As an avid bookworm, I’ve decided to make things a bit more interesting in my reading list and do what I like to call a Classic Literature World Tour. Basically, I’m going to read a classic book from as many countries as I can, with there being one major requirement: the story has to be situated in or be strongly related to the country in which the book was written.

So far I have the following books lined up for this experiment:

USA – “The Virginian” by Owen Wister
South Africa – “Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton
Spain – “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes
France – “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas
Britain – “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens
Denmark – “Fairy Tales” by Hans Christian Andersen
Germany – “Faust, Part I” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Switzerland – “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri
Italy – “The Inferno” by Dante Alighieri
Greece – “The Iliad” by Homer
Middle East (several countries) -” The Arabian Nights”
China – “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” by Luo Guanzhong
Russia – “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy
Japan – “The Tale of Genji” by Murasaki Shikibu

As you can see, most of the literature I have is European, with only one from the Americas, one from Africa, and a couple from Asia. I would love to add more countries to this list for some variety, so if anyone has any suggestions of literature from countries I haven’t yet listed, I’d love to hear them. Again, the only requirement is that the story has to be strongly related to the country in which it was written.