So many books. Not enough lifetime.

Earlier this year, Latterly contributor Justin Salhani asked his Facebook friends to recommend books from every country. We’re publishing those responses below and inviting you to make your own recommendations.

In most cases, these are authors tied to the country by birth or lineage. In some cases, they’re people who’ve lived or immersed themselves in the culture. The spirit and purpose of this list is to elevate writing from outside the United States and Europe, though we aren’t excluding those countries.

Most importantly, this is a living document. We haven’t deleted anything from Salhani’s original list, except books we identified as nonfiction and instances where an author was listed but not a title. We’re not here to judge, only to share. Add your own suggestions (and corrections) as a response at the bottom, and we’ll periodically add those to the main list. We’re missing many, many countries: Extra applause if you add books from a country that isn’t yet on the list. That includes places that are culturally or politically distinct but are either modern-day colonies (Hawaii, American Samoa, etc.) or not internationally recognized (Western Sahara, Palestine, etc.). And fiction only, please!

Africa

Angola
A General Theory of Oblivion, Jose Eduardo Agualusa
The Book of Chameleons, Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Ethiopia
Cutting From Stone, Abraham Verghese

French Guinea
The Dark Child, Camara Laye

Ghana
Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi

Kenya
Petals of Blood, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Dust, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Morocco
The Last Friend, Tahar Ben Jelloun
Leaving Tangier, Tahar Ben Jelloun

Nigeria

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Every Day Is For the Thief, Teju Cole
Americanah, Ngozi Adichie
Born on a Tuesday, Elnathan John
Happiness, Like Water, Chinelo Okparanta

Senegal
God’s Bits of Wood, Ousmane Sembène

South Africa
Mine Boy, Peter Abrahams
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee

Sudan

A Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih

Zimbabwe

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo


Asia

Azerbaijan
Ali and Nino, Kurban Said

Bangladesh
In the Light of What We Know, Zia Haider Rahman

China
The Fat Years, Chan Koonchung

India
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Indonesia

Beauty Is a Wound, Eka Kurniawan

Japan
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
The Thief, Fuminori Nakamura
Diary of a Mad Old Man, Junichiro Tanizaki

Pakistan
Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh
Karachi, You’re Killing Me!, Saba Imtiaz

South Korea
The Vegetarian, Han Kang

Vietnam
The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh
The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen


Australia and the Pacific

Australia
The Transit of Venus, Shirley Hazzard
Johnno, David Malouf


Europe

Austria
Malina, Ingeborg Bachmann

Bosnia
The Book of My Lives, Aleksandar Hemon
Love and Obstacles, Aleksandar Hemon

Croatia
Girl at War, Sara Novic

England
Maps for Lost Lovers, Nadeem Aslam
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
Scoop, Evelyn Waugh
White Teeth, Zadie Smith

France
Foam of the Daze, Boris Vian

Germany
Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Sueskind

Greece
Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis

Hungary
Under the Frog, Tibor Fischer

Ireland
Ulysses, James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
Dubliners, James Joyce
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Italy
Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino

Northern Ireland
Divorcing Jack, Colin Bateman

Russia
One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Scotland
Quite Ugly One Morning, Chris Brookmyre
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Spain
A Heart So White, Javier Marias
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Sweden
Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson

Ukraine

Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov


Middle East

Egypt
Cairo Trilogy, Naguib Mahfouz
Miramar, Naguib Mahfouz
The Queue, Basma Abdel Aziz

Iran

Septembers of Shiraz, Dalia Sofer

Iraq
The Iraqi Christ, Hassan Blasim

Lebanon

The Story of Zahra, Hanan al-Shaykh
Garden of Light, Amin Maalouf

Palestine
Men in the Sun, Ghassan Kanafani
I Saw Ramallah, Mourid Barghouti
Gaza Blues, Etgar Keret and Samir El-youssef

Saudi Arabia
Cities of Salt, Abdelrahman Munif

Syria
In Praise of Hatred, Khaled Khalifa

Turkey

Snow, Orhan Pamuk
My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk


North America

Antigua
A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid

Canada
Bang Crunch, Neil Smith

Cuba
Three Trapped Tigers, Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Dominica
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

Dominican Republic
This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

Guadeloupe
The Bridge of Beyond, Simone Schwarz-Bart
Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Condé

Haiti

An Untamed State, Roxanne Gay
The Farming of Bones, Edwidge Danticat

Mexico

Prayers for the Stolen, Jennifer Clement
Pedro Paramo, Juan Rulfo

United States
Train Dreams, Denis Johnson


South America

Argentina
Hopscotch, Julio Cortazar
Collected Fictions, Jorge Luis Borges
Talking to Ourselves, Andrés Neuman

Brazil
Barren Lives, Graciliano Ramos

Chile
The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolaño
2666, Roberto Bolaño
House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

Colombia
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Peru

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Mario Vargas Llosa

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Ben Wolford
Ben Wolford is editor of Latterly. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.