Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

What is the best-known book set in each European country?

Here's the full list. Note that in a couple of cases I have retrospectively added / changed the winner since my original post. Full analysis with links coming soon.

Russia: Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Germany: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Turkey: The Iliad, by Homer
France: Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
Italy: Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
England: Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell (not counting Harry Potter)
Spain: The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Ukraine: Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Poland: Night, by Elie Wiesel
Romania: Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Netherlands: The Diary of Anne Frank
Belgium: Villette, by Charlotte Brontë
Greece: The Odyssey, by Homer
Czech Republic: Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
Portugal: Blindness, by José Saramago
Hungary: Embers, by Sandor Márai
Sweden: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larssen
Azerbaijan: Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said
Belarus: Defiance, by Nechama Tec / The Bielski Brothers, by Peter Duffy
Austria: Persepolis, tome 3, by Marjane Satrapi
Switzerland: Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
Bulgaria: Arms and the Man, by George Bernard Shaw
Serbia: The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Olbreht
Denmark: Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Finland: Finn Family Moomintroll, by Tove Jansson
Slovakia: Zoli, by Colum McCann
Scotland: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (not counting Harry Potter)
Norway: Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder
Ireland: Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt
Georgia: Magic Rises, by Ilona Andrews
Croatia: Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
Moldova: Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, by Tony Hawks
Bosnia and Herzegovina: People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks
Wales: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Armenia: Armenian Sketchbook, by Vasily Grossman
Lithuania: The Issa Valley, by Czesław Miłosz / In the Shadow of the Altars, by Vincas Mykolaitis-Putinas
Albania: The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman
Macedonia, by Harvey Pekar and Heather Roberson, illustrated by Ed Pisko
Slovenia: Veronica Decides to Die, by Paolo Coelho 
Latvia: The Dogs of Riga, by Henning Mankell
Kosovo: Secret Sanction, by Brian F. Haig
Northern Ireland: The Case of the Missing Books, by Ian Sansom
Estonia: Purge, by Sofie Oksanen
Cyprus: Othello, by William Shakespeare
Montenegro: The Black Mountain, by Rex Stout
Luxembourg: The Expats, by Chris Pavone
Malta: The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe
Iceland: Jar City, by Arnaldur Indridason
Jersey: Night of the Fox, by Jack Higgins
Isle of Man: Safe House, by Chris Ewan
Andorra: If You Dare, by Kresley Cole
Guernsey: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Faroe Islands: Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, by Johan Harstad
Liechtenstein: Ludmila, by Paul Gallico / Stamping Grounds, by Charlie Connelly
Monaco: I kill, by Giorgio Faletti
Gibraltar: Uneasy Relations, by Aaron Elkins
San Marino: Smoke Into Flame, by Jane Arbor
Åland Islands: Ice, by Ulla-Lena Lundberg
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver / Bear Island, by Alistair McLean
Vatican City: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, by Ross King
Sark: Mr Pye, by Mervyn Peake
Herm: Fairy Gold, by Compton Mackenzie
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