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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Global Anthology

Yesterday, I blogged about the plan to find the Great American Novel.  Today, I thought I’d mention The Global Anthology, an initiative that highlights a work of prose from every country, as well as many nations, states, sovereignties, territories, and flag-less regions.

One piece was chosen for each country, including something from all 193 member states of the United Nations.  Every piece had to be written in or translated into English and every writer had to be native to the country represented.  The focus is on featuring under-known and contemporary writers.

“This isn’t a perfect anthology, but it is a sincere attempt to cast as wide a literary light on the world as we could for English readers. And it will be a living thing, its scope periodically updated and expanded until we’ve accounted for a voice from within every human border.”

To read something from Abkhazia or Zimbabwe or any place in between, go to