Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors


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The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author’s nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).

On the map I’m only tracking new reads, not also rereads.

This is a project continued from 2019.  2020 reads for a country already covered in 2019 will override the 2019 reads.  (2019 books listed below.)

 

The Books:

Africa

Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should All Be Feminists (new)

South Africa
Agatha Christie: The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 (new)

Ghana
Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing (new)

Burundi
Gaël Faye: Petit pays (Small Country) (new)

Gambia
Phyllis Wheatley: Memoir and Poems (new)

 

Americas

USA
Martha Wells: All Systems Red (new)
Sarah-Jane Stratford: Radio Girls (new)
Various Authors, Lee Child (ed.): Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance (new)
Tamora Pierce: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hands of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant (all new)
Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora (new)
Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World (new)
Charles Portis: True Grit (new)
Sara Paretsky: Indemnity Only (new)
Lee Goldberg: Lost Hills (new)
Anne Fadiman: Confessions of a Common Reader (new)
Martha Grimes: The Horse You Came In On (new)
Anthony Boucher: The Case of the Baker Street Originals (new)
Otto Penzler (ed.) & Various Authors: Murder at the Racetrack, Dangerous Women, and Bibliomysteries (all new)
Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily, A New Hope (new)
Ellery Queen: The Roman Hat Mystery (new)
Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (new)
Michael Connelly: The Night Fire (new)
Aimée and David Thurlo: Second Sunrise (new)
Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Tom Dooley (new)
Alice Hoffman: The River King (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground (new)
Julie Smith & Various Authors: New Orleans Noir (new)
Jacques Futrelle: The Thinking Machine at Work (new)
Ellery Queen: The Chinese Orange Mystery (new)

Antigua
Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place (new)

Peru
Nicholas Shakespeare: The Dancer Upstairs (new)

Dominica
Elena John: Unburnable (new)

 

Asia

Philippines
Mia Alvar: In the Country (new)

Syria
Rafik Schami: Murmeln meiner Kindheit (My Childhood’s Marbles) and Eine Hand voller Sterne (A Handful of Stars) (both new)

India
Barbara Cleverly: Ragtime in Simla (new)

Armenia
Eve Makis: The Spice Box Letters (new)

Iran
Anita Amirrezvani: The Blood of Flowers (new)

 

Australia / Oceania

Australia
Holly Throsby: Goodwood (new)

New Zealand
Medieval Murderers: The Lost Prophecies (reread)
(Note: Counting for the book’s final episode, which is set in a post-apocalyptic version of NZ.)

 

