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Happy World Book Day!

 

Every day is World Book Day! Happy World Book Day! Thinking about today, World Book Day, which is every day, made me think about all the living non-American writers I adore (list to follow). How about you? Who are your favorite living non-American writers? Here are some of mine:

César Aira (Argentina)
Michal Ajvaz (Czech Republic)
Osama Alomar (Syrian)
António Lobo Antunes (Portugal)
Margaret Atwood (Canada)
Orly Castel-Bloom (Israel)
Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador)
Éric Chevillard (France)
J. M. Coetzee (South Africa)
Rachel Cusk (Canada/England)
Kamel Daoud (Algeria)
Jean Echenoz (France)
Mathias Énard (France)
Álvaro Enrigue (Mexico)
Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany)
Jon Fosse (Norway)
Anne Garréta (France)
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (South Korea)
Peter Handke (Austrian)
Yuri Herrera (Mexican)
Kim Hyesoon (South Korea)
Fleur Jaeggy (Switzerland)
Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)
György Konrád (Hungary)
László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
J. M. G. Le Clezio (France)
Roger Lewinter (French)
Alain Mabanckou (France; the Republic of the Congo)
Anne Michaels (Canada)
Dunya Mikhail (Iraq/Assyria)
Valérie Mréjen (France)
Herta Müller (Romania/Germany)
Péter Nádas (Hungary)
Marie NDiaye (France)
Dorthe Nors (Denmark)
Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan)
Patrik Ouředník (Czech Republic)
Emine Sevgi Özdamar (Turkey/Germany)
Zahia Rahmani (Algeria)
Julián Ríos (Spain)
Cristina Rivera Garza (Mexico)
Arundhati Roy (India)
Salman Rushdie (India/England)
Dušan Šarotar(Slovenia)
Will Self (England)
Ali Smith (Scotland)
Zadie Smith (England)
Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
Ken Sparling (Canada)
Pajtim Statovci (Finland)
Yoko Tawada (Japan/Germany)
Jean-Phillipe Toussaint (France)
Magdalena Tulli (Poland)
Dubravka Ugrešić (Croatia/Amsterdam)
Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
Enrique Vila-Matas (Spain)
Antoine Volodine (France)
Joanna Walsh (England)
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (Kenya)
Kim Yideum (South Korea)
Can Xue (Chinese)

 

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John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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