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message 1: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Dec 27, 2019 03:58PM) (new)

Diane  | 12969 comments 2019 Timeline: January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2019
2020 Timeline: January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020

General Rules
Here is a new challenge to broaden your reading horizons. For this challenge you will read one book from each of 16 of the following genres. NOTE: The genre categories have slightly changed for 2020. The catch is that each book has to be originally written in a language other than English or your native language . Books may be of any length. The genre you claim must also be listed on that book's main page.

How to begin
Start your own topic in this thread using your name or nickname as your title. Specify the genre you selected for the book you have read and include the link for your book. Make a new post with each new entry.

Genres (Pick any 16)
Children's/Fairytales
Classic Fiction (>50 years old)
Contemporary fiction
Fantasy/Magical realism
Folklore/Mythology
Graphic Novels/Manga/Comics
Historical Fiction
History (Non-fiction)
Horror
Humor
Literary Fiction/Realistic Fiction
Memoir/Autobiography/Biography
Mystery (Crime, Detective. Cozy, Noir, etc.)
Other Non-fiction (Essays, Cookbooks, Self-help, True crime, etc.)
Poetry/Epics
Romance
Science Fiction/Dystopia
Short Stories
Thrillers/Suspense/Espionage
Travel Writing
Wildcard (Any genre or sub-genre not mentioned)
Young Adult/Middle Grade/Children's


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1067 comments Fascinating! Thanks for offering this one, Diane!


message 3: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 230 comments Ooh, this is a challenge I can get behind!


message 4: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3246 comments This sounds like my kind of challenge.


message 5: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 323 comments Ooo interesting. Thanks Diane!


message 6: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane  | 12969 comments Here's a couple resources you may like:


Popular Translated Books

Three Percent


message 7: by Mome_Rath (new)

Mome_Rath | 1442 comments Diane wrote: "Here's a couple resources you may like:


Popular Translated Books

Three Percent"


Great links -- thanks!

I also get ideas from some of the international awards for authors, including:

Nobel Prize in Literature

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...

Neustadt International Prize for Literature

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neust...

Man Booker International Prize

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_B...


message 8: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3246 comments Thanks for the links, Diane and Mome_Rath.


PeekingLlama - Laura | 248 comments Is Travel Writing fiction or non fiction and where is the best place to look for books on the subject.


message 10: by Mome_Rath (new)

Mome_Rath | 1442 comments Travel writing is non-fiction, and would generally be found in the 900 section of the Dewey Decimal system. Some well-known English language writers include Bill Bryson, Michael Palin (of Monty Python), Sara Wheeler, and Bruce Chatwin.

Books by international explorers would be one way to find travel writing in translation. This would include works by Marco Polo (Italian), Ibn Battuta (Arabic), Cristoforo Colombo (Spanish), Jacques Cartier (French), Roald Amundsen (Norwegian), and Yuri Gagarin (Russian). There are many more out there to choose from.


PeekingLlama - Laura | 248 comments thank you so much Mome_Rath


message 12: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 230 comments If (like me) you are looking to focus particularly on women in translation, the recently announced longlist for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation might be of interest: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/warwick_prize_for_women_in_translation_shortlist_revealed1/


PeekingLlama - Laura | 248 comments Thank you Viv


message 14: by Laurie (last edited Sep 15, 2017 04:34AM) (new)

Laurie | 632 comments Here are a couple of lists on GR for women in translation that I have found helpful.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...

And a list of nonfiction in translation by women and men.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...


message 15: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 444 comments Can I make a plea that when you post the title/link to the book you've read you also give the name of the translator? In some books this information is easy to find but in others it may be hidden away. Your enjoyment of the book depends to quite an extent on the skills of the translator and since this is specifically a translated literature challenge I hope we can recognise this in our posts.


message 16: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 444 comments Mome_Rath wrote: "Travel writing is non-fiction, and would generally be found in the 900 section of the Dewey Decimal system. Some well-known English language writers include Bill Bryson, Michael ..."</i>

In this category I recommend [book:The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
by Ernesto "Che" Guevara



message 17: by Mome_Rath (new)

Mome_Rath | 1442 comments Ruth wrote: "Can I make a plea that when you post the title/link to the book you've read you also give the name of the translator? In some books this information is easy to find but in others it may be hidden a..."

That's a great point, Ruth!


message 18: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1067 comments PeekingLlama - Laura wrote: "Is Travel Writing fiction or non fiction and where is the best place to look for books on the subject."

Just some suggestions in this category:

The Travels of Ibn Battutah
The Journey of Ibn Fattouma (this is fiction - you be the judge) by Naguib Mahfouz
Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens: Reportage by László Krasznahorkai
The Narrow Road to Oku by Matsuo Bashō
An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
Nobody Leaves: Impressions of Poland by Ryszard Kapuściński (only 128 pages, btw)


message 19: by Hayley (last edited Dec 09, 2017 03:36PM) (new)

Hayley Shaver | 38 comments first book in this challenge finished:
Classic Fiction (>50 years old) The Works of Guy de Maupassant Vol. 4 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...
second book
Literary Fiction/Historical Fiction – The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love
http://www.shortstoryproject.com/prie...
Third Book
Romance Harlamov-
http://www.shortstoryproject.com/harl...
Fourth Book
Contemporary fiction –The Girl of His Dreams http://www.shortstoryproject.com/the-...
Fifth Book
Folklore/Mythology The Deer in the Dream
http://www.shortstoryproject.com/the-...
Sixth Book
Humor The Picture Horse
http://www.shortstoryproject.com/the-...
Seventh Book
Poetry/Epics The Poetry of Pablo Neruda


message 20: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 123 comments I think I may try this challenge! I follow this group but didn't participate in a challenge this year. I like to see the group reads and add them to my TBR. This is a great idea for a challenge! Thanks Diane.


message 21: by Suzie (new)

Suzie Sims-Fletcher (qvixen) | 3 comments Suggesting:
Samu-Shamu, The Sonam Stories: Narratives of Childhood in Bhutan.

https://www.amazon.com/Samu-Stories-N...

The stories were written by young adults, and then they translated them from Dzongkha (language of Bhutan) into English.


message 22: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 903 comments I was wondering whether this challenge will be offered annually? I would love to participate again next year!


message 23: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane  | 12969 comments Cheryl wrote: "I was wondering whether this challenge will be offered annually? I would love to participate again next year!"

I will be continuing it next year.


message 24: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 903 comments Diane wrote: "Cheryl wrote: "I was wondering whether this challenge will be offered annually? I would love to participate again next year!"

I will be continuing it next year."


Thanks Diane, that's great news!


message 25: by Carmen (new)

Carmen | 1298 comments Diane wrote: "The catch is that each book has to be originally written in a language other than English or your native language..."
Hi, Diane!
My native language is Spanish, are books originally written in English forbidden for me too?
Thanks for these great challenges 😉


message 26: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane  | 12969 comments Carmen wrote: "Diane wrote: "The catch is that each book has to be originally written in a language other than English or your native language..."
Hi, Diane!
My native language is Spanish, are books originally wr..."


Sorry for the late reply. English language books would be acceptable for you to use.


message 27: by Carmen (new)

Carmen | 1298 comments Diane wrote: "Carmen wrote: "Diane wrote: "The catch is that each book has to be originally written in a language other than English or your native language..."
Hi, Diane!
My native language is Spanish, are book..."


Great!


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