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"What is Literature For?  by The School of Life

Published on Sep 18, 2014

Why should we spend our time reading novels and poems when, out there, big things are going on? 

My Year Reading a Book from Every Country in the World | Ann Morgan | TED Talks

Ann Morgan considered herself well read — until she discovered the "massive cultural blindspot" in her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few works from authors beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she's urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores. Explore interactive maps of her reading journey here:

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