Europe

United Kingdom
Gladys Mitchell: Death Comes at Christmas (aka Dead Men’s Morris), Speedy Death, The Mystery of a Butcher’s ShopThe Saltmarsh Murders, and Death at the Opera (all new)
Agatha Christie: 12 Radio MysteriesTowards ZeroOrdeal by InnocenceThe Harlequin Tea Set and Other StoriesCat Among the Pigeons, Dumb Witness, Elephants Can Remember, A Caribbean Mystery, Death on the Nile, Poirot Investigates, Poirot’s Early Cases, At Bertram’s Hotel, Sleeping Murder, Nemesis, Murder in the Mews and Other Stories , Sad Cypress, The Hollow, The A.B.C. Murders, 4:50 from Paddington, A Murder Is Announced, The Thirteen Problems, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles (all revisited on audio), as well as Black Coffee (play) (new)
E.M. Delafield: The Diary of a Provincial Lady (new)
Dorothy Dunnett: The Game of Kings (new)
David Ashton: McLevy, Series 1 & 2 (new)
Elizabeth George: I, Richard and Careless in Red (both revisited on audio)
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice (twice), Overture to DeathLight ThickensDead WaterDeath at the BarEnter a MurdererA Man Lay DeadDeath on the Air and Other StoriesWhen in RomeSinging in the ShroudsFalse Scent, and Final Curtain (all revisited on audio)
Tony Riches: Jasper and Henry (both new)
John Bercow: Unspeakable (new)
Patricia Wentworth: The Case of William SmithThe Case Is Closed, Pilgrim’s Rest, and Lonesome Road (all new), Miss Silver Comes to Stay (reread)
Colin Dexter: Last Bus to Woodstock  and The Dead of Jericho (both revisited on audio)
Raymond Postgate: Somebody at the Door, Verdict of Twelve , and The Ledger Is Kept (all new)
Ellis Peters: The Sanctuary Sparrow, An Excellent Mystery, One Corpse too Many, The Devil’s Novice, The Heretic’s Apprentice, and Monk’s Hood (all revisited on audio)
J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests (new)
Terry Manners: The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes (new)
Margery Allingham: The Beckoning LadyBlack Plumes (both new), Death of a GhostMystery MileSweet DangerDancers in MourningFlowers for the Judge, and Police at the Funeral (all revisited on audio), My Friend Mr. Campion and Other Stories, and More Work for the Undertaker (both new), and The Case of the Late Pig (twice) (reread)
P.D. James: BBC 4 Radio Collection (7 full cast adaptations) and Devices and Desires (all revisited on audio)
Keith Frankel: Granada’s Greatest Detective (new)
Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law, Tenant for Death, and Suicide Excepted (all new)
Georgette Heyer: No Wind of Blame (reread)
Joy Ellis: The Patient Man and They Disappeared (bot new)
Anne Perry: Defend and Betray (new)
Michael Cox: A Study in Celluloid (new)
Emmuska Orczy: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard and Skin o’ My Tooth (both new)
Val McDermid: Broken Ground (new)
Josephine Tey: A Daughter of Time (reread), Miss Pym DisposesDickon (as Gordon Daviot), The Man in the QueueTo Love and Be WiseA Shilling for Candles, and The Singing Sands (all new)
Detection Club: Ask a Policeman (new)
Susanna Gregory: An Unholy Alliance (new)
R. Austin Freeman: The Red Thumb Mark and The Adventures of Dr. Thorndyke (aka The Singing Bone) (both new)
Alan Melville: Weekend at Thrackley (new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Busman’s Honeymoon (play and novel, new and audio revisit, respectively)Love All (play, new), Have His Carcase, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Murder Must Advertise , The Nine Tailors, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Hangman’s Holiday, Lord Peter Views the Body, Unnatural Death, and In the Teeth of the Evidence (all revisited on audio)
Bernard Capes: The Mystery of the Skeleton Key (new)
Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone (new)
P.G. Wodehouse: Thank You, Jeeves and Jeeves in the Offing (both new)
Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson: Enter Sir John (new)
Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local (new)
Christianna Brand: Green for DangerDeath in High HeelsTour de ForceHeads You Lose, Suddenly at His Residence, and Fog of Doubt (all new)
Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes Collection (posthumous compilation) (audio revisit of selected short stories)
Clemence Dane: A Bill of Divorcement (new)
E.F. Benson: The Blotting Book (new)
J.K. Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantstic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages (all audio)
A.E.W. Mason: At the Villa Rose (new)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Deep Waters, Resorting to Murder, Continental Crimes, Serpents in Eden, Blood on the Tracks, Murder at the Manor, and Settling Scores (all new)
Candace Robb: The Riddle of St. Leonard’s (new)
Nicholas Blake: The Beast Must Die (new)
Anthony Gilbert: Death in Fancy Dress (new)
Kathryn Harkup: Death by Shakespeare (new)
Patricia Moyes: The Sunken Sailor (new)
Michael Jecks: The Malice of Unnatural Death (new)
T.S. Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (revisited on audio)
J.J. Connington: Nordenholt’s Million (new)
Emmuska Orczy, Maurice Leblanc, Victor L. Whitechurch, Freeman Wills Crofts: Classic Railway Murders ((largely) new)

