The Literary Map of the World

Reddit user Backforward24 painstakingly illustrated a map of the world with the most popular (or the most critically acclaimed) novel for each country.

Quite the undertaking.

Of course, lots of people began to criticize the books chosen, because this is the Internet, of course. I think it’s a rather subjective thing. What is your favorite book? Which limb could you live without? What was first? The chicken or the egg?

Regardless, I think this idea is an interesting one and well worth taking a look. You can find the complete list of books here.

 

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17 thoughts on “The Literary Map of the World

      1. Haha, I kind of think California is a separate country and we should have Steinbeck on our map! But yeah the Twilight series was a profanation of the English language! But I couldn’t resist the macabre joke.

  1. As someone posted on Reddit, I am satisfied with The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri), for italy. But hey… Italy has so many great writers that it could be even considered and underrating.. LOL The Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto or Boccacio’s Decameron are also masterpieces.

  2. That’s pretty cool! We just had a PBS series conclude here where people voted for the most beloved novel in America (and it didn’t have to be by an American author, it just had to have an edition published in English and have some amount of popularity here), and “To Kill a Mockingbird” was named the winner. As for the most critically-acclaimed novel by an American author, “Mockingbird” is up there for me (although I’ve only managed to finish it once; we studied it in high school but I don’t remember much of it, and then I read it on my own well over a decade later), as is “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Gone with the Wind”. I’ve tried reading “The Grapes of Wrath” no fewer than three times and have never managed to finish it.

    Some of the international ones I’m interested in reading are “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (Colombia) and “Things Fall Apart” (Nigeria).

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