A Listing of My Favorite Books: Africa, Asia & Europe

EAST ASIA

The prestigious 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction was awarded to Chang-rae Lee, author of The Surrendered. The Surrendered transcends other war novels with its honest and brutal depiction of human interactions and relationships during the Korean War. 

EAST ASIA – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

The Pacific Century

Frank Gibney

Scribner, 1992

9780684193496

CHINA & TIBET – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

All Men Are Brothers / Shui Hu Chuan

Shi Nai’an

Moyer Bell, 2004

1559213035

Art of War

Sun Tzu

Chartwell Books, 2008

9780785824510

Dragon Seed

Pearl S. Buck

Moyer Bell, 1992

1559210338

East Wind: West Wind

Pearl S. Buck

Moyer Bell, 1993

1559210869

Healing Anger

The Dalai Lama

Snow Lion Pub., 1997

1559390735

In the People’s Republic

Orville Schell

Random House, 1977

9780394499055

Kundun

Mary Craig

Counterpoint, 1997

9781887178648

Madam Chaing KaiShek

Laura Tyson Li

gsrove Press, 2006

9780871139337

Mandala: A Novel of India

Pearl S. Buck

Moyer Bell, 1995

1559210370

Red Star Over China

Edgar Snow

Victor Gollancz, 1968

9780802150936

Sons

Pearl S. Buck

Moyer Bell, 1992

1559210397

The Big Wave

Pearl S. Buck

HarperCollins, 1986

64401715

The Child Who Never Grew

Pearl S. Buck

Woodbine House, 1992

933149492

The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck

Pocket Books, 2005

1416500189

The Meaning of Life

The Dalai Lama

Wisdom Pub., 2000

861711734

The Promise

Pearl S. Buck

Moyer Bell, 1997, , 248

1559212098

The Rape of Nanking

Iris Chang

Basic Books, 1997

9780141007885

The Universe in a Single Atom

The Dalai Lama

Broadway, 2006

767920813

The Way to a Meaningful Life

The Dalai Lama

Atria, 2003,

743453360

JAPAN – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

A Cat, a Man, and Two Women

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Kodansha JPN, 1992

4770016050

A Personal Matter

Grove Press, 1994

802150616

After Dark

Haruki Murakami

Knopf, 2007

307265838

After the Banquet

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1999

375705155

An Echo of Heaven

Kodansha, 2000

477002505X

Beauty and Sadness

Yasunari Kawabata

Vintage, 1996

679761055

Black Rain: A Novel

Masuji Ibuse

Kodansha, 1988

087011364X

Botchan: A Modern Classic

Natsume Sōseki

Kodansha, 2007

4770030487

Confessions of a Mask

Yukio Mishima

New Directions, 1958

081120118X

Diary of a Mad Old Man

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Knoff, 1965

9780679730248

Fires on the Plain

Shohei Ooka

Tuttle Publishing, 2001

804813795

First Snow on Fuji

Yasunari Kawabata

Counterpoint, 2000

1582431051

Five by Endo

Shusaku Endo

New Directions, 2000

811214397

Forbidden Colors
(Kinjiki)

Yukio Mishima

Avon, 1970

9780399504907

Grass on the Wayside

Yukio Mishima

Natsume Soseki

9780939512454

Grass on the Wayside
(Michigan classics in Japanese studies)

Natsume Sōseki

Univ of Michigan, 1990

939512459

I Am a Cat: Three Volumes in One

Natsume Sōseki

Tuttle Publishing, 2001

080483265X

Kokoro

Natsume Sōseki

Regnery Pub, 1957

809260956

Runaway Horses

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1990, , 432

679722408

Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea

Yukio Mishima

Berkley, 1971

9780425028322

Secret Rendezvous

Abe Kōbō

Vintage, 2002, , 192

375726543

Seven Japanese Tales

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Vintage, 1996, , 320

679761071

Seventeen and J: Two Novels

Foxrock Books, 2002

1562010913

Seventeen and J: Two Novels

Foxrock Books, 2002

1562010913

Silence

Shusaku Endo

Taplinger Publishing, 1980

800871863

Snow Country

Yasunari Kawabata

Vintage, 1996

679761047

Some Prefer Nettles

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Vintage, 1995

679752692

Some Prefer Nettles
(Tade kū Mushi)

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Secker & Warburg, 1983

9780436516030

Sound of the Waves

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1994

9780679752684

Spring Snow

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1990, , 400

679722416

Spring Snow
(Haru no Yuki)

Yukio Mishima

Pocket Book, 1975

9780671434946

Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness
(Warera no Kyōki wo Ikinobiru Michi wo Oshieyo)

