When I was playing on the internet to see if my reading challenge was feasible I discovered something and remembered something else.
Discovery: if you type “the great [country] novel” into Google a book will always come up even though the concept is totally ridiculous. Even if you type “The great Singapore novel” you get something. Actually, something that looks quite good and that I look forward to reading because I will inevitably end up in Singapore. Of course, you also get a result if you type in “The great New Zealand novel”. This is a list from the Listener. It seems a bit unfair that Janet Frame and Katherine Mansfield have the top five spots all to themselves. Not that I quibble with their quality, they could just be a bit more generous with the list.
Remembered: I once commented to a friend that there every country must have a pop star like Dave Dobbyn. Someone who has been around for ages, is actually pretty good, but because they are from an obscure country or sing in a funny language or whatever they are virtually unknown outside their homeland. This would be called the Dobbyn Phenomenon. So, while I am doing my reading challenge I think I will also try and find the Dave Dobbyn of each country that I visit. How bad could Indonesian rap music be?