Reading the World

Reading the World Confessions of a Literary Explorer

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Synopsis

In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics...and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe's 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation. It wasn't easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down at all; some governments don't like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners.

Her literary adventures shed light on the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global. Using her quest as a starting point, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

Book information

ISBN: 9781846557873
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Pub date:
DEWEY: 809
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 614g
Height: 242mm
Width: 164mm
Spine width: 31mm