Kenzaburō Ōe

Marion Boyers, 1977

9780802151858

Ten Nights’ Dreams

Natsume Sōseki

Trafford Publishing

1552123952

The Box Man: A Novel

Abe Kōbō

Vintage, 2001

375726519

The Catch and Other War Stories

Kenzaburō Ōe

Kodansha U.S., 1981

9780870114571

The Dancing Girl of Izu & Other Stories

Yasunari Kawabata

Counterpoint, 1998

1887178945

The Face of Another

Abe Kōbō

Vintage, 2003, , 256

375726535

The Gate

Natsume Sōseki

Peter Owen Ltd, 2006

720612500

The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Vintage, 2004, , 368

1400079004

The Lake

Yasunari Kawabata

Kodansha U.S., 1974

9780870112164

The Makioka Sisters

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Vintage, 1995, , 544

679761640

The Man Who Turned Into a Stick

Abe Kōbō

University of Tokyo, 1975

9780860081470

The Master of Go

Yasunari Kawabata

Vintage, 1996, , 208

679761063

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1994, , 192

679750150

The Setting Sun

Osamu Dazai

New Directions Pub.,1968

811200329

The Silent Cry
(Man’en Gannen no Futobor)

Kenzaburō Ōe

Kodansha U.S., 1975

9780870112324

The Silent Cry: A Novel

Kodansha, 1994

4770019653

The Sound of the Mountain

Yasunari Kawabata

Vintage, 1996, , 288

679762647

The Sound of Waves

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1994, , 192

679752684

The Temple of Dawn

Yukio Mishima

Vintage, 1990, , 352

679722424

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
(Kinkakuji)

Yukio Mishima

Knopf, 1959

9781857151695

The Three-Cornered World (Peter Owen Modern Classics)

Natsume Sōseki

Peter Owen Ltd, 2003

720611563

The Wayfarer

Soseki Natsume

Perigee Trade, 1982

9780399506123

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

Haruki Murakami

Vintage, 1998

679775439

Thousand Cranes
(Senbazuru)

Yasunari Kawabata

Perigee, 1981

9780399505263

Wayfarer

Natsume Sōseki

Perigee Trade, 1982

399506128

JAPAN – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

Herbert P. Bix

Harper Perennial, 2001

60931302

Shinohata: Portrait of a Japanese Village

Ronald P. Dore

Pantheon, 1978

9780394461809

World Within Walls

Donald Keene

Grove Press, 1978

9780394170749

 

SOUTH ASIA

INDIA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Fasting, Feasting

Anita Desai

Mariner Books, 2000

9780618065820

The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery

Amitav Ghosh

Harper Perennial, 2001

380813947

The Glass Palace: A Novel

Amitav Ghosh

Random House, 2002

375758771

The Hungry Tide: A Novel

Amitav Ghosh

Mariner Books, 2006

061871166X

The Shadow Lines: A Novel

Amitav Ghosh

Mariner Books, 2005

061832996X

The Village by the Sea

Anita Desai

Heinemann, 1982

9780434934362

The Zigzag Way

Anita Desai

Houghton Mifflin, 2004

9780618042159

INDIA – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

India in Slow Motion

Mark Tully

Penguin, 2003

9780140282085

Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles

Ved Mehta

Penguin, 1977

9780140045710

PAKISTAN – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson

Penguin, 2007

9780143038252

SRI LANKA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Cinnamon Gardens

Shyam Selvadurai

McClelland & Stewart, 1998

9780786864737

Funny Boy

Shyam Selvadurai

Harvest Books, 1997

9780156005005

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

Shyam Selvadurai

Tundra Books, 2007

9780887767357

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA

BURMA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

From the Land of Green Ghosts

Pascal Khoo Thwe

Harper Perennial, 2003

60505230

INDONESIA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

All That Is Gone

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Penguin, 2005

143034464

Child of All Nations
(Anak Semua Bangsa)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Morrow & Co., 1993

9780688127268

Footsteps
(Jejak Langkah)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Morrow & Co., 1995

9780688137489

House of Glass (Buru Quartet)
(
Rumah Kaca)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Penguin Books, 1992

9780140134216

It’s Not An All Night Fair
(Bukan Pasar Malam)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Equinox Publishing, 2001

9780140134216

Tales from Djakarta
(Tjerita dari Djakarta)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Equinox Publishing, 2000

9789799589811

The Earth of Mankind
(
Bumi Manusia)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Morrow & Co., 1991

