This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.
The Guardian Online has started what looks to be a quite fabulously promising World Literature Tour, whereby a collective “attempt is made to uncover a selection of the best authors from as many countries as possible”:
The plan is this: every fortnight we’ll open up the blog for suggestions of books and authors from a particular country, as well as nominations for the country we should visit next. We’ll create a page on Guardian Unlimited Books for the country that you’ve covered and include all the best suggestions. Ideally we’d like fiction written by native authors which is available in translation – but nominations of books set in the country in question which provide a flavour of the place, or good history or travel books, are also welcome.
The results on Finland are up. Next up is Poland. Hopefully they’ll soon prove the “world” aspect of this and get around to moving out of the Northern Hemisphere, or at least Europe, before too awfully long.