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This Literature Map of the World Shows You Every Country's Favourite Book

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Luke Abrahams
Social Content Editor
Updated: 22 March 2017

Everyone loves a good book right? Well, guess what. A savvy reddit user has put together this awesome literary map of the world that shows what everyone’s mad for reading.

Bored of Harry Potter, tired of the Millennium trilogy, can’t be bothered to finish War and Peace? Well this map will make your morning commute that little more interesting.

Thanks to reddit user Backforward24, you can now see what the entire world’s favourite books are.

Each book represented in the map is marked by that country’s most famous or important novel.

© Backforward24 via Reddit

© Backforward24 via Reddit

Obviously the map is going to cause quite the stir. For Russia, for example, Backforward24 went with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, but we’re sure many of you will make a case for one, if not several of Dostoevsky’s works.

Backforward24 via Reddit

Backforward24 via Reddit

The UK has Pride and Prejudice, Spain – Shadow in the Wind, Iran – Persepolis and Ireland – Ulysses. The USA? To Kill a Mockingbird, of course and Canada – Anne of Green Gables, but it should really have been Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale

Backforward24 via Reddit

Backforward24 via Reddit

 

What is amazing though, is when you scroll over places like Africa and Asia.

We’re all down on our classics (those lovely books we all had to read at school), but have you ever picked up a copy of Sony Labou Tansi’s The Antipeople?

Backforward24 via Reddit

Backforward24 via Reddit

 

Thought not. Off to the bookshop wethinks!


 

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