9780688093730

The Fugitive

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Penguin, 2000

140296522

The Girl From the Coast

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Hyperion, 2003

786887087

The King, the Witch and the Priest

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Equinox Publishing, 2001

9799589835

The Mute’s Soliloquy: A Memoir

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Penguin, 2000

140289046

INDONESIA – nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Gus Dur

Greg Barton

Equinox Pub, 2002

9789799589859

Indonesian Cinema

Karl G. Heider

Univ. of Hawaii, 1991

9780824813673

A History of Modern Indonesia

Adrian Vickers

Cambridge Univ., 2005

521542626

 

VIETNAM – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Beyond Illusions : A Novel

Duong Thu Huong

Hyperion, 2002

786864176

Memories of a Pure Spring

Duong Thu Huong

Penguin, 2001

140298436

No Man’s Land

Duong Thu Huong

Hyperion, 2006

786888571

Novel without a Name

Duong Thu Huong

Penguin, 1996

140255109

Paradise of the Blind

Duong Thu Huong

William Morrow, 1992

9780060505592

The Sorrow of War

Bao Ninh

Riverhead Trade, 1996

1573225436

VIETNAM – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Catfish and Mandala

Andrew X. Pham

Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1999

9780374119744

Dispatches

Michael Herr

Vintage, 1991

679735259

Forty Days With the Enemy

Richard Dudman

Liveright, 1971

9780871405371

Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam

Robert Templer

Penguin, 1999

140285970

 

MIDEAST

AFGHANISTAN – Fiction

Afghanistan – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead, 2007

1594489505

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead, 2003

9781573222457

EGYPT – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor, 2000

385499094

Arabian Nights and Days: A Novel

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor, 1995

385469012

Children of the Alley: A Novel

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor, 1996

385264739

Palace of Desire

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor, 1991

385264682

Palace Walk

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor, 1990

385264666

Sugar Street

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor, 1992

385264704

Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales

Naguib Mahfouz

Anchor

1400076668

ISRAEL & JEWISH – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

A Beggar in Jerusalem: A Novel

Elie Wiesel

Schocken, 1997

805210520

Davita’s Harp

Chaim Potok

Ballantine Books, 1996

449911837

Dawn

Elie Wiesel

Bantam, 1982

553225367

Day: A Novel

Elie Wiesel

Hill and Wang, 2006

809023091

I Am the Clay

Chaim Potok

Fawcett, 1993

449221385

In the Beginning

Chaim Potok

Knopf, 1975

394499603

In the Beginning

Chaim Potok

Alfred A. Knopf, 1972

9780394499604

My Name Is Asher Lev

Chaim Potok

Anchor, 2003

1400031044

My Name is Asher Lev

Chaim Potok

Alfred A. Knopf, 1972

9780394461373

Night

Elie Wiesel

Bantam, 1982

553272535

Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters

Elie Wiesel

Simon & Schuster, 1982

067144171X

The Chosen

Chaim Potok

Fawcett, 1987

449213447

The Fifth Son: A novel

Elie Wiesel

Schocken, 1998

805210830

The Forgotten

Elie Wiesel

Summit Books, 1992

671689703

The Forgotten

Elie Wiesel

Summit Books,1992

9780671689704

The Gates of November

Chaim Potok

Ballantine Books, 1997

044991240X

The Gates of November

Chaim Potok

Ballantine Books, 1997

044991240X

The Gift of Asher Lev

Chaim Potok

Ballantine Books, 1997

449001156

The Oath

Elie Wiesel

Random House, 1973

394487796

The Oath

Elie Wiesel

Random House, 1973

9780394487793

The Promise

Chaim Potok

Anchor, 2005

1400095417

LEBANON – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran

One World, 2002

9781851681785

 

EUROPE

ENGLAND – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

A Midsummer Night

William Shakespeare

Washington Square, 2004

743477545

A Passage to India

E.M. Forster

Harvest Books, 1965

156711427

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics, 2003

141439602

Animal Farm

George Orwell

Signet Classics, 1996

451526341

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Harper Perennial, 2006

60850523

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics, 2004

140439447

Fire from Heaven

Mary Renault

Vintage, 2002

375726829

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics, 2002

141439564

Hamlet (The New Folger Library Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare

