198 BOOKS

Volta ao Mundo em 198 Livros é um projeto ambicioso no qual me propus a ler um livro de cada país do mundo. É uma viagem com passagem só de ida e sem data para acabar. Para entender como isso começou, clique here.

WHY 198 BOOKS?
Because I am considering the 193 UN member states and their two observer states (Palestine and the Vatican), plus Kosovo, Taiwan and Western Sahara.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?
The project has a start date (01/01/2019), but only time will tell when it will end.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE COUNTRIES?
I will draw a country at a time, in the most traditional way possible: I cut out the name of each of the 198 countries and they will be drawn from a little box at random. As soon as I start reading, I will draw the next country, so that there is time to choose and acquire a book. If I don't find any books from the country that fit the project, the country will be put on hold in the queue (until I find a book) and a new draw will be made.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE BOOKS?
Os livros escolhidos serão preferencialmente romances, simplesmente porque é esse meu estilo preferido de literatura, mas nada impede que contos ou poesias também apareçam por aqui. O original ou as traduções precisam ser publicadas em português, inglês ou espanhol. Mas vou dar preferência à livros em inglês pelo fato de eu morar na Inglaterra. Sempre que possível, escolherei livros que representem de alguma forma os aspectos culturais e/ou históricos do país e que tenham sido escritos por autores locais. Essas regras podem ser flexibilizadas caso seja difícil encontrar livros que atendam a todos os requisitos. Vou seguir as dicas de livros da brasileira Camila Navarro e da britânica Ann Morgan. Suggestions are always welcome!

HOW TO FOLLOW UP THE PROJECT?
At the end of each reading, I will publish a post here on the blog with a short review of the book. All the information will be updated in the table below. To read the posts, just click on the name of the country.

WHERE DO I FIND THE BOOKS?
My preference is for printed books. I haven't managed to join the electronic trend yet. So I buy most of them at Amazon. Vale a pena também dar uma olhada nas bibliotecas da sua cidade.

THE PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT
In this table I list all the books drawn, chosen and read. At the end of the project we will have 198 rows here. At the end of the table are the countries for which I have not yet managed to find any books. My hope is that by the end of the project there will be something available, otherwise I will have to choose alternative outlets, like reading a book by a foreign author about the country.

ARE YOU EXCITED AND WANT TO TAKE PART?
Leave a comment with a link to your blog in the comment box below.

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198 Livros

 

COUNTRY

BOOK

START

END

1. Belgium War and Turpentine
Stefan Hertmans
01/01/19 02/02/19
2. Paraguay I, the Supreme
Augusto Roa Bastos
02/02/19 14/03/19
3. Oman Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs
Abdulaziz Al Farsi
14/03/19 30/03/19
4. Japan Strange Weather in Tokyo
Hiromi Kawakami
30/03/19 08/04/19
5. Saudi Arabia Girls of Riyadh
Rajaa Alsanea
08/04/19 27/04/19
6. Laos Mother’s Beloved
Outhine Bounyavong
28/04/19 08/05/19
7. Samoa The Girl in the Moon Circle
Sia Figiel
09/05/19 29/05/19
8. Chile Ways of Going Home
Alejandro Zambra
30/05/19 07/06/19
9. Hungary A Guest in my Own Country
George Konrad
11/08/19 05/09/19
10. Zimbabwe House of Stone
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
10/09/19 03/10/19
11. Comoros The Kaffir of Karthala
Mohamed Toihiri
14/11/19 13/12/19
12. Mauritania The Desert and The Drum
Mbarek Ould Beyrouk
17/12/19 04/01/20
13. Moldova The Good Life Elsewhere
Vladimir Lorchenkov
22/01/20 06/02/20
14. El Salvador One Day of Life
Manlio Argueta
26/02/20 02/03/20
15. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Spirits in the Dark
H. Nigel Thomas
09/05/20 20/05/20
16. Chad A Teenager in the Chad Civil War
Esaie Toingar
05/09/20 16/09/20
17. Tunisia The Pillar of Salt
Albert Memmi
20/12/20 28/12/20
18. South Korea Please Look After Mom
Shin Kyung-Sook
22/03/21 26/03/21
19. Western Sahara Cuentos Saharauis de Mi Abuelo
Bahia Mahmud Awah
11/06/21 16/06/21
20. Benin Why Monkeys Live in Trees
Raouf Mama
25/07/21 27/07/21
21. Costa Rica La Loca de Gandoca
Anacristina Rossi
26/09/21 04/10/21
22. China The Good Women of China
Xinran
12/07/22 20/07/22
23. Azerbaijão Ali and Nino
Kurban Said
03/11/22 02/12/22
24. Macedônia do Norte A Spare Life
Lidija Dimkovska
27/04/23 12/06/23
25. Eritreia Gratitude in Low Voices
Dawit Gebremichael Habte
01/08/23 16/08/23

2 thoughts on “198 LIVROS”

  1. This project is amazing, isn't it? I'm going to start it together with my boyfriend, we decided that for each country we draw, one of us will choose the book for both of us. We've drawn Chile and Croatia (each one wanted to give it a go hahahaha.). I love the map you made! It's beautiful <3

    1. Hi Priscilla, I agree, this project is really amazing! I love the fact that we can travel and learn about other countries and cultures without even leaving home! I love the way you and your boyfriend are alternating the choice of books, I'm sure this method of yours will keep the project always very fun and engaging!

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