"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".
It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.
Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.
This week's topic is a Freebie
There are always subjects that are interesting and that I just love to follow. But there are also subjects that hardly ever come up, like books from certain countries or books in other languages. One of the most neglected areas in the blogging community is probably Eastern Europe. Except for a few top Russian authors, many are widely unknown, even the ones that were awarded a Nobel Prize (that's why I marked them specially). Therefore, I thought I'd dig up some of the good ones that aren't always in the top lists. Sometimes, there is more than one great book from a country, so I've listed a few more this week.
Alexijevich, Svetlana "Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster" (Russian: Чернобыльская молитва/Černobylskaja molitva) - 2006 (Nobel Prize)
Filipović, Zlata "Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo" (Bosnian: Zlatin dnevnik: otroštvo v obleganem Sarajevu) - 1993
Kulin, Ayşe "Rose of Sarajevo" (Turkish: Sevdalinka) - 1999
Stanišić, Saša "How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone" (German: Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert) - 2006
Štimec, Spomenka "Croatian War Nocturnal" (Kroata Milita Noktlibro) - 1993
Gárdonyi, Géza "Slave of the Huns" aka "The Invisible Man" (Hungarian: A láthatatlan ember) - 1901
Kertész, Imre "Fateless" or "Fatelessness" (Hungarian: Sorstalanság) - 1975 (Nobel Prize)
Wiesel, Elie (Eliezer Vizl) "Night" (French: La Nuit/Yiddish: Un di Velt Hot Geshvign) - 1958 (Nobel Prize)
Tokarczuk, Olga "Primeval and other Times" (Polish: Prawiek i inne czasy) - 1996 (Nobel Prize)
Eliade, Mircea "Marriage in Heaven" (Romanian: Nuntă în cer) - 1938
Müller, Herta "The Appointment" (German: Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet) - 1997 (Nobel Prize)
Müller, Herta "The King Bows and Kills" (German: Der König verneigt sich und tötet) - 2003 (Nobel Prize)
I left out the most famous ones like Dostoewsky, Gogol, Gorky, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstoy.
Chukovskaya, Lydia "Going Under" (Russian: Спуск под воду/Spusk pod vodu)
Rand, Ayn "We the Living" - 1936
Rasputin, Valentin "Farewell to Matyora" (Russian: Прощание с Матёрой/Proschanie s Materoj) - 1976
- "To Live and Remember" (or: Live and Remember) (Russian: Живи и помни = Zhiwi e pomni) - 1974
Tsypkin, Leonid Borissowitsch (Леонид Борисович Цыпкин) "Summer in Baden-Baden" (Russian: Ljubit Dostojewskowo - лджубит достоджэвсково) - 1981
Ulitzkaya, Lyudmila "Imago" or "The Big Green Tent" (RUS: Зеленый шатер = Zelenyi shater)
Andrić, Ivo "The Bridge on the Drina" (Serbo-Croat: На Дрини Ћуприја or Na Drini Ćuprija) - 1945 (Nobel Prize)
Lewycka, Marina "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" - 2005
I know there is always some controversy about where Eastern Europe ends. In my opinion, anything that lies behind Turkey and Russia is Asia but in a lot of lists you find them (and the Caucasus countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and also the Republics of Abkhazia, Artsakh and South Ossetia or the unrecognized state of Transnistria) as belonging to Europe. So, I have included a nice book about Azerbaijan, again written in another language, German, because the author lives there now.
Grjasnowa, Olga "All Russians Love Birch Trees" (German: Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt) - 2012
I'm still missing quite a few countries, so if you have any advice on good books from those countries, please let me know.
As you can see, not all the books were written in the language of the respective country. That's partly due to the authors emigrating elsewhere.
After I chose this topic, one of the blogs I follow posted a guide for readers to Eastern Europe. There are some good books in this list.