Reviews index by country (and by region)


  1. Antigua and Barbuda: book by Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy (1990)
  2. Argentina: Rojo, a film by Benjamín Naishtat (2019); artist Adrián Villar Rojas or Ad Minoliti or Tomas Sarceno; book by Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream (2014/2017); book by Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976/1979)
  3. Bahamas: art by Tavares Strachan; K. A. Albury, Life on a Rock
  4. Barbados: art by Alberta Whittle
  5. Belize
  6. Bolivia: film Zona Sur (2011).
  7. Brazil: film, City of God or Bacurau or The Edge of Democracy; artist, Vik Muniz or Maria Nepomuceno or Marepe or Beatriz Milhazes or Ernesto Neto; Clarice Lispector, Hour of the Star (1977); Ellane Brum, The Collector of Leftover Souls: Dispatches from Brazil or Luiza Sauma, Flesh and Bone and Water; book by Ignacio de Loyola Brandao, Zero or Jorge Amado; TV series Girls from Ipanema or 3%
  8. Canada: film, Incendies; artist Terence Koh or Jeff Wall; Margaret Atwood, The Testaments (2019); The Naked Don’t Fear the Water by Matthieu Aikins (2022); Larry Tremblay; Annabel Lyon, Consent (2020). Other Canadian authors I love include Emily St John Mandel for Station Eleven (2014) and The Glass Hotel (2020)
  9. Chile: film, Gloria Bell (2013); artist Alfredo Jaar; book by Isabel Allende, Paula or Nona Fernandez, Space Invaders; book by Benjamin Labatut, When we Cease to Understand the World (2020)
  10. Colombia: film, Monos (2019); artist Maria Berrio/Ruby Rhumie/Doris Salcedo; book by Margarita García Robayo, Holiday Heart; book by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Reputations
  11. Costa Rica: book by Carlos Fonseca
  12. Cuba: artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres(?) or Jorge Pardo; book by Marcial Gala, The Black Cathedral or book by Carlos Manuel Alvarez, The Fallen or Dainerys Machado Vento or Eudris Planche Savon; music by Celia Cruz
  13. Dominica: artist Denisse Ariana Perez; Jean Rhys, Good Morning Midnight (1939)
  14. Dominican Republic: artist Firelei Báez; Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
  15. Ecuador: book by Monica Ojeda; book by Leonardo Valencia
  16. El Salvador: book by Estanislao Medina Huesca
  17. Grenada: artist Denzil Forrester; book by Jacob Ross, The Bone Readers
  18. Guatemala: film La Llorona (2019); book by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Severina
  19. Guyana: artist Frank Bowling; Alternative Anthem by John Agard or To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite or Edgar Mittelholzer, My Bones and My Flute
  20. Haiti: book by Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside; TV Exterminate All the Brutes
  21. Honduras: book by Alberto Arce, Blood Barrios
  22. Jamaica: book by Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (2014); book by Christine Craig, Mint Tea and Other Stories (1993)
  23. Mexico: film The Chambermaid (2019); art by Margarita Cabrera; book by Brenda Lozano, Loop (2014/2019); book by Yuri Herrera, The Transmigration of Bodies (2013/2016); TV series House of Flowers
  24. Nicaragua: Jose Adiak Montoya
  25. Palau
  26. Panama
  27. Paraguay
  28. Peru: film Song Without a Name; book by Aurora Caceres, A Dead Rose; book by Joseph Zárate, Wars of the Interior (2018/2021)
  29. St Kitts: Caryl Phillips
  30. St Lucia: Derek Walcott/Vladimir Lucien
  31. St Vincent & the Grenadines
  32. Suriname
  33. Trinidad and Tobago: book by Claire Adam, Golden Child (2019); The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (2020); book by Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956)
  34. United States of America: film Little Women (2019); film, Moonlight (2016); art by Edward Hopper; book by Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982); book by Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt (2020); book by Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy (2017); book by Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible (2020); book by Louise Erdrich, The Sentence (2021); book by Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (2019); book by T. C. Boyle, Talk to Me (2021); book Frida Kahlo and my Left Leg by Emily Rapp Black (2021); book Passing by Nella Larsen (1929); music by Prince, Welcome 2 America (2021)
  35. Uruguay: film by Alvaro Brechner or film A Twelve Year Night; artist Luis Camnitzer; book by Armonía Somers, The Naked Woman; book by Mario Benedetti, Springtime in a Broken Mirror or Gonzalo Baz
  36. Venezuela: book by Ariana Neumann, When Time Stopped (2020); book by Alberto Barrera Tyszka, The Sickness (2006/2010)


  1. Afghanistan: film Midnight Traveller (2019); artist Massoud Hassani; the British Museum’s Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World – antiquities from 2200 BCE to 200 CE; book by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (2003); book by Homeira Qaderi, Dancing in the Mosque (2021); music of Afghanistan.
