Read Around Europe Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in Europe.

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Recommended Challenge Books (548)
51.

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets by Hergé EN

Rating: 3     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Belgium flag Belgium
Description:
Tintin the boy reporter is sent to Soviet Russia with his dog, Snowy, to report on the economy and the activities of the police.
Recommended: 02 Dec 2022

52.

Maigret and the Man on the Bench by Georges Simenon EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Europe / Belgium flag Belgium
Description:
“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian Inspector Maigret must untangle the web of lies left behind by a murdered man whose family didn’t know him as well as they thought When a man is found stabbed to death in an alley off Boulevard Saint-Martin, his identity card shows a workplace that had gone out of business three years earlier. As far as his wife knew, he still worked there, and she insists that the shoes and a tie h... continue
Recommended: 03 Dec 2022

53.
Débâcle

Débâcle by Lize Spit FR

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Country: Europe / Belgium flag Belgium
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Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

54.

The Fortress by Meša Selimović EN

Rating: 5     3 Votes
Description:
The Fortress is one of the most significant and fascinating novels to come out of the former Yugoslavia. Ahmet Shabo returns home to eighteenth-century Sarajevo from the war in Russia, numbed by the death in battle or suicide of nearly his entire military unit. In time he overcomes the anguish of war, only to find that he has emerged a reflective and contemplative man in a society that does not value, and will not tolerate, the subversive implications of these qualities.
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Recommended: 19 Feb 2022

55.

Death and the Dervish by Mesa Selminovic EN

Rating: 4     10 Votes
Description:
Sheikh Nuruddin is a dervish at a Sarajevo monastery in the eighteenth century during the Turkish occupation. When his brother is arrested, he descends into the Kafkaesque world of the Turkish authorities in order to find out what has happened. As he does so, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, eventually, his life choices in general. Hugely successful when published in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish appears here in its first English translation.
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Recommended: 19 Feb 2022

56.

The Bridge Over the Drina by Ivo Andric EN

Rating: 4     25 Votes
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

57.

Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastašic EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Description:
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Genre Travel
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

58.

Goodbye Sarajevo : A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival by Atka Reid, Hana Schofield EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Description:
A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022

59.

How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone by Sasa Stanisic EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Description:
“A brilliant debut novel” about a young Bosnian War refugee who finds the secret to survival in language and stories (Los Angeles Times). For Aleksandar Krsmanović, Grandpa Slavko’s stories endow life in Višegrad with a kaleidoscopic brilliance. Neighbors, friends, and family past and present take on a mythic quality; the River Drina courses through town like the pulse of life itself. So when his grandfather dies suddenly, Aleksandar promises to carry on the tradition. But then soldiers invade Višegrad—a town previously unconscious of racial and religious divides—and it’s no longer important t... continue
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

60.

Where You Come From by Damion Searls, Sasa Stanisic EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Description:
In August, 1992, a boy and his mother flee the war in Yugoslavia and arrive in Germany. Six months later, the boy’s father joins them, bringing a brown suitcase, insomnia, and a scar on his thigh. Saša Stanišic’s Where You Come From is a novel about this family, whose world is uprooted and remade by war: their history, their life before the conflict, and the years that followed their escape as they created a new life in a new country. Blending autofiction, fable, and choose-your-own-adventure, Where You Come From is set in a village where only thirteen people remain, in lost and made-up memori... continue
Recommended: 13 Nov 2022


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