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A thought-provoking and eye-opening journey through world literature inspired by a quest to read a book from every country.

In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics...and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation. It wasn't easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down at all; some governments don't like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners.

Her literary adventures shed light on the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global. Using her quest as a starting point, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

Reviews

Reading The World is a treasure-trove of new discoveries

Sara Wheeler, Observer

A wonderful book

Viv Groskop, Red

An enjoyable book that brings a world of literature into our homes

Ian Thomson, Daily Telegraph

A great way into literature in translation

Viv Groskop, Red Online

A truly inspiring read

Lady

If you, like me, are a fan of fiction in translation then I would suggest this is a must-read, or at the very least a really-should-read

Me And My Big Mouth (Blog)

[A] brilliant, unlikely book

Daniel Hahn, Spectator

The book offers much excellent food for thought

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781846557873

    February 15, 2015

    Harvill Secker

    336 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781448181568

    February 5, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

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