  2. Algeria: film Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975); artist Adel Abdessemed; book by Assia Djebar, L’Amour, La Fantasia; book by Yasmina Khadra, The Attack (2005/2006)
  3. Armenia: artist Arshile Gorky; Three Apples Fell from the Sky by Narine Abgaryan (2015/2020)
  4. Azerbaijan: Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (1937/1970)
  5. Bahrain: artist Rashid Al Khalifa
  6. Chad: film The Screaming Man (2010)
  7. Cyprus: book The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (2019)
  8. Djibouti: film Dhalinyaro (2019); book Harvest of Skulls by Abdourahman A. Waberi
  9. Egypt: film The Nightingale’s Prayer (1959); film Souad (2021); artist Mahmoud Khaled; book by Basma Abdel Aziz, The Queue; book by Alaa Al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building
  10. Eritrea: book by Hannah Pool, My Father’s Daughter
  11. Georgia: film Negative Numbers (2019); The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili (2015/2020); food at Kartuli, London (2022)
  12. Iran: film, A Separation; film, Hit the Road (2021); artist Shirin Neshat or Tala Madani; book by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (2000-04)
  13. Iraq: film Long Days (1980); artist Osman Ahmed (from Iraqi Kurdistan); book by Ahmed Saaawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad (2013/2018)
  14. Israel: film, Foxtrot; artist Oreet Ashery or Yael Bartana; book Pain by Zeruya Shalev; book by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness or A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman; book Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (2016/16)
  15. Jordan: artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan
  16. Kazakhstan
  17. Kuwait: artist Monira Al Qadiri; book by Layla Alammar, The Pact We Made (2019)
  18. Kyrgyzstan: film by Aktan Abdykalykov;
  19. Lebanon: film, Capernaum (2018); art by Akram Zaatari/Walid Raad/Lawrence Abu Hamdan/Caline Aoun/Rayyane Tabet or Haig Evazian; book by Nathalie abi-Ezzi, A Girl Made of Dust (2008); book by Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (2014)
  20. Libya: Hisham Matar, A Month in Siena (2019); Kamal Ben Hameda, Under the Tripoli Sky
  21. Malta
  22. Mauritania
  23. Morocco: film, Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch; art by Yto Barrada(?) or Hicham Berrada or Bruno Barbey; book by Leila Slimani, Chanson douce/Lullaby (2016/2018); book by Ahmed Bouanani, The Hospital or The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun 
  24. Nepal
  25. Niger: film The Wedding Ring (2016)
  26. Oman: Jokha Alharthi, Celestial Bodies
  27. Palestine: art by Mona Hatoum; book by Ibtisim Arzem, The Book of Disappearance; book by Khulud Khamis, Haifa Fragments
  28. Qatar: artist Sophia al-Maria
  29. Saudi Arabia: film Wadjda (2012)
  30. Somalia: book by Nadifa Mohamed, Black Mamba Boy or The Fortune Men; book by Nuruddin Farah, North of Dawn/Maps
  31. Sudan: film, Talking About Trees; book by Rania Mamoun, Thirteen Months of Sunrise (2009/2019); book by Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North
  32. Syria: film For Sama (2019); artist Mohamad Hafez or Diana al-Hadid; book by Samar Yazbek, The Crossing/book by Shahla Ujayli, A Sky so Close to Us; book by Dima Alzayat, Alligator and Other Stories; book by Khaled Khalifa, Death is Hard Work
  33. Tajikistan
  34. Tunisia: film As I Open My Eyes (2015); artist Nidhal Chamekh; book by Colette Fellous, This Tilting World
  35. Turkey: film Kedi (2016); work by a selection of Turkish artists (exhibition London, 2021); novel by Elif Shafak, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (2019); novel by Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat (1943/2016); memoir by Ahmet Altan, I Will Never See the World Again (2019); non-fiction by Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories of a City (2003/2005); novel by Burhan Sönmez, Istanbul, Istanbul (2016); TV series Ethos (2020); Turkish music; a Turkish menu at home (2021)
  36. Turkmenistan
  37. UAE: artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim
  38. Uzbekistan: Hamid Ismailov, The Devil’s Dance or The Dead Lake
  39. Yemen


  1. Albania: artist Anri Sala; two books by Ismail Kadare, Broken April (1978/1990) and The Doll (2015/2020); Free by Lea Ypi (2021)
  2. Andorra: Virginia Woolf by Michèle Gazier, illustrated by Bernard Ciccolini (2011)
  3. Austria: artists Klimt and Schiele; film Goodnight Mommy or The Ground Beneath My Feet; book by Marlen Haushofer, The Wall (1963/1991); book by Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Baron Bagge (1936/2022); book by Robert Seethaler, A Whole Life (2015)
  4. Belarus: book by Svetlana Alexievich, Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories (1985/2019)
  5. Belgium: exhibition of work by Léon Spilliaert; film Close (2022); book by Annelies Verbeke, Thirty Days; TV series Hotel Beau Sejour
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina: artist Šejla Kamerić; film Quo Vadis Aida; book by Senka Marić, Body Kintsugi (2018/22); book by Velibor Čolić, The Uncannily Strange and Brief Life of Amedeo Modigliani (2000/2011)
  7. Bulgaria: artist Christo; film Cat in the Wall (2019);
  8. Croatia
  9. Czech Republic: film, Daisies; book by Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude (1976/1990)
  10. Denmark: film The Guilty (2018); film Another Round (2020); film Flee (2021); art exhibition of work by Olafur Eliasson, In Real Life (2019); book by Tove Ditlevsen, The Copenhagen Trilogy (1967-71/2019); book by Olga Ravn, The Employees (2020); 19th century stories by Hans Christian Andersen; TV series Borgen or The Rain
  11. England: film The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019); film Ali and Ava (2021); artist George Shaw; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938); Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton (2021); Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871-72); Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor (1976); Dreaming the Karoo by Julia Blackburn (2022); Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (2021); In Youth is Pleasure by Denton Welch (1945); Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood (1933); music by David Bowie
  12. Estonia: film by Veiko Ounpuu
  13. Finland: film Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki (2011); art exhibition of work by Helene Schjerfbeck (2019); book by Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (1982/2009); Children of the Cave by Virve Sammalkorpi (2016/19); book by Asko Sahlberg, The Brothers or by Pajtim Statovci, My Cat Yugoslavia
  14. France: film by Olivier Assayas, Non-fiction (Double Vies) (2019); art exhibition of work by Dora Maar; Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan (1954/55); Story of O by Pauline Reage (1954); Claudine’s House by Colette (1922/2006); book by Marguerite Duras, Practicalities (1987); book by Gregoire Courtois, The Laws of the Skies; TV series Call My Agent (2015-2020)
  15. Germany: film, The Lives of Others (2006); art exhibition (2019) of work by Käthe Kollwitz; book by Irmgard Keun, The Artificial Silk Girl (1932/33); book by Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation (2008/10); book by Berndt Brunner, Winterlust (2019); book by Daniel Kehlmann, Tyll (2017/2020); book Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (1912); book Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald (2001); TV series Deutschland 86 (2018); musician Nils Frahm
  16. Greece: film, Dogtooth or film by Athina Tsangari; art by El Greco; book by Margarita Liberaki, Three Summers;  book by Yanis Varoufakis, The Adults in the Room
  17. Hungary: film, Son of Saul, or film by Bela Tarr; art exhibition of work by Dora Maurer; book by Magda Szabó, The Door; book by Sandor Marai, Embers or book by László Krasznahorkai
  18. Iceland: music by Olafur Arnalds; visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson; book by Sigrun Palsdottirbook, History. A Mess. (2016/23); book by Sjón, Moonstone (2013/2016); book by Andri Snaer Magnason, On Time and Water (2020).
