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message 1: by Ruth (last edited Dec 26, 2019 09:28AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments I have decided to do the tourist challenge this year, I'm going to try and read books written in Spanish for 24 countries but may get distracted on the way. I'm starting in Oxford with Javier Marías' Todas las almas.

1) England Todas las almas, The Lady In The Van, The Cockroach, The Greek Who Stole Christmas, Hide And Seek
2) Scotland El paso de los españoles
3) Spain Cuatro días de enero, Siete días de julio, Soldados de Salamina
4) Portugal El invierno en Lisboa
5) Brazil El imperio eres tú
6) Uruguay Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte
7) Argentina Cornelia
8) Paraguay Mujer Apestada: Madame Lynch, el Mariscal López y la Guerra del Paraguay
9) Bolivia Río Fugitivo
10) Chile El cartero de Neruda
11) Peru Trilce
12) Ecuador Los Sangurimas
13) Colombia Crónica de una muerte anunciada
14) Panama Historia secreta de Costaguana
15) Costa Rica Parientes en venta
16) Nicaragua El cielo llora por mí
17) Domincan Republic La fiesta del Chivo
18) Haiti El reino de este mundo
19) Cuba Pasado perfecto
20) Australia The salad girl Las ensaladas de la senorita Giselle: English & Spanish Edition
21) Mexico Como agua para chocolate
22) USA Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
23) Austria Nosotras. Historias de mujeres y algo más
24) France A Tale of Two Cities
25) Belgium La Hilandera De Flandes
26) Tibet Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet
27) Moldova New Europe
28) Finland: My First Murder
29) Iran: The House of the Mosque
30) Northern Ireland: Milkman
31) Switzerland: Doce cuentos peregrinos
32) La Réunion: Don't Let Go
33) Sweden: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
34) Ireland: The Country Girls
35) Indonesia: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul
36) Turkey: Three Daughters of Eve
37) Canada: The Testaments
38) Pakistan: Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare
39) Saudi Arabia: Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
40) Greenland Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
41) Japan If Cats Disappeared from the World
42) Vietnam The Quiet American
43) New Zealand Trek!: The Best Trekking in the World
44) Italy: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
45) Israel: Monasterio
46) Liechtenstein: Ludmila
47) The Netherlands Amsterdam
48) Slovakia The Equestrienne
49) Korea The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
50) Germany Look Who's Back


message 2: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Countries visited 1 - England

Just visited Oxford with Todas las almas by Javier Marías - published in English as All Souls. Set in the 1980s Javier Marías paints an interesting and slightly tongue in cheek picture of academic life and those who live it from the view point of a visiting scholar. It seems a bit disjointed but becomes gripping at the end where the threads come together.

Now heading north to Scotland to join a busload of Spanish tourists with El paso de los españoles to discover how a Spanish soldier ending up fighting with the Scots against the English in 1719.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 2: Scotland

I finished El paso de los españoles about the Jacobite rebellion of 1719; swashbuckling, bodice-ripping and informative but the characters were 2 dimensional and the plot failed to get me to suspend my disbelief.


message 4: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12761 comments I like the twist you've added to your challenge. I wish I could do the same, but I am too lazy. I am going to try to read at least one book in Spanish and one book in French this year, though.


message 5: by Ruth (last edited Jan 22, 2019 03:25AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 3: Spain

I've just finished Cuatro días de enero set 80 years ago this month in a Barcelona about to fall to Franco's troops. As well as fitting in with my attempt to read books by Spanish speaking author for 24 countries, it's also the first of my 'read a book with the month in the title' reads for the year. It's a gripping story, excellent characterisation, and has left me wanting to read more by Jordi Sierra i Fabra. Luckily the next book in the series is Siete días de julio so I won't have to wait too long to find out what happens to Inspector Mascarell. It's a shame there doesn't seem to be an English translation of this novel.


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Rosemarie | 2857 comments Ruth, I have read a couple of the novels by the author you mentioned, also in Spanish. I am glad you mentioned him, since I had forgotten how much I enjoyed his books.


message 7: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Diane wrote: "I like the twist you've added to your challenge. I wish I could do the same, but I am too lazy. I am going to try to read at least one book in Spanish and one book in French this year, though." It started as I was intrigued to read Javier Marías take on life in Oxford and with a little more research I'm hoping to find more books with an outsider looking at life in different places. Hope not just to read around Latin America but we'll see!


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Ruth | 408 comments Rosemarie wrote: "Ruth, I have read a couple of the novels by the author you mentioned, also in Spanish. I am glad you mentioned him, since I had forgotten how much I enjoyed his books." I'm looking forward to reading more. His inspector Mascarell reminds me a bit of Jason Webster's Inspector Max Camara and the descriptions of Barcelona in the 30s of the books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


message 9: by Ruth (last edited Jan 22, 2019 03:49AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Wondering whether to embark on a journey from Portugal to Brazil with a teenage Pedro de Braganza y Borbón with the prize-winning novel El imperio eres tú by Javier Moro or to stay in Europe a bit longer with El invierno en Lisboa and sample the delights of Lisbon's jazz clubs with Antonio Muñoz Molina.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 4: Portugal

Just finished Antonio Muñoz Molina's El invierno en Lisboa - there is an English translation Winter in Lisbon. Had the feel of a film noir - very visual. It took a time to get going but by the time it reaches Lisbon (over half way through) the story has you hooked. San Sebastián and Madrid also feature.


message 11: by Ruth (last edited Feb 02, 2019 07:39AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 5: Brazil

I'm now much more informed about how Brazil gained its independence having just finished Javier Moro's El Imperio eres tú about Pedro I - emperor of Brazil. This was a really interesting read. I'm now about to hop over the border to Uruguay (which I hadn't realised had originally formed part of the newly independent Brazil) with Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte by Horacio Quiroga.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 6: Uruguay

I've just finished Horacio Quiroga's collection of short stories Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte. I was given this book many years ago as an introduction to Latin American literature but it's been sitting on my shelf for many years. Glad I finally got around to reading them, some are chilling and many give a vivid impression of living in a rugged environment. Many of these stories are actually set in Argentina close to the border with Uruguay.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 7: Argentina

Cornelia - I highly recommend this novel and hope it will be translated into English. The subject matter is disturbing, it deals with the disappearance of a teenage girl and how 10 years later her friend, now a police detective, gets drawn into revisiting the case. Florencia Etcheves' background as a journalist specialising in police matters puts this one story in a wider context. I've since watched a few interviews with the author and hope to read more by her (including the two earlier books in this series).


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 8: Paraguay

Mujer Apestada: Madame Lynch, el Mariscal López y la Guerra del Paraguay - this short book is about Eliza Lynch, an Irish woman who became the mistress of Francisco Solano López, president of Paraguay and was considered to the most vilified woman in Latin America. I shouldn't have gone with this choice - although a short book it really needs editing, there are far too many asides that go off at a tangent - including 10% being the text of an encyclopaedia entry about Paraguay Lynch supposedly read in Paris in 1854.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 9: Bolivia

Río Fugitivo Edmundo Paz Soldán's 1998 coming of age novel set in Cochabamba in 1984. An interesting read I'll being reading more by this author.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 10: Chile

El cartero de Neruda by Antonio Skármeta - poetic, tender, funny with a very poignant ending.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 11: Peru

Trilce


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 12: Ecuador

Los Sangurimas José de la Cuadra's short and rather brutal story about the Sangurima clan in the Montubio coastal region of Ecuador.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 13: Colombia

Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold in its English translation). This is Gabriel García Márquez' fictionalised account of an "honour" killing.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 14: Panamá

Historia secreta de Costaguana I learnt a lot about the history of Colombia and the birth of Panamá but this book was seemed to want to do too much and I found it hard going in places. Glad I read it, not sure whether I now need to read Conrad's Nostromo.


message 21: by Ruth (last edited Mar 13, 2019 07:17AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 15: Costa Rica

Parientes en venta (Relatives for sale) Tatiana Lobo's look at slavery in Costa Rica. Some of her fiction has been translated into English but not this.


message 22: by Ruth (last edited Mar 31, 2019 01:06PM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 16: Nicaragua

El cielo llora por mí (Heaven is crying for me - not translated into English as far as I can see although I did find a German translation). Good to be reading one of my favourite genres again - detective fiction - while learning a bit about post-Sandinista Nicaragua.


message 23: by Ruth (last edited Apr 04, 2019 08:28AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 17: The Dominican Republic

Feeling absolutely wrung out by La Fiesta del Chivo (The Feast of the Goat). Very powerful and disturbing, Mario Vargas Llosa links the personal and the historical in this long novel.


message 24: by Ruth (last edited Apr 11, 2019 04:09AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 18: Haiti

Stayed on the island of Hispaniola with Alejo Carpentier's El reino de este mundo (this has been translated into English as The Kingdom of this World).


message 25: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 2857 comments Ruth wrote: "Country 18: Haiti

Stayed on the island of Hispaniola with Alejo Carpentier's El reino de este mundo (this has been translated into English as The Kingdom of this World)."


I read this last year in Spanish too, I was really impressed by the writing.


message 26: by Ruth (last edited May 17, 2019 01:30PM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 19: Cuba: Pasado perfecto by Leonardo Padura, the first of his detective novels about Mario Conde, this one has been translated not English as Havana Blue.

While this was beautifully written I wasn't convinced by the characters or the plot. Maybe I've been spoilt by reading El hombre que amaba a los perros first.


message 27: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments I'm adding 5 books I've read since late April, I've just come back from walking the Camino Portugués in Portugal and Galicia. I read what was on my kindle!

20) Australia: The salad girl Las ensaladas de la senorita Giselle: English & Spanish Edition

21) Mexico: Como agua para chocolate

22) USA: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

23) Austria: Nosotras - this book is a collection of biographies of women from different countries and times. I've chosen it for Austria for the biography of Alma Mahler.

24) France: A Tale of Two Cities

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message 28: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 2857 comments I hope you had a good time. I came back from a holiday in Greece a week ago and really appreciated the ebook collection I had on my ipad. I was even reading a library book using Libby.


message 29: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12761 comments Ruth wrote: "I'm adding 5 books I've read since late April, I've just come back from walking the Camino Portugués in Portugal and Galicia. I read what was on my kindle!

20) Australia: [book:The salad girl Las ..."


Congrats on reaching your 24th country!

Your trip sounds awesome!


message 30: by Mome_Rath (new)

Mome_Rath | 1210 comments Congratulations on 24 countries and on your walk! I’m about to start some hikes on the Camino de Santiago in Asturias and Galicia, and am looking forward to it. Hope you had good weather and a memorable journey!


message 31: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 2857 comments Congrats on reaching your reading goal!


message 32: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Diane wrote: "Ruth wrote: "I'm adding 5 books I've read since late April, I've just come back from walking the Camino Portugués in Portugal and Galicia. I read what was on my kindle!

20) Australia: [book:The sa..."


Thank you Diane, I still hope to read 24 books written by authors writing in Spanish, 2 more to go to get to my target!


message 33: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Mome_Rath wrote: "Congratulations on 24 countries and on your walk! I’m about to start some hikes on the Camino de Santiago in Asturias and Galicia, and am looking forward to it. Hope you had good weather and a memo..."

Thank you, the trip was good (apart from the blisters!) Enjoy your hikes.


message 34: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Rosemarie wrote: "Congrats on reaching your reading goal!" Thanks Rosemarie


message 35: by Ruth (last edited May 27, 2019 07:51AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 25: Belgium - Flanders as it was in the 16th century - La Hilandera De Flandes by Concepción Marín Albesa. This novel begins with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and follows the fortunes of a family who go to Bruges. The action then moves to Brussels and back to Spain. Full of action but a bit far fetched - but it's a bit of a page turner.


message 36: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 26: Tibet Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran. Although I have plenty of books waiting to be read I picked this up in my local Oxfam bookshop the other day and fell under its spell.


message 37: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 27: Moldova Michael Palin's New Europe. This was another charity shop find, published in 2006 it was a tie in for a TV series. Strange how dated some things feel now, e.g. "Nationalism in Hungary is no longer a big issue. They're above all that." The book gives snapshots of 21 countries as experienced by Michael Palin and is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Basil Pao.


message 38: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 28: Finland
My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen, translated into English by Owen F. Witesman. I've previously read Death Spiral - the fifth book in the Maria Kallio series but I enjoyed this more.


message 39: by Mome_Rath (new)

Mome_Rath | 1210 comments Ruth wrote: "Country 27: Moldova Michael Palin's New Europe. This was another charity shop find, published in 2006 it was a tie in for a TV series. Strange how dated some things fe..."

I love Michael Palin's illustrated books of his travels! I haven't gone back to re-read any, but I'm sure parts from other books may also seem dated as time goes on.


message 40: by Ruth (last edited Jul 21, 2019 01:23AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 29: Iran
The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah, translated from Dutch by Susan Massotty. This was a captivating read and Iran has been very much in the news as I've been reading.


message 41: by Ruth (last edited Jul 21, 2019 06:48AM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 30: Northern Ireland
Milkman by Anna Burns

I'm very glad I persevered with this, ultimately a mesmerising and horrifying tale. As someone who would have been around the same age as the narrator at the time the book is set but from "over the water" and "of the opposite religion" it helped me gain an insight into her life and the way an oppressed community can be dominated by fear, hatred and the need become numb just to survive.


message 42: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 31: Switzerland
Doce cuentos peregrinos by one of my favourite authors Gabriel García Márquez

The stories are set in a number of European countries so I've chosen Switzerland, the setting for the first one. This is my 24th book in Spanish this year so I've managed to do my tourist challenge with Hispanic authors for 24 different countries. This has been translated into English as Strange Pilgrims.


message 43: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Adding two revisits - no new countries.

Siete días de julio set in Barcelona

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men with references to many countries but especially the UK and the USA. I hadn't expected a book about data - or the lack of it - to be so interesting. I also got the chance to hear Caroline Criado Pérez talk about it at the Way with Words festival earlier this month.


message 44: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 2857 comments Bravo, Ruth!


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 32: La Réunion

Don't Let Go (Ne lâche pas ma main) by Michel Bussi, translated from the French by Sam Taylor. Fast moving detective story, first time I've read this author but will look out for his other books now.


message 46: by Ruth (last edited Aug 13, 2019 03:20PM) (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 33: Sweden

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by the teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg

"We live in a strange world, where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruction of their future. Where the people who have contributed the least to this crisis are the ones who aare going to be affected the most."

She's setting sail tomorrow from Plymouth, not far from me.


message 47: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 408 comments Country 34: Republic of Ireland

The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

Started listening to BBC Radio 4's version last week and decided to read it for myself - this is a long overdue read, now I have the next two books in the trilogy to look forward to.


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 35: Indonesia (Bali)

A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint, a second investigation with Inspector Singh


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 36: Turkey

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak


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Ruth | 408 comments Country 37: Canada

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood set in both 'Gilead' and Canada


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