Hooray, Chinua Achebe has won the International Man Booker Prize, an award given every two years celebrating a writer's body of work. You can read more about it here. Achebe's best known work is Things Fall Apart. As the summer holidays approach and you find yourself dreaming about traveling, books are a great way to live vicariously and explore a country's history and culture. For great suggestions, check out New York Review of Books which specializes in publishing literature in translation, or check out Words Without Borders, an online site dedicated to international literature. You can also check out the blog My Tragic Right Hip - this blogger (and Canadian book industy type) has set herself a goal of trying to read 52 books from 52 different countries this year. You can follow her reviews and suggestions here (scroll down to the bottom for her full list). She's already on Book #32 which is pretty darned impressive.