Whether you’re traveling overseas, or simply have wanderlust, a great way to immerse yourself in another culture is to read novels set in those places.
For me, the best books are those that are set in locations that are described so vividly they feel like another character in the story. Many books are written by a local author who knows the back streets and unspoken history of a place. Occasionally an author will fall deeply in love with a new place, however, and base a fantastically evocative setting on an adopted home instead.
The list includes everything from classics of world literature like The Three Musketeers (Spain) to contemporary award-winning novels like The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (The Dominican Republic) to books recently translated into English for the very first time like the Iraqi classic The Long Way Back.
You will find books from favourite authors like Margaret Atwood and Anthony Burgess and discover vibrant new voices like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz.
The infographic is published below, and for a brief synopsis of each book, head over to the Global English Editing blog.
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