how it goes.


message 33: by Katherine (last edited Jan 15, 2017 10:27AM) (new)

Katherine | 79 comments Around the World Through Language
1st Jan - 31st Dec 2017.

1. Japanese: Blue Exorcist, Vol. 14 20/1/17
2. Chinese: Bridge to Terabithia
3. German: Samson's Lovely Mortal 13/1/17
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Blue Exorcist, Vol. 14 (Blue Exorcist, #14) by Kazue Kato Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires, #1) by Tina Folsom Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


message 34: by Cassandra (last edited Dec 03, 2016 04:35PM) (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Great questions, Candiss! Sorry for the delay in my response - I'm traveling for work this week.

You pick the number of books! I'm pretty sure the original intent of the challenge was to pick a number of languages and read that many books, but I have no problem if you want to flip it around and just read as many translated books as possible.

Welcome to the challenge, everyone!


message 35: by Candiss (last edited Sep 02, 2017 08:18AM) (new)

Candiss (tantara) | 996 comments Thanks for the clarification, Cassandra! I was going to try to only choose books for challenges from the books I already own, but it seems I have a ton of Japanese, Chinese, and French translations. I will stick with the original intent of the challenge and read only one book per language, getting some from the library.

I'll go for 6 books.

1. Chinese: The Three-Body Problem - Liu Cixin (owned)
2. Spanish: Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin
3. Japanese: Some Prefer Nettles - Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (owned)
4. Ancient Greek: Agamemnon - Aeschylus (owned)
5. Russian: The Nose - Nikolai Gogol (owned)
6. Korean: Human Acts - Han Kang

Read: 6/6

COMPLETED!


message 36: by Gabriella (last edited Dec 03, 2016 07:42PM) (new)

Gabriella | 394 comments Well, that's easy :P I don't live in a English speaking country, so most of the books I have and read are either from the States, UK, Canada, Russia, Italy, Germany, France or Spain. I also have a couple from Argentina, Chile and Australia.

I'm in for 50 books and how many different languages I can find around here.


message 37: by Kristy (last edited Dec 03, 2016 07:00PM) (new)

Kristy Around the World Through Language
Duration: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

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message 38: by Carol (new)

Carol Strange | 22 comments I'd like to join this challenge with 5 books from 5 languages. I hope I can read even more.


message 39: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Dziubek I'm in for seven!


message 40: by Diana (new)

Diana Hudac (ladyanaid) | 196 comments I am in with 10. :)


message 41: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka (agnieszka7) | 585 comments Cassandra, I need some clarification!

Read books originally published in languages other than your own. => I was born in Poland, but spend more than 2/3 of my life in Germany and read mostly books in English since about five years. Would that mean I cannot choose any of those languages or should I choose books not in German / from Germany since that's the language and culture I'm most familiar with by now? And could I also count books written in/translated to Polish or English since I'm struggling with both languages pretty much or at least I'm not fluent in (any more)?


message 42: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Good question, Agnieszka! Choose your native-most language (sounds like German?) and read books outside of that.


message 43: by Gayatri (last edited Sep 02, 2017 10:19PM) (new)

Gayatri Interesting challenge. I would like to join in for 5 books.

3/5

1. French - The Little Prince
2. German - Gut gegen Nordwind
3. German - Alle sieben Wellen


message 44: by kyla (new)

kyla | 16 comments I would like to join for 10 books please :)

1. Baho!: A Novel - Roland Rugero, originally published in Kirundi, the Bantu language of Burundi
2. Man Tiger - Eka Kurniawan, originally published in Bahasa Indonesia
3. The Queue - Basma Abdel Aziz, originally published in Arabic
4. The Trial - Franz Kafka, originally published in German
5. Wizard of the Crow - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, originally published in Gikuyu
6. The Vegetarian - Han King, originally published in Korean
7. The Three-Body Problem - Liu Cixin, originally published in Chinese
8. Death with Interruptions - José Saramago, originally published in Portuguese
9. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami, originally published in Japanese
10. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez, originally published in Spanish


message 45: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Welcome Gayatri and Kyla!


message 46: by Kristin (last edited Apr 12, 2017 08:03PM) (new)

Kristin MB | 2735 comments I am in for at least 5, though I hope to read more.

1. French: Persepolis #2 by Marjane Satrapi
2. Spanish: Paracuellos by Carlos Gimenez
3. Italian: Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati
4. Swedish: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


message 47: by Kristin (new)

Kristin MB | 2735 comments Another resource! 21 of the Best New Novels Translated into English

https://www.pastemagazine.com/article...


message 48: by Lisa (LiteraryLatinax) (last edited Jul 05, 2017 11:06AM) (new)

Lisa (LiteraryLatinax) (literarylatinax) I'd like to do 12 for this challenge.

✔1. Japanese: The Housekeeper and the Professor
✔2. German: The Reader
✔3. Spanish: Fever Dream
✔4. Russian Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
✔5. French: A Meal in Winter
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Lisa (LiteraryLatinax) (literarylatinax) Kristin wrote: "Another resource! 21 of the Best New Novels Translated into English

https://www.pastemagazine.com/article..."


This is such a great list! Thanks for sharing.


message 50: by Kristin (new)

Kristin MB | 2735 comments Lisa (Likenbooks) wrote: "Kristin wrote: "Another resource! 21 of the Best New Novels Translated into English

https://www.pastemagazine.com/article..."

This is such a great list! Than..."


My pleasure! Glad it was useful to you :-)


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