2014 Challenges

Here’s how I’m faring with the challenges I’ve signed up for this year 🙂

Aussie Author ChallengeJanuary 1st, 2014 – December 31st, 2014
Wallaby Level (read three books by Australian writers, one male, one female, one new)

1) The Plains by Gerald Murnane

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 Longlist
1) The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke
2) Strange Weather in Tokyo (The Briefcase) by Hiromi Kawakami
3) A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard
4) The Infatuations by Javier Marías
5) Brief Loves that Live Forever by Andeï Makine
6) The Sorrow of Angels by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
7) The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim
8) Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
9) The Dark Road by Ma Jian
10) The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon
11) Exposure by Sayed Kashua
12) Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
13) Rücken an Rücken (Back to Back) by Julia Franck
14) Ten by Andrej Longo
15) A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli

Japanese Literature Challenge 8 – June 1st, 2014 – January 31st, 2015
– Read a work of Japanese Literature!
1) Granta 127: Japan by Yuka Igarashi (ed.)
2) The Tilted Cup: Noh Stories by Paul Griffiths
3) The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon
4) Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
5) I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki (link is to 2010 review)
6) Rivers by Teru Miyamoto
7) Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami
8) The Kojiki by Ō no Yasumaro
9) Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami
10) The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue
11) Masks by Fumiko Enchi
12) Grass on the Wayside by Natsume Soseki
13) The Tale of the Heike, translated by Royall Tyler
14) The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine by Akiyuki Nosaka
15) The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe (link is to 2011 review)
16) N.P. by Banana Yoshimoto
17) The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Women in Translation Month – August 2014
– Read a work in translation written by a woman!
1) Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
2) My Son’s Girlfriend by Jung Mi-kyung
3) The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon
4) The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price
5) The Blue Room by Hanne Ørstavik
6) Spirit on the Wind (and other Stories) by O Chong-hui
7) Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones
8) Numéro Six by Véronique Olmi
9) There a Petal Silently Falls by Ch’oe Yun
10) Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days) by Jenny Erpenbeck
11) Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
12) Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli

German Literature Month IV – November 2014
– Read works of German-language literature!
1) Agnes by Peter Stamm
2) Transit by Anna Seghers
3) The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner
4) Eine Halligfahrt (Journey to a Hallig) by Theodor Storm
5) Alte Meister (The Old Masters) by Thomas Bernhard
6) Blumenberg by Sibylle Lewitscharoff
7) Mario und der Zauberer (Mario and the Magician) by Thomas Mann
8) Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner
9) Irrungen, Wirrungen (Trials and Tribulations) by Theodor Fontane
10) Die Ausgewanderten (The Emigrants) by W.G. Sebald 

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