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The world between two covers : reading the globe
The world between two covers : reading the globe
Morgan, Ann (Ann Beatrice) author.
Uniform Title:
Reading the world
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
326 pages ; 25 cm
"A beguiling exploration of the joys of reading across boundaries, inspired by the author's year-long journey through a book from every country. Following an impulse to read more internationally, journalist Ann Morgan undertook first to define "the world" and then to find a story from each of 196 nations. Tireless in her quest and assisted by generous, far-flung strangers, Morgan discovered not only a treasury of world literature but also the keys to unlock it. Whether considering the difficulties faced by writers in developing nations, movingly illustrated by Burundian Marie-Thérese Toyi's Weep Not, Refugee; tracing the use of local myths in the fantastically successful Samoan YA series Telesa; delving into questions of censorship and propaganda while sourcing a title from North Korea; or simply getting hold of The Corsair, the first Qatari novel to be translated into English, Morgan illuminates with wit, warmth, and insight how stories are written the world over and how place-geographical, historical, virtual-shapes the books we read and write" --
General Note:
First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Harvill Secker under the title Reading the world: confessions of a literary explorer.
Deciding to travel : the impulse to read the world -- Plotting the route : the global literature landscape -- Identifying landmarks : cultural identity and the problem of authenticity -- Following the trade routes : publishing around the world -- Venturing off the beaten track : writers commercial publishing doesn't reach -- Taking alternative modes of transport : oral narratives -- Encountering roadblocks : censorship, propaganda and exiled writers -- Broadening the mind : empathy and politics in literature -- Dealing with culture shock : when books and readers clash -- Finding myself : representations of the West in books around the world -- Crossing the language barrier : translation -- Surveying the road ahead : technology and the internet.
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