  19. Ireland: artist Michael Mosse or Francis Bacon; book by Donal Ryan, This Spinning Heart; Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (2019); book by Edna O’Brien, The Little Red Chairs (2015); book by Elizabeth Boyle, Fierce Appetites (2022); TV series The Young Offenders (2018-20); music from the island of Ireland
  20. Italy: film, The Great Beauty (2013); book by Natalia Ginzburg, Family Lexicon; book by Claudio Morandini, Snow, Dog, Foot (2015/2020). Other books read: Donatella Di Pietrantonio, A Girl Returned (2019)
  21. Latvia: artist Ivars Gravlejs … or Mark Rothko; film Away by Gints Zilbalodis; book by Nora Ikstena, Soviet Milk
  22. Liechtenstein
  23. Lithuania: art Sun & Sea installation/opera; the art of M. K. Čiurlionis; film Pilgrims (2021); film Motherland (Gimtine); book Shadows on the Tundra by Delija Valiukenas; book by Alvydas Slepikas, In the Shadow of Wolves; book The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (1968)
  24. Luxembourg: TV series Capitani
  25. Moldova
  26. Monaco
  27. Montenegro: book Catherine the Great and the Small by Olja Knezevic
  28. Netherlands: film Black Book (2006); art exhibition (2019) of work by Rembrandt; book The Discomfort of the Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (2018/20); book by Hanna Bervoets, We had to remove this post (2022); book by Hernan Koch, The Dinner (2014); book by Cees Nooteboom, The Following Story (1991/94); TV series The Swingers
  29. North Macedonia: film, Honeyland (2019)
  30. Northern Ireland: book, Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine (2018); music from the island of Ireland
  31. Norway: film The Worst Person in the World (2021); art exhibition of work by Harald Sohlberg; book by Hanne Ørstavik, Love (1997/2018); book by Kenneth Moe, Restless (2015/2019); book I Live a Life Like Yours: A Memoir by Jan Grue (2021)
  32. Poland: film, Cold War or Corpus Christii or Tricks (Sztuczki); art by Magdalena Abakanowicz; book by Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead; book by Andrzej Stasiuk, On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe; book by Witold Szablowski, How to Feed a Dictator (2019/2020); TV series Wataha (The Border/The Pack, 2014)
  33. Portugal: artist Paula Rego; book by Joao Reis, The Translator’s Bride or by Jose Saramago, Blindness
  34. Romania: film Collective (2019); book by Herta Müller, The Land of Green Plums; book by Mircea Cărtărescu, Nostalgia
  35. Russia: Loveless, a film by Andrei Zvyagintsev (2017); artist Kandinsky?; book by Ludmila Ulitskaya, Jacob’s Ladder; In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova (2017/21); book by Sergei Lebedev, Untraceable (2021); We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924/2020)
  36. San Marino
  37. Scotland: book by Cal Flyn, Islands of Abandonment (2021)
  38. Serbia: artist Marina Abramovic or Marta Popivoda; book by Srdjan Valjarevic, Lake Como; book by Momo Kapor, A Guide to the Serbian Mentality (2006)
  39. Slovakia: art works by Maria Bartuszova
  40. Slovenia: film by Jan Cvitkovic; artist Jasmina Cibic
  41. Spain: Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria), a film by Almodóvar (2019); artist Joan Miro; book by Maria Barbal, Stones in a Landslide; book by Andres Barba, Such Small Hands (2008/2017); TV series Elite or Cable Girls
  42. Sweden: two films: Force Majeure and The Square (2014 and 2017); artist Nathalie Djurberg/Hilma af Klint; book by Astrid Lindgren, A World Gone Mad: The Wartime Diaries (2016); book by Stig Dagerman, A Moth to a Flame (1948/1950/2019); TV series Love and Anarchy; Swedish pop music
  43. Switzerland: film, Olga (2021); film, Mario; art exhibition of work by Félix Vallotton (2019); book by Fleur Jaeggy, I am the Brother of XX or Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta by Aglaja Veteranyi; book by Paul Nizon, My Year of Love/Martin Suter, Elefant
  44. Ukraine: artist Kasimir Malevich; book by Oksana Zabuzhko, Your Ad Could Go Here (2020); book by Andrey Kurkov, Death and the Penguin (1996); TV show Servant of the People (2015)


  1. Angola: artist Nastio Mosquito or Tuva Wolf; book by José Eduardo Agualusa, A General Theory of Oblivion (2013/2015)
  2. Benin: film Divine Carcass (1988); music by Angelique Kidjo
  3. Botswana: artist Meleko Mokgosi
  4. Burkina Faso: architect Diébédo Francis Kéré; film On a le temps pour nous (2019)
  5. Burundi: film, Les Pieds et Les Mains; book by Roland Rugero, Baho! (2012/2016)
  6. Cabo Verde: art by Alex da Silva; film Kmêdeus (2020); book by Eileen Barbosa or Dina Salustio, The Madwoman of Serrano