Washington Square, 2003

074347712X

King Lear

William Shakespeare

Washington Square Press, 2004

074348276X

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Penguin, 1999

140283331

Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Washington Square, 2003

743477103

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Washington Square, 2004

743482751

Nicholas Nickleby

Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics, 1999

140435123

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

Plume, 2003

452284236

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

Dover Publications, 2002

486424537

Othello

William Shakespeare

Washington Square, 2004

743482824

Praise Singer

Mary Renault

ARROW, RAND, 2004

99463547

Praise Singer

Mary Renault

ARROW, RAND, 2004,

99463547

Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare

Washington Square, 2004

743477111

The Bull from the Sea

Mary Renault

Vintage, 2001

375726802

The Charioteer

Mary Renault

Vintage, 2003

375714189

The King Must Die: A Novel

Mary Renault

Vintage, 1988

394751043

The Last of the Wine

Mary Renault

Vintage, 2001

375726810

The Mask of Apollo: A Novel

Mary Renault

Vintage, 1988

394751051

The Persian Boy

Mary Renault

Vintage, 1988

394751019

 FRANCE – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Ignorance

Milan Kundera

HarperCollins, 2002

9780060002091

Invasion of the Sea

Jules Verne

Wesleyan, 2007

081956558X

Journey Through the Impossible

Jules Verne

Prometheus Books, 2003

1591020794

Les Misérables

Victor Hugo

Signet Classics, 1987

451525264

The Adventures of Captain Hatteras

Jules Verne

Oxford University, 2005

192804650

The Begum’s Millions (Early Classics of Science Fiction)

Jules Verne

Wesleyan, 2005

819567965

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Milan Kundera

Harper Classics, 1999

60932147

The Kip Brothers

Jules Verne

Wesleyan, 2007

819567043

The Mighty Orinoco

Jules Verne

Wesleyan, 2005

819567809

The Mighty Orinoco

Jules Verne

Wesleyan, 2003

9780819565112

The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays

Albert Camus

Vintage, 1991

679733736

The Plague

Albert Camus

Everyman’s Library, 2004

1400042550

The Stranger

Albert Camus

Vintage, 1989

679720200

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

Signet Classics, 2006

451530039

 GERMANY – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

All Quiet on the Western Front
(Im Westen nichts Neues)

Erich Maria Remarque

Little Brown, 1996

9780965026635

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse

MacMillan, 1997

9780330234818

The Tin Drum
(
Die Blechtrommel)

Günter Grass

Pantheon, 1959

GERMANY – Nonfiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Art & Politics in the Weimar Republic

John Willett

Pantheon, 1979

9780394739915

NETHERLANDS – Nonfiction

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank

Bantam, 1993

553296981

POLAND – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Being There

Jerzy Kosinski

Harcourt brace, 1970

9780151117000

Blind Date

Jerzy Kosinski

Grove Press, 1998

802135544

The Devil Tree

Jerzy Kosinski

Grove Press, 2003

802139655

The Painted Bird

Jerzy Kosinski

Modern Library, 1970

9780553236316

SPAIN – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Don Quixote

Miguel De Cervantes

Harper Perennial, 2005

60934344

SWITZERLAND – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Swiss Family Robinson
(Die Schweizer Familie Robinson)

Johann Rudolf Wyss

RUSSIA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Vintage, 1993

679734503

Doctor Zhivago
(Доктор Живаго)

Boris Pasternak

Pantheon, 1958

9780895773425

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Farrar, Straus, 2002

374528373

War and Peace
(Война и мир)

Leo Tolstoy

Barnes & Noble, 1993

9781566190275

 

AFRICA


Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958. It is the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world. The title of the novel comes from William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”

NIGERIA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

A Man of the People

Chinua Achebe

Anchor, 1989

385086164

African Short Stories

Chinua Achebe

Heinemann, 1988

435905368

Arrow of God

Chinua Achebe

Anchor, 1989

385014805

No Longer at Ease

Chinua Achebe

Anchor, 1994

9780385474559

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

Astor-Honor, 1959

449239195

SIERRE LEON – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah

Farrar, Straus, 2007

374105235

 

SOUTH AFRICA – Fiction

Title Author Publisher/Date ISBN13

Cry, The Beloved Country

Alan Paton

Scribner Book, 1995

9780684818948

 

When Memory Dies

A. Sivanandan

Arcadia Books, 1997

190085001X

The Sacred Willow

Duong Van Mai Elliott

Oxford Univ., USA, 2000

195137876

Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

Tor Science Fiction, 1994

812550706

At the Water’s Edge

Pradeep Jeganathan

South Focus Press, 2004

974883905

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About Jim Luce: Thought Leaders & Global Citizens

View all posts by Jim Luce: Thought Leaders & Global Citizens
Jim Luce: Thought Leaders & Global Citizens
Jim Luce (www.lucefoundation.org) writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded. As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (www.oiww.org), he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Comments are closed.