Group F consists of Nigeria, Argentina, Iran, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here is who will be representing these countries in the World Cup of Literature:
Nigeria: Chinua Achebe, “Things Fall Apart”
Argentina: Jorge Luis Borges, “Ficciones”
Iran: Marjane Satrapi, “Persepolis”
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ivo Andric, “The Bridge on the Drina”
Group F is another where the real battle is the battle for second place. Argentina is favored heavily in both the soccer and literature World Cups. Borges is the king of literature. His Ficciones collection is a seminal work that collects some of Borges’ most inventive and influential works. He’s the best. Argentina is the best.
Speaking of seminal works, Chinua Achebe is the author of one of the most important works of African literature, Things Fall Apart. It is required reading across Africa and in University English courses around the world.
Iran’s selection is another graphic novel. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis is an autobiographical tale about her childhood during the Islamic Revolution. A film adaptation was also made of the graphic novel and released in 2007.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s team is perhaps the most unknown but they are out to prove themselves as a contender. Ivo Andric was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961 and his novel, The Bridge on the Drina is the most recognized of his works. It tells the story of the destinies and relations of the inhabitants of a small town on the Drina river over four centuries. It looks like a good one. This is my dark horse.
My soccer picks: Argentina, Nigeria
My literature picks: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina