I’ve never paid much attention to World Book Day, but now that I’m more into books and authors than ever before (largely because of this blog), I’m going to celebrate by creating a challenge for myself. Here it is:
Find a world map, close my eyes, and place my finger on a random country, continent or landmass of some kind.
Interlibrary loan (or purchase) a novel written by an author from my randomly chosen geographical location. If there are no translations that I can find, I’ll repeat steps 1 & 2 until I find one.
Read and review the novel.
The British Isles are excluded because I read British authors all the time, so it wouldn’t be much of a challenge unless I decided to read James Joyce. Then it would be TOO MUCH of a challenge.
Okey-Dokey, here goes — the country that I’m going to read is…Greece! Awesome! I’m going to try to choose a contemporary Greek author. I’m past my Homer, Sophocles and Euripedes stages of development, so none of that stuff is allowed. Oh, and no mythology either! (Drats!)
——————————————————————————(Approx. 45 minutes later…) Okay, this was kind of difficult, but I finally found one listed at a local academic library.
Here is the book:
Woot! I’m looking forward to this! Maybe I’ll start reading more world literature and continue to expand my horizons.