Acum câteva săptămâni am descoperit întâmplător blogul A year of reading the world, al Annei Morgan – o englezoaică absolventă a Universității Cambridge cu un MA în Creative Writing.

Ce inseamna mai exact A year of reading the world ? Explica chiar autoarea:

In 2012, the world is coming to London for the Olympics and I’m going out to meet it. I’m planning to read my way around as many of the globe’s 196 sovereign states as I can, sampling one book from every nation.

I want to read a story from Swaziland, a novel from Nepal, a book from Bolivia, a… well, you get the picture.

It’s going to be tough — according to the Society of Authors, only 3 per cent of the books published in the UK each year are translations. There are plenty of languages that have next to nothing translated into English. Then there are all the tiny tucked away places like Nauru and Tuvalu (I know, I hadn’t either), where there may not be much written down at all.

Some countries have a culture of almost exclusively oral storytelling (alright, get your giggles over with now). Others have governments that don’t like to let works of art leak out to corrupt westerners.

And that’s not to mention the whole issue of what constitutes a national literaturein the first place. Is it by a person born in that place? Is it written in the country? Can it be about another nation state?

Frankly I don’t know. I’m hoping I’ll figure out the answers (or at least myanswers) to some of these questions en route.

What I do know is I can’t do it by myself. As anyone who’s dropped in on my A year of reading women blog will realise, I tend to stick mostly to British and North American writers, with the occasional South African, Australian and Indian thrown in. My knowledge of world literature is shamefully anglocentric.

So I need your help. I need you to tell me what’s hot in Russia, what’s cool in Malawi, and what’s downright smoking in Iceland. The books can be classics or current favourites. They can be obscure folk tales or commercial triumphs. They can be novels, short stories, memoirs, biographies, narrative poems or a mixture of all these things. All I ask is that they have some claim to be considered part of the literature of a country somewhere in the world — oh, and that they’re good.

Ce a făcut ea mai exact ? O listă cu toate cele 196 state suverane ale lumii și cărțile pe care le-a citit din aceste țări.

Pentru România, i-a fost recomandat Herta Muller The Passport / Filip și Matei Florian și The Baiut Alley Lads / Mircea Cărtărescu. Recenzia ei o puteți citi aici.

Aceasta este o inițiativă cel puțin interesantă. Să faci ocolul pământului în lectură … este formidabil.