Iceland
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: The Legacy (new)
A.S. Byatt: Ragnarok (new)

Italy
Patricia Moyes: Dead Men Don’t Ski (new)

France
J. Jefferson Farjeon: Seven Dead (new)
Freeman Wills Crofts: The Cask (new)
Jean-Francois Parot: L’énigme des Blancs-Manteaux (new)
James MacManus: Black Venus (new)

Sweden
Helene Tursten: Night Rounds (new)

Hungary
Patrick Leigh Fermor: Between the Woods and the Water (new)

Romania
Olivia Manning: The Great Fortune (new)

Austria
Lili Grün: Alles ist Jazz (new)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saša Stanišić: Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert and Herkunft (both new)

Croatia
Ranka Nikolić: Mord mit Meerblick (new)

Germany
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Über Kunst und Altertum in den Rhein- und Main-Gegenden (new)
Irmgard Wolf & Manfred Engelhardt: Mit Goethe am Rhein (new)

The Netherlands
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Foreign Bodies (new)
(Note: Anthology featuring stories from around the world, attributing it to NL because of the two Dutch entries)

Russia
Naomi Novik: Spinning Silver
(Note: Set in a fictional country, but linguistically, culturally and plot-wise, this is drenched in all things Slav, particularly Russian.)

Greece
W. Stanley Moss: Ill Met by Moonlight (new)

 

The 2020 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2020, to date:
Books by female authors: 146
– new: 79
– rereads: 67

Books by male authors: 54
– new: 50
– rereads: 4

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 18
– new: 17
– rereads: 1

The Reading Lists:

AFRICA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/974/africa

LATIN / SOUTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/975/latin-south-america-and-caribbean

EAST / SOUTHEAST ASIA AND OCEANIA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/981/east-southeast-asia-and-oceania

MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/977/middle-east-and-central-asia

EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/978/eastern-and-central-europe

WOMEN WRITERS (global list):
http://themisathena.booklikes.com/post/1618777/women-writers-reading-list

 

 

The 2019 Books:


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Africa

Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)

Egypt
Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)
Agatha Christie:Murder on the Nile (new) and Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)

Zimbabwe
Alexandra Fuller: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (new)

Morocco
Laila Lalami: The Moor’s Account (new)

Rwanda
Clea Koff:The Bone Woman (new)

Ghana
Kofi Annan: Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (new)

Sierra Leone
Aminatta Forna:The Memory of Love (new)

Democratic Republic of Congo
Sandra Uwiringiyimana: How Dare the Sun Rise (new)

 

Americas

USA
Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)
Mary Roberts Rinehart:The Red Lamp (new)
Nevada Barr: Track of the Cat (new)
Louise Erdrich: The Plague of Doves (new)
James D. Doss: The Night Visitor (new)
Ann Leckie:The Raven Tower (new)
Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (eds.) & Various Authors:A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (new)
Bob Berman:Earth-Shattering (new)
Fredric Brown:The Dead Ringer (new)
Jim Butcher:The Aeronaut’s Windlass (new)
Anna Katharine Green:The Golden Slipper (new)
Toni Morrison: Beloved (new)
Clayton Rawson:Death from a Top Hat (new)
Delia Owens:Where the Crawdads Sing (new)
Rex Stout: And Be a Villain (new)
Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen (new)
Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke (revisited)
Dennis Lehane: The Given Day (new)
Sharyn McCrumb: The Unquiet Grave (new)
Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell, Steven Kramer & Various Contributors: Evil Has a Name (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train (new)
Susan Orlean: The Library Book (new)
Dorothy B. Hughes: The So Blue Marble (new)
Donna Andrews:Owl Be Home for Christmas (new)
Louisa May Alcott:The Christmas Stories (individually part new, part revisited; new as a collection)

* Puerto Rico
Rosario Ferré:The House on the Lagoon (new)

Canada
