Geography Challenge

Geography Challenge
Below is a list of (mostly sovereign) countries and, in gray, their local names in alphabetical order. (Disclaimer: I am not a political scientist so I may have made some mistakes here and there. Plus some of the local names have characters I don't know how to render on my Western keyboard.)

Next to the countries, in greenish, are the names of authors I have read who are from that country. I focus primarily on the birthplaces of authors. Many authors, like Nabokov, write in exile or move because life is like that; they're listed with their birthplace. Some authors are from historical localities which no longer exist: some like Kafka (Austria-Hungary) have been placed according to the modern country that holds their city (in order to aid in mapping my data), some have been omitted. The UK and Ireland are over represented in my reading habits and have not been listed. Other countries like the USA, Australia, and Canada are also over represented in my reading habits but I list any native authors.

Authors have been entered with most recently read closest to the country name. Only authors I have read since 2006 are included.

At the bottom are Iberian minority language authors.

Recommendations are welcome! There are many countries I've not heard from directly...


A
Afghanistan (Afghanestan) 
Albania (Shqiperia) Ismail Kadare
Algeria (AlJaza'ir) Ghania Mouffok, Assia Djebar, Albert Camus
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola Eduardo Agualusa
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina Maria Angelica Bosco, Patricia Sagastizabal, Claudia Piñeiro, Jorge Luis Borgés
Armenia (Hayastan)
Aruba
Australia/Aboriginal Doris Kartinyerig
Austria (Österreich) Peter Handke, Harry Seidler, Verena Stefan, Bachmann, Arthur Schnitzler
Azerbaijan (Azarbaycan)

B
Bahamas
Bahrain (Al Bahrayn) Ali Aldairy
Bangladesh 
Barbados
Belarus (Byelarus) Svetlana Alexievich
Belgium (Belgique/Belgie) Pieter Aspe, Paul Emond
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosia and Herzegovina (Bosnia i Hercegovina) Aleksandar Hemon
Botswana
Brazil (Brasil) Hilda Hilst, Paulo Coelho,
Brunei Darussalam (Negara Brunel Darussalam)
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi

C
Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Cameroon
Canada/Native
Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic (Republique Centrafricaine)
Chad (Tchad)
Chile Roberto Bolaño, Pablo Neruda
China (Zhong Guo) Gangxueyin, Lijia Zhang, Qiu Miaojin, Lu Nei, Pu Songling, Yong Chen, Xiaolu Guo, Marie Lu (American), Ruiyan Xu
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Colombia Laura Restrepo, Gabriel García Márquez
Comoros
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasha) Dambisa Moyo
Republic of Congo (République du CongoAlain Mabanckou
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)
Croatia (Hrvatska) Miljenko Jergović
Cuba Zoé Valdés, Achy Obejas, Belkis Ayón, Cristina García
Cyprus (Kibris (Turkish) Kypros (Greek))
Czech Republic (Ceska Republika) Milan Kundera, Franz Kafka, Dominika Dery

D
Denmark (Danmark) Anne Fortier, Sandi Toksvig
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic (La Republica Dominicana) Julia Alvarez, Junot Diaz

E
East Timor (Timor)
Ecuador
Egypt (Misr) Yasmine El Rashidi, Yousseff Ziedan, M.M. Tawfik, Ahdaf Soueif, Lucette Lagnado
El Salvador Horacio Castellanos Moya, Manlio Argueta
Equatorial Guinea (Guinea Ecuatorial)
Eritrea (Hagere Ertra)
Estonia (Eesti Vabariik) Kalle Lasn
Ethiopia (Ityop'iya) Abraham Verghese

F
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Faroe Islands (Foroyar)
Fiji
Finland (Suomen Tasavalta) Wanjiku Wa Ngugi, Arto Paasilinna, Tove Jansson
France many but listed, see here 
French Guiana (Guyane)
French Polynesia (Polynésie Française)

G
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia (Sak'art'velo)
Germany (Deutschland) Dan Vyleta, Bernhard Schlink, Hans Fallada, E.T.A. Hoffman, Heidegger, W.G. Sebald, Günter Grass, Herman Hesse, Bertolt Brecht
Ghana
Gibraltar
Great Britain (United Kingdom)
Greece (Ellada) Ioanna Karystiani, Amanda Michalpoulou, Panos Karnezis, Nikos Kazantzakis
Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea (Guinee)
Guinea-Bissau (Guine-Bissau)
Guyuana

H
Haiti Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Edwidge Danticat
Honduras
Hong King (Xianggang) Dorothy Tse 
Hungary (Magyarorszag) Arthur Koestler, Countess Emmuska Orczy

I
Iceland (Lyoveldio Island) Yrsa Sigurðóttir
India (Bharat) many but listed, see here 
Indonesia
Iran (Islamic Republic of) Sahar Delijani, Marjane Satrapi, Leila Azan Zanganeh, Aisye Gunzel, Roxanne Varzi
Iraq Eli Amir, Sinān Antūn
Ireland (Éire) overrepresented-unlisted
Israel (Yisra'el) Maira Kalman, Amos Oz, Anton Shammas, Tali Sharot, Dan Ariely, Judith Katzir, Alan Eilsner
Italy (Italia) many but listed, see here 

J
Jamaica Nalo Hopkinson
Japan (Nippon) many but listed, see here 
Jordan (Al Urdun) Diana Abu-Jaber

K
Kazakhstan (Qazaqstan)
Kenya
Kiribati
Democratic People's Republic (N) Korea (Choson)
Republic of (S) Korea (Han-guk) Han Kang, Jung Yun, Kyung-Sook Shin
Kosovo
Kuwait (Al Kuwayt)
Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Respublikasy)

L
Lao
Latvia (Latvija)
Lebanon (Lubnan) Hanan Al-Shaykh
Lesotho Olive Schreiner
Liberia
Libya (Libiyah) Mohamed Mesrati
Liechtenstein
Lithuania (Lietuva)
Luxembourg (Letzebuerg)

M
Macau (Aomen)
Macedonia (FYROM, Makedonija)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives (Dhivehi Raajje)
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania (Muritaniyah)
Mauritius Nathacha Appanah
Mayotte
Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) Valeria Luiselli
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia (Mongol Uls)
Montenegro (Crna Gora)
Montserrat
Morocco (Al Maghrib) Laila Lalami
Mozambique (Mocambique) Mia Couto
Myanmar, Burma (Myanma Naingngandaw)

N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands (Nederland/Holland) Gerard Reve, Hendrik Groen, N.S. Köenings, Bert Teunissen
Netherlands Antilles (Nederlandse Antillen) Frank Westerman
New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie)
New Zealand (Aotearoa) Alex Adams, Witi Ihimaera, Dylan Horrocks
Nicaragua Gioconda Belli
Niger
Nigeria Yejide Kilanko, Ayóbámi Adébáyó, A. Igoni Barrett, Lola Shoneyin, Uzodinma Iweala, Chika Unigwe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helen Oyeyemi, Chinua Achebe
Niue
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway (Norge) Jo Nesbø, Per Petterson, Jonas Bendiksen, Henry Ibsen

O
Oman (Saltanat Umar)

P
Pakistan Nadeem Aslam, Roopa Farooki, Kamila Shamsie, Tariq Ali, Mohsin Hamid
Palau (Belau)
Palestine (Dawlat Filastin) Anton Shammas, Mourid Barghouti
Panama
Papua New Guinea (Papua Niu Gini)
Paraguay
Peru Mario Vargas Llosa, Santiago Roncagliolo, Edgar Prado, Daniel Alarcón
Philippines (Pilipinas)
Pitcairn Island
Poland (Polska) Ania Ahlborn, Marek Krajewski, Bruno Schultz, Helga Schneider
Portugal Gonçalo M. Tavares, José Saramago
Puerto Rico Esmeralda Santiago

Q
Qatar (Dawlat Qatar)

R
Reunion Island (Ile de la Réunion)
Romania Herta Müller, Elie Wiesel
Russian Federation (Rossiya) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nikolai Gogol, Vlada Petrić, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Vladimir Nabakov, Gary Shteyngart, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Rwanda

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Maarten Nicola Mar
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome e Principe
Saudi Arabia (Al Arabiyah as Suudiyah) Safa Al Ahmad
Senegal
Serbia (Srbija) Charles Simic
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore Ovidia Yu
Slovakia (Slovensko)
Slovenia (Slovenija) Slavoj Žižek
Soloman Islands
Somalia
South Africa Henrietta Rose-Innes, Alan Paton, Karel Schoeman, André Carl van der Merwe, Deborah Levy
South Sudan
Spain (España) Myriam Millán, Yann Martel, Albert Espinosa, Javier Cercas, Alicia Giménez-Bartlett, Marisa Rey-Henningsen, Juan Antonio Masoliver, Juan Tovar, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Sri Lanka Nayomi Munawaera, Romesh Gunesekera, Roma Tearne, Ru Freeman, Shyam Selvadurai
Sudan (As Sudan) Leila Aboulela
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden (Sverige) many but listed, see here 
Switzerland (Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera) Alain de Botton
Syria (Suriyah) Khawla Dunia, Samar Yazbek

T
Tahiti  Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Taiwan (T'ai-wan)
Tajikistan (Jumhurii Tojikiston)
Tanzania
Thailand (Prathet Thai)
Tibet (Bod)
Togo (Republique Togolaise)
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Elizabeth Nunez
Tunisia (Tunis) Malek Sghiri
Turkey (Turkiye)
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu

U
Uganda
Ukraine (Ukrayina) Marina Lewycka, Irene Zabytko
United Arab Emirates (Al Imarat al Arabiyah al Muttahidah)
United Kingdom overrepresented
United States/Native Janet Campbell Hale, James Welch, Thomas King, Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdritch
Uruguay (Republica Oriental del Uruguay) Eduardo Galeano
Uzbekistan

V
Vanuatu
Venezuela Alberto Barrera Tyszka
Viet Nam Viet Thanh Nguyen
Virgin Islands

W
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Western Sahara (As-Sahrā' al-Gharbīyah)

Y
Yemen (Al Yaman) Jamal Jubran

Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe NoViolet Bulawanyo, Taona D. Chiveneko, Alexandra Fuller

Minority Languages of Iberia
Since I have a vested interest in minority Iberian cultures here are authors who write in their native languages. 

This list of languages is by no means comprehensive and some are controversial items. Some of these, like Extremaduran, do not actually have official recognition. Others, like Fala, may be dialects. I just keep in mind the long battle Galician had for official linguistic recognition and then for political recognition and keep them on because of my own personal interest. For this last reason (my own interest), no languages currently classified as dialects of Castellano are on here.

Catalan (Catalá/Valencià) Albert Espinosa, Josep Pla, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Esther Tusquets, Mercé Rodoreda, Maria Antonia Olíver, Ana María Moix,
Galician (Galego) Manual Rivas, Antonio Jímenez-Landi, Camilo José Cela
Basque (Euskara) Bernardo Atxaga, Mari Jose Olaziregi, Arantxa Iturbe, Xabier Montoia
Aragonese (Fabla Aragonés)
Occitan (Aranés/Lenga d'òc)
Asturian (Bable)
Cantabrian (Montañés)
Leonese (Llionés)
Extremaduran (Estremeñu)
Fala
Caló
Mirandese (Mirandés)
Judeo-Spanish (Ladino)


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