ACCRA, GHANA

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (2013; Fiction)

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Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. (Source: Publisher, Penguin Press)

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

The Appointment: A novel by Herta Müller (2001; Fiction). 

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From the winner of the IMPAC Award and the Nobel Prize, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life. (Source: Publisher, Metropolitan Books)

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Ghosts by Cesar Aira (2008; Fiction)
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Ghosts revolve around an immigrant worker's family squatting on the haunted construction site of a luxury condominium building. All of the workmen and their wives and children see the ghosts, who literally hang around the place, but one teenage girl becomes the most curious. Her questions about the ghosts get so intense that her mother - in a chilling split-second - realizes her daughter's life hangs in the balance. (Source: Publisher, New Directions)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Thirteen Cents by Sello K. Duiker (2000; Fiction)

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E
very city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the mountain and sea, has its own shadow-side lurking in its lap: gangsters, pimps, pedophiles, and hunger. This book therefore is an extraordinary and unsparing account of the coming of age on the street in Cape Town - a place of dislocation and uncertainty, desperation with glimpses of happiness.  This debut novel won the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region. (Source: Publisher, Ohio University Press)

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (1949; Fiction) 
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The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky is at once merciless and heartbreaking in its compassion. It etches the limits of human reason and intelligence—perhaps even the limits of human life—when they touch the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert. (Source: Publisher, HarperPerenniall)

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

The Magic of Saida by MG Vassanji (2012; Fiction)

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The story of an African/Indian man who returns to the town of his birth in search of the girl he once loved—and the sense of self that has always eluded him. This novel incorporates a capsule history of east Africa, from precolonial times, through years of resistance and accommodation, and past the postcolonial conflicts; an account of religious conflict; a chronicle of emigration and dislocation; and a vivid examination of contemporary life in Tanzania. (Source: The Globe & Mail)

HELSINKI, FINLAND

Paasilinna, Lomas. The Year of the Hare: A Novel. (2010; Fiction)

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After his car hits a bunny, which ultimately survives, a man decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering around the countryside of Finland--with the rabbit as his only companion. (Source: Publisher, Penguin Books)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

The Garden of Evenings Mists by Tan Twan Eng (2012; Fiction)

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In the highlands of Malaya, a woman sets out to build a memorial to her sister, killed at the hands of the Japanese during the brutal Occupation of their country. Yun Ling's quest leads her to The Garden of Evening Mists, and to Aritomo, a man of extraordinary skill and reputation, once the gardener of the Emperor of Japan. When she accepts his offer to become his apprentice, she begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country's history. (Source: Publisher, Canongate Books)

LIMA, PERU

The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa (2015; Fiction)

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Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa’s newest novel follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead. (Source: Publisher, Picador)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Illustrado: A Novel by Miguel Syjuco (2010; Fiction)

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When an esteemed author is murdered, protégé Miguel seeks both answers and the whereabouts of a missing manuscript written to expose corruption among the Philippines' wealthy ruling families, an effort for which Miguel examines his mentor's life and writings. (Source: Publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

And Let the Earth Tremble at Its Centers by Gonzalo Celorio (1999; Fiction)

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At last available in English-the acclaimed Mexican novel whose protagonist, like a contemporary Leopold Bloom, takes a day-long tour of his city, exploring magnificent landmarks and grimy bars in pursuit of an elusive history. (Source: Publisher, University of Texas Press)

MUMBAI, INDIA

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri (2001; Fiction)
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l Suri’s debut novel, Vishnu, the odd-job man, lies dying on the staircase of an apartment building while around him unfold the lives of its inhabitants: warring housewives, lovesick teenagers, a grieving widower. In a fevered state, Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini and wonders if he might actually be the god Vishnu, guardian of the entire universe. (Source: Publisher, W. W. Norton & Company)

NEW DELHI, INDIA

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008; Fiction)

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Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.  (Source: Publisher. Free Press)

SANTIAGO, CHILE

House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (1985; Fiction)

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Allende’s classic, hugely successful family saga is a masterwork of magic-realism. Fusing the personal with the political and fact with fantasy, it tells Chile’s recent history through several generations of the Trueba family. (Source: The Guardian)

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Heliopolis by James Scudamore (2009; Fiction)
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Born in a São Paulo shantytown, Ludo undergoes a remarkable transformation from one side of the city’s impermeable social divide to the other. Rescued and raised by a plutocrat, Zeno Generoso, Ludo finds himself entrenched in the gated, guarded community of the super-rich. (Source: Publisher, Europa Editions)