Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ten novels featuring mythical countries

In Partial Disgrace, a novel by the late Charles Newman more than twenty years in the writing, is being published by Dalkey Archive this spring. The book concerns an imaginary Central European nation, Cannonia. Its editor, Ben Ryder Howe, came up with a list of ten novels featuring mythical countries for Publishers Weekly. One entry on the list:
Hinchagara and the Kingdom of the Wariri

Not a country (so far as we know) but a region somewhere deep in central Africa, possibly still awaiting recognition by the outside world, and forming the scene of Saul Bellow’s armchair classic about Africa (which he too had never visited at the time of writing), Henderson the Rain King, a classic fantasia about getting purified (read: deliriously lost and naked) of Western neurosis in a primal wilderness.
Read about another mythical country on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue