World Cup Reading List


Not everyone is a fan of football, so if you’re not (but even if you are), this list is for you!

So often, foreign literature slips under the radar, and you’d have no idea just how many amazing books and authors are out there, waiting to be discovered. So, we’ve taken all the heavyweights from each country and put them alongside their country. Who would you have chosen? We’ve suggested a few titles too, but most of these authors have too many good books to list!

World Cup International Reading List

Group A

Brazil – Clarice Lispector (The Hour of the Star)

Cameroon – Mongo Beti (Vie cruelle)

Mexico – Octavio Paz (The Labyrinth of Solitude)

Croatia – Daša Drndić (Trieste)


Group B

Australia – Peter Carey (Oscar and Lucinda)

Chile – Isabelle Allende (House of the Spirits)

Netherlands – Harry Mulisch (The Discovery of Heaven)

Spain – Miguel de Unamuno (Three Exemplary Novels and a Prologue)


Group C

Colombia – Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)

Cote d’Ivoire – Marguerite Abouet (Aya – a graphic novel)

Greece – Constantine P. Cavafy (Ithaca)

Japan – Banana Yoshimoto (Kitchen)


Group D

Costa Rica – Carlos Luis Fallas Sibaja (Marcos Ramirez)

EnglandShakespeare (Everything!)

Italy – Roberto Calasso (The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony)

Uruguay – Cristina Peri Rossi (The Ship of Fools)


Group E

Ecuador – Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco (La casa de los locos)

France – Michel de Montaigne (Les essais)

Honduras – Javier Abril Espinoza (From Now On – poetry collection)

Switzerland – Herman Hesse (Siddharta)


Group F

Argentina – Jorge Luis Borges (Fictions)

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project)

Iran – Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)

Nigeria – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Purple Hibiscus)


Group G

Germany – Herta Müller (The Hunger Angel)

Ghana – Ama Ata Aidoo (Our Sister Killjoy)

Portugal – José Saramago (The Gospel According to Jesus Christ)

USA – Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch)


Group H

Algeria – Assia Djebar (The Mischief)

Belgium – Amelie Nothomb (Fear and Trembling)

Republic of Korea – Shin Kyong Sook (Please Look After Mom)

Russia – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich)