Physical Map of Asia

When we travel or go on a holiday, we look forward to discovering spaces and cultures new to us. Here is a list of ten books that can vicariously give us a flavour of diverse cultures in the same way. The selection zips across Asia collecting books that have won Man Booker Prize, Man Asian Literary prize and more.

The books sail from Philippines to China, Mongolia, India, Japan, Vietnam to satisfy the fussiest of palates with fiction from different cultures.

Books by award winning and popular writer Haruki Murakami of Japan; Man Asian literary prize winner Bi Feiyu of China; Man Booker prize winning writer Arvind Adiga from India and the last and only female winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, Korean writer Shin Kyung-sook , are featured in this listing.

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Chinese author Bi Feiyu is keeping a level head as he makes a name for himself internationally. Cecily Liu reports in London: The China Daily

Bi FeiyuSoon after Bi Feiyu’s 2008 novel Three Sisters was published, the Chinese author gave a book-reading in London. He was part-way through the reading when a member of the audience stood up.

“She stood up when the main female character, Yumi, called her boyfriend ‘brother’,” Bi says.