This is a completely unplanned, spur of the moment post so bare with me, okay? As most of you know, today is the beginning of the 2014 World Cup. I am not a huge fan of football/soccer, so nothing special there. However, I saw Penguin tweet that they had set up a Penguin Cup where “16 of the world’s literary giant battle it out for supremacy”. To put it in a nutshell, they have formed national teams out of famous authors.
For example England’s team has Agatha Christie, J.K. Rowling and George Orwell up front, whereas Germany has Nietsche, Kafka and Marx. It’s all quite hilarious, and I thought I’d share it with you since it me at least me smile. In addition, it is also interesting to see the line up for non-European countries, because I know less about their literary traditions. For me, Brazil, Colombia and Australia feature a lot of names that I haven’t heard, which is great because it helps me to discover new authors!
I hope you check it out, and enjoy it as much as I did! Also, let me know in the comments which is your favourite team! (Mine’s England, no surprise.)