  7. Cameroon: film Africa je te Plumerai (1992); book by Werewere Liking, La mémoire amputée; Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (2016)
  8. Central African Republic
  9. the Comoros
  10. Congo (DR): art by sculptor Freddy Tsimba or by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga or by Chéri Samba; book by In Koli Jean Bofane, Congo Inc.: Bismarck’s Testament or Fiston Mwanza, Tram 83
  11. Congo (R): book by Alain Mabanckou, Broken Glass/Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty
  12. Côte d’Ivoire: artist Joana Choumali; film Night of the Kings; book by Gauz, Standing Heavy (2014/2022); book by Véronique Tadjo, In the Company of Men
  13. Equatorial Guinea: book by Trifonia Melibea Obono, La Bastarda; Obi’s Nightmare or Inongo-vi-Makomè’s Natives
  14. Eswatini
  15. Ethiopia: artist Tadesse Mesfin; book by Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King (2020); book by Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone; music – ethiojazz and Sons of Ethiopia by Admas
  16. Gabon: artist Yannis Davy Guibinga
  17. Gambia
  18. Ghana: artist Ibrahim Mahama; book by Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016); book by Meshack Asare, Sosu’s Call/Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautiful Ones are not yet Born
  19. Guinea
  20. Guinea-Bissau: The Ultimate Tragedy by Abdulai Sila
  21. Kenya: film Supa Modo (2018); artist Wangechi Mutu; book by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Dust (2014); book by Nanjala Nyabola, Travelling while Black: Essays inspired by a life on the move (2020); book by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, Coming to Birth; book by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, A Grain of Wheat/Weep Not, Child; Nairobi Echoes by Stanley Gazemba; One Day I’ll Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina
  22. Lesotho: film This is not a Burial, it’s a Resurrection (2019); book by Thomas Nefolo, Chaka
  23. Liberia
  24. Madagascar
  25. Malawi: art work ‘Antelope’ by Samson Kambalu; book by William Kamkwamba, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind or book by Jack Mapanje, Skipping Without Ropes
  26. Mali: film Yeelen (1987); art by Seydou Keita; music by Ali Farka Touré
  27. Mauritius: film Waiting for Happiness (2002); book by Ananda Devi, Eve Out of Her Ruins; book by Sudhir Hazareesingh, Black Spartacus or Guantanomo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
  28. Mozambique: book by Mia Couto, Sleepwalking Land
  29. Namibia: book Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition
  30. Nigeria: film The Wedding Party (2016); exhibition of a photo series by Jide Odukoya (2019); book by Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2019); book by Chinua Achebe, There was a Country; Looking For Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria by Noo Saro-Wiwa; music by Burna Boy
  31. Rwanda: book by Scholastique Mukasonga, Our Lady of the Nile (2012/2014); book by Gael Faye, Small Country
  32. Sao Tome and Principe
  33. Senegal: film, Atlantics (2019); book by Mariama Ba, So Long a Letter (1979/1981); book by David Diop, At Night All Blood is Black (2018/2020)
  34. Seychelles
  35. Sierra Leone: book by Aminatta Forna, The Memory of Love (2010); book by Ismail Beah, A Long Way Gone (2007); film by Sorious Samura, Sing Freetown
  36. South Africa: film 8 or The Soul Collector (2019); film District 9 (2009); artist Zanele Muholi or artist Dineo Seshee Bopape; book by Deborah Levy, Real Estate (2021); book by Miriam Tlali, Between Two Worlds (1975); book by Damon Galgut, The Good Doctor (2003); book by Damon Galgut, The Promise (2021); book by J. M. Coetzee, Summertime (2009); book by Es’kia Mphahlele, Down Second Avenue (1959); TV series Trackers; 20th century musical classics; South African food (and cocktails) in Peckham, South London
  37. South Sudan
  38. Tanzania: artist Lubaina Himid or Sungi Mlengaya; book by Abdulrazak Gurnah (1994), Paradise
  39. Togo: book by Tété-Michel Kpomassie, An African in Greenland (1977/1981)
  40. Uganda: book by Glaydah Namukasa or book by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  41. Zambia: film I Am Not a Witch (2017); The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell; music by Sampa the Great
  42. Zimbabwe: film, Cook Off (2017); artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami; book by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988); book by NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (2014); book by Petina Gappah, The Book of Memory (2015); book by Tendai Huchu, The Hairdresser of Harare (2010).


