Summer Reading: A Literary World Cup
Are you following the World Cup? Has that intense international feeling inspired you to look for some reading from around the globe? Here’s a summer reading challenge for you: why not read a book by an author from each of the nations facing off in the semifinals this week? Or from every country that played in the quarterfinals? Or even from every country that made it to the Round of 16? We’ve been inspired by the Los Angeles Public Library’s brilliant virtual #Literary World Cup to create our own Literary World Cup book display featuring authors from these competing countries. We hope you'll discover some new writers to enjoy!
If you were hoping for a list of books about soccer rather than world literature, try these recommendations from from MLSSoccer.com, The New York Times, and The Guardian (where the beautiful game is, of course, called football.) And the NYPL’s Children’s Center has compiled a fun “Soccer Crazy” list for kids.
Here are our literary lineups:
On Tuesday, July 8, Brazil meets Germany:
On Wednesday, July 9, Argentina meets the Netherlands:
These countries may have been defeated in the quarterfinals, but these authors are still worth reading!
Little Costa Rican literature has been translated into English, but these anthologies offer an overview.
And if you'd like to explore the literature of more World Cup countries, here's the rest of the Round of 16:
These lists are not meant to be exhaustive or definitive in any way. We simply wanted to offer a few reading ideas. A list of major French or German writers available in English translation, for example, would be beyond the scope of our modest display. You can find some additional suggestions on the New York Writers Coalition's World Cup Writers Reading List, which includes an author from each country that competed in 2014. The authors on their list "are either activists or write stories featuring those who are marginalized in their own society." Please share your own international reading recommendations in the comments section below. The world certainly offers many more wonderful authors to explore!