One of my favorite challenges is back -- the European Reading Challenge! Hosted by Rose City Reader, the challenge is to read books set in different European countries, or by European authors. I'm signing up for the Five Star or Deluxe Entourage, which is five different books. I'm on track to finish at least ten for the 2020 challenge (maybe even twelve!) so five should be no problem. I love this challenge because I'm always looking for new books in translation and this always inspire me to find new authors.
Here are some of my possible reads and authors for the challenge, listed by country:
- Austria: The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy; Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig; or his complete short stories
- Belgium: Amelie Nothomb or Georges Simenon
- Bosnia: The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric
- France: Renoir, My Father; The Bright Side of Life by Emile Zola; The Complete Claudine
- Germany: Fraulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther by Elizabeth von Arnim
- Greece: Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki
- Hungary: They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy; The Door by Magda Szabo
- Iceland: Haldor Laxness
- Ireland: The Real Charlotte by Edith Somerville. Some of Trollope's early novels are also set in Ireland, so they would work.
- Italy: The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa or A Favourite of the Gods/A Compass Error by Sybille Bedford
- Netherlands: Amsterdam Stories by Nescio
- Norway: a play by Ibsen
- Poland: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schultz
- Romania: The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller
- Russia: Dostoevsky, Gogol, Teffi, or Vassily Grossman
- UK: Angela Thirkell, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope
- Ukraine: The Mirador by Elisabeth Gille
- [Yugoslavia]: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West (I realize Yugoslavia is now seven different countries; at the time it was published in 1941, it was still united. I'll have to read it first before I choose one country for the challenge).
Sadly, not too many from my own TBR shelves, but quite a few from my NYRB Classics to-read list. Some of them could also cross over into other challenges -- besides this one and the Back to the Classics Challenge, I'm also signing up for a World War II Reading Challenge and another Chunkster Challenge. I'm also looking for more books from Scandinavia and the Baltics if anyone has suggestions.
Are you signing up for the European Reading Challenge? What are you reading?