  1. Australia: art by Ron Mueck; film Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019); book by Jane Harper, Force of Nature (2017); book by Robbie Arnott, Flames (2018); TV series The Newsreader (2021); album We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches
  2. Bangladesh: artist Matthew Krishanu or Naeem Mohaiemen; book A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (2007)
  3. Bhutan: film Happiness or Sing Me a Song or Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
  4. Brunei
  5. Cambodia: book by Vaddey Ratner, In the Shadow of the Banyan
  6. China: film The Farewell (2019); art by Ai WeiWei; book by Ling Ma, Severance
  7. Fiji: book by Satendra Nandan, Requiem for a Rainbow
  8. India: artist Anish Kapoor or Hema Upadhyay or Subodh Gupta or Raqib Shaw or Nalini Malani; two films: 3 Idiots and Like Stars on Earth (2009 and 2007); book by Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997); book by Salman Rushdie, Quichotte (2019); book by Perumal Murugan, Pyre (2013/16)
  9. Indonesia: film The Night Comes For Us; The Wandering by Intan Paramaditha (2017/2020)
  10. Japan: film, Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989); film Drive My Car (2021); artist Yayoi Kusama of Infinity Room and pumpkin fame; book by Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman (2016); book The Memory Police by Yoko Agawa (1994/2019); book Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima (serialized 1978-79/2018); book by Genki Kawamura, If Cats Disappeared from the World (2012/2018); The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura (1906); book The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe (1962); book by Kenzaburo Obe; Japanese music; animated series Aggretsuko; Japanese food at Yama Momo
  11. Kiribati
  12. Laos
  13. Malaysia: film Crossroads: One Two Jaga; book by Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists
  14. Maldives
  15. Marshall Islands
  16. Micronesia
  17. Mongolia
  18. Myanmar: book by Wendy Law-Yone, Golden Parasol: A Daughter’s Memoir; book by Pascal Khoo Thwe, From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey
  19. Nauru
  20. New Zealand: film Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi (2019); artist Simon Denny; stories by Katherine Mansfield and reflective essay by Kirsty Gunn; TV series Wellington Paranormal (2018-21)
  21. North Korea: film, King Jong II: Beauty is Added to the Country under the Great General’s Leadership; book by Lee Hyeon-seo, The Girl with Seven Names
  22. Pakistan: artist Rasheed Araeen; book by Fatima Bhutto, Shadow of the Crescent Moon; book by Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadows; book by Mohsin Hamid, The Last White Man (2022)
  23. Papua New Guinea
  24. Philippines: artist David Medalla or Maria Taniguchi; book by Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado
  25. Samoa: book by Sia Figiel, Where We Once Belonged
  26. Singapore: artist Heman Chong; Sharleen Teo, Ponti
  27. Solomon Islands
  28. South Korea: film, Parasite (2019); film Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring (2003); exhibition of work by Nam June Paik (2019); book by Hwang Sok-yong, At Dusk; book by Han Kang, Human Acts (2014/2016); TV show Squid Game (2021)
  29. Sri Lanka: book by Romesh Gunesekera, Suncatcher (2019)
  30. Thailand: film Die Tomorrow (2017); artist Udomsak Krisanamis or Rirkrit Tiravanija (The Land); book by Duanwad Pimwana, Arid Dreams (2014/2019)
  31. Timor-Leste
  32. Tonga
  33. Tuvalu
  34. Vanuatu
  35. Vietnam: artist Danh Vō; book by Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (2019); Vietnamese food at Banh Banh in Peckham, South London

Entries with links have already been reviewed. Others are forthcoming. Gaps mean I haven’t chosen books/films/artists yet, and am still looking for inspiration! I’d like to end up with four entries for each country: a male and female writer from each; a film (or even a TV show); and an artist/work of art.

Where two publication dates are given, the second refers to the date of publication of the translated edition.

LIFE WRITING/AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR and DOCUMENTARY FILMS that work as memoir (not including works that self-identify as fiction, but are widely acknowledged to be based on real events)


  • Ismail Beah, A Long Way Gone (2007); Tove Ditlevsen, The Copenhagen Trilogy (1967-71/2019); Michèle Gazier, Virginia Woolf (2011); Ismail Kadare, The Doll (2015/2020); Deborah Levy, Real Estate (2021); Astrid Lindgren, A World Gone Mad: The Wartime Diaries (2016); Hisham Matar, A Month in Siena (2019); Ariana Neumann, When Time Stopped (2020); Tété-Michel Kpomassie, An African in Greenland (1977/1981); Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (2000-04)

  • For Sama (2019); Midnight Traveller (2019)
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