EU Still 28

2018 was supposed to have been the last entire year during which the UK retained EU membership. So, I acknowledged that sad fact by reading one book by an author from each of the then still 28 EU member states. This idea was inspired by Marina Sofia at Findingtimetowrite, who the year before had started the #EU27Project as a way to say farewell to the remaining 27 countries. I took a slightly different approach and also read a book by an author from the UK, more precisely from Scotland, since the vast majority there voted to remain in the EU.

Below you can find the list of all the 28 books that I read for this project. It features mostly novels but also a few collections of short stories and poetry. All titles link to the corresponding review. Furthermore, all the blog posts related to this reading project are tagged with #EUstill28.


Austria – The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler

Belgium – The Life of Hunger by Amélie Nothomb

Bulgaria – The Physics of Sorrow by Georgi Gospodinov

Croatia – S.: A Novel about the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic

Cyprus – Census by Panos Ioannides

Czech Republic – My Golden Trades by Ivan Klíma

Denmark – Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

Estonia – The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk

Finland – The Mine by Antti Tuomainen

France – Uma Vida à Sua Frente (The Life Before Us) by Romain Gary

Germany – The New Sorrows of Young W. by Ulrich Plenzdorf

Greece – The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis

Hungary – Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb

Ireland – The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Italy – A Amiga Genial (My Brilliant Friend) by Elena Ferrante

Latvia – High Tide by Inga Abele

Lithuania – Tula by Jurgis Kuncinas

Luxembourg – At the Edge of Night by Anise Koltz

Malta – The Misfit by Oliver Friggieri

Netherlands – Dear Mr M. by Herman Koch

Poland – Instante (Moment) by Wislawa Szymborska

Portugal – O Homem Duplicado (The Double) by José Saramago

Romania – For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian

Slovakia – Seeing People Off by Jana Benová

Slovenia – Panorama by Dusan Sarotar

Spain – Nada by Carmen Laforet

Sweden – The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

United Kingdom – Glister by John Burnside