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Posted on Apr 28, 2011, 2:42:29 PM PDT
Might try any of new Nobel Mario Vargas LLosa´s novels. they´re very well written and depict very different worlds from North America or Europe.
"Book of Kenji" is a classid medieval Japan book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011, 12:20:54 AM PDT
rinpardee says:
I definitely second Things Fall Apart. I read it during High School and it still continues to be one of my favorite books.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011, 6:28:07 PM PDT
Mary Ward says:
Why not try some of the epic Russian classics. Chekhov is one of the masters. Short Stories by Anton Chekhov: About Truth, Freedom, Happiness, and Love
Another Russian classic, Turgenev wrote series of striking pieces named Hunting Sketches which influenced public opinion towards abolition of serfdom. The Hunting Sketches Bk.1: My Neighbour Radilov and Other Stories

Posted on Mar 10, 2011, 1:59:52 PM PST
Virgilio Pinera from cube.
Underrated short story writer from Cuba. His stories are generally short and violent.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011, 3:11:02 PM PST
Reva Sharma says:
Looking for great books and writers suggested on various forums I have not seen mention of Amarican great writer James Baldwin. I read his books in the early 70.
If I ever catch up with the pile of books. His books I would like to read again.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011, 12:22:57 AM PST
dss says:
It would be impossible to overrate Isabel Allende. House of the Spirits is a classic. Her short stories are wonderful.

Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (The Americas)

Posted on Aug 12, 2010, 7:16:23 PM PDT
Darcy Sloan says:
Kokoru by Natsume Sosecki. He is considered the Mark Twain of Japan. Born 1867 and died in 1916. Kokoru means "heart".

Posted on Aug 12, 2010, 7:15:11 PM PDT
Darcy Sloan says:
Kokoru by Natsume Sosecki. He is considered the Mark Twain of Japan. Born 1867 and died in 1916. Kokoru means "heart".

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2010, 1:18:41 PM PDT
El Zorro says:
A Dream of Red Mansions (4-Volume Set) [BOX SET]

Posted on Jul 29, 2010, 3:18:43 PM PDT
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Patton, also almost anything by Brazilian author Jorge Amado.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2009, 10:43:46 AM PDT
Daniel Davy says:
You might take a look at V.S. Naipaul's *A Bend in the River*. The novel is set in Africa; Naipaul is a displaced Indian born and brought up in the Caribbean. And the novel indeed occurs in a transition from colonialism to independence, but not necessarily in a way an "idealist" would applaud.....

Posted on Sep 18, 2009, 7:51:04 AM PDT
HardyBoy64 says:
Spain: Benito Perez Galdós
Argentina: Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Tomás Eloy Martínez

Isabel Allende is WAY overrated. (Chile)

Posted on Feb 27, 2009, 6:07:03 AM PST
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Olivier says:
You could try " El Siglo de la Luces" (I have forgotten the English title, sorry), a wonderful novel by Alejo Carpentier, a Cuban writer. It is about -among other things - the guillotine being brought to the French islands of the Carribbean at the time of the French Revolution.
I also love "Out of Africa" by Karen Blixen ( aka Isak Dinesen). It has little or nothing to do with the movie. It contains beautiful descriptions of Africa and its inhabitants seen through the eyes of a European woman.
Another favourite of mine is "The Makioka Sisters" by Tanizaki Junichiro. It is more domestic than historic, but it is set in 1930s Japan, so history IS alluded to from time to time.
My last suggestion is "Four generations under one roof" by Lao She, a Chinese writer who was killed during the Cutural Revolution. I haven't read this ( very long) novel but Lao She is a very lively and funny storyteller ( I have read some of his short stories) and the theme of the book might please you: it is the story of a Chinese family in the 1930s, at a time when China was at war with Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2009, 7:48:32 PM PST
orhon says:
Wole Soyinka is a great writer and dramatist. His novel "The Interpreters" is a plotless meditation on post-colonial Africa, and it's great. A little modernist/post-modernist in feel, but still very African in character and theme.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009, 8:37:18 PM PST
Llonya says:
I loved Naguin Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy.
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street (Everyman's Library)

Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize for Literature and this marvelous trilogy traces the life of one family over 3 generations in the first half of the 20th-century in Cairo. You can sense and smell life in the city and the alleways of Cairo. Beuatiful stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2009, 10:52:23 PM PST
Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, especially One Hundred Years of Solitude for Latin America/ South America. Also read Things Fall Apart by Achebe for some African literature. For poetry try Khalil Gibran, he is amazing. There is an amazing amount of literature coming from the rest of the world that is now translated into English. All one needs to do is some research and ask around.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2009, 6:47:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2009, 6:48:08 AM PST
There is a fine new work on Brazil [Brasil] by Frances De Pontes Peebles, "The Seamstress." I sense that it's precisely what you're looking for (check my full review):

The Seamstress: A Novel

Also check my listmania lists for tons of other literature like this one.

best regards,

pat

Initial post: Jan 4, 2009, 8:11:32 PM PST
I've read quite a bit of American and European literary classics and so I'd like to explore classic novels from other lands, such as South America, Africa and Asia. I'm particularly interested in those novels that are set in a specific historic period, such as the transition from colonialism to independence, etc. Any and all suggestions are appreciated
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