Review: The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M.A. Orthofer


Title: The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

Author: M.A. Orthofer

Published: April 19th 2016, Columbia University Press

Status: Read April 2019- courtesy CUP/Netgalley


My Thoughts:

I like to think I am an eclectic reader, I read widely across genres, a mix of fiction and non fiction, but the truth is I read very little other than English speaking writers from Australia, UK and America. It’s the primary reason I participate in at least one challenge each year that requires I read world fiction.

In an effort to expand my reading horizons, I was interested in browsing through this reference book.

A short introduction speaks to the traditional challenges that affect the publication of translated fiction. These include political, cultural and economic forces, however the phenomenon globalisation, the ubiquitous influence of the internet, and the resulting digital book market, is contributing to its accessibility.

Organised geographically, the Guide then identifies fiction from the mid 1950’s or so, providing brief descriptions about each regions noteworthy authors and their works that are available in English translation. A few titles might be familiar, but likely most will not.

For the curious reader looking to broaden their fiction experience The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction is an excellent resource, which can be supplemented and expanded upon by the authors website



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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. herschelian
    Apr 20, 2019 @ 20:07:36

    So glad you reviewed this book, I had not hear of it but it is just what I need as I really enjoy reading ‘geographically’ it is now on my birthday wish list!

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  2. *Flora*
    Apr 21, 2019 @ 07:17:51

    I can’t remember the last nonfiction book I read for pleasure. Well done for completing another task in your reading challenge and finding a book that you enjoyed too.

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  4. DoingDewey
    Jun 09, 2019 @ 12:30:25

    Did you read this cover to cover? Or are you using it as a reference? I’ve not picked up a book describing a bunch of other books before, because I’m not sure just reading summaries would be interesting to me, but perhaps with commentary, it could make for fun reading.



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