MAP: Most famous books according to country of origin, can you guess SA's?

2017-04-18 15:39 - Boipelo Mokgothu
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Cape Town - Can you guess South Africa's most famous book?

According to BackForward24, Disgrace by JM Coetzee is arguably the most famous book in South Africa. Set in post- Apartheid, the novel follows the life of a 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical University.

Do you agree? We can think of many others that have certainly made an impact - Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country, Oliver Schreiner's The Story of a South African Farm, Nadine Gordimer's July's People, Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness and Country of My Skull by Antje Krog come to mind. 

BackForward24 has however complied a well-intentioned map, illustrating what book is representative of its country of origin.

According to the list compiled by Reddit users, the rest of the Globe is represented as follows... 

SEE: 8 SA holiday reads by destination

North and Central America: Pedro Páramo, by Juan Rulfo (Mexico), To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (USA), Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Canada).

South America: Fictions, by Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende (Chile), Lituma in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru). 

Western Europe: Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spain), The Count of Montecristo, by Alexandre Dumas (France), The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighier (Italy).

Eastern Europe: War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (Russia), Pan Tadeusz, by Adam Mickiewicz (Poland), Eclipse of the Crescent Moon, by Géza Gárdonyi (Hungary). 

Africa: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), The Antipeople, by Sony Labou Tansi (Congo), Disgrace, by JM Coetzee (South Africa).

Asia: My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Dream in Red Pavilion, by Cao Xueqin (China), Kokoro, by Natsume Soseki (Japan). 

Oceania: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton (Australia), The Bone People by Keri Hulme (New Zealand), Death of a Muruk by Bernard Narokobi (Papua New Guinea).

See the map below for each country. 

Source: Backforward24

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