For the moment this is not so much a challenge or a goal, but a way of keeping a record of the countries that I “visit” through my reading. It may turn into a personal challenge of some kind later on.
If I had started keeping a list earlier in life, I could check off quite a lot of countries, but heck, I didn’t, so… it begins now. 🙂
The list of geographical areas below is taken from this United Nations Statistics Division webpage.
Ethiopia: A Good Solider (Maaza Mengiste) [short story]
Kenya: An Ex-mas Feast (Uwem Akpan) [short story]
Kenya: Ships in High Transit (Binyavanga Wainaina) [short story]
Somalia: Sardines (Nuruddin Farah)
Zimbabwe: Dancing to the Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm (Brian Chikwava) [short story]
Zimbabwe: Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals (Yvonne Vera) [short story]
Democratic Republic of Congo: Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Morocco: Homecoming (Laila Lalami) [short story]
Egypt: Mme Zitta Mendès, a Last Image (Alaa Al Aswany) [short story]
Egypt: The Yacoubian Building (Alaa Al Aswany)
Sudan: Acts of Faith (Philip Caputo)
Nigeria: Pepper (Sinmisola Ogunyinka)
Jamaica: Just Perfect! (Teisha Mott)
United States: see separate page, here.
China: Shipromatum, I Grew my Boobs in China (Savannah Grace) (part – about 50%)
Mongolia: Shipromatum, I Grew my Boobs in China (Savannah Grace) (part – about 40%)
Thailand: Achan: A Year of Teaching in Thailand (Elayne Clift)
Russia: Gooseberries (Anton Chekhov) [short story]
Ireland: see separate page, here.
Scotland: A Darker Domain (Val McDermid)
Australia and New Zealand
Australia: Going Upside Down (Elise Williams)