Shoeless Trivia: World Literature

And we’re back. With school out, I’m going to try to resume posting these semi-regularly, at least when I’m not traveling.

These are hard. Sorry. I’m trying to dig deep into some of my weaker categories.

  1. What nine volume novel by Laurence Sterne mixes humor, literary references, and metafictional devices, much as beer and fruit juice can be mixed to make a refreshing beverage?
  2. Omeros is a book length epic poem that is considered the major achievement of what Caribbean-born Nobel Prize winner?
  3. What historical Song Dynasty magistrate has been remembered in Chinese literature and opera as a sort of one-man Law and Order figure who investigates crimes and prosecutes the offenders?
  4. A 1941 short story by Jorge Luis Borges describes an infinite library containing all possible texts. This library shares its name with what biblical structure?
  5. In 1913 Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for literature largely on the strength of his own English translation of his poetry collection Gitanjali. In what language was Gitanjali originally written?
Answers

  1. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Tristram Shandy)
  2. Derek Walcott
  3. Bao Zheng (Bao Gong, Judge/Justice Bao)
  4. Tower of Babel
  5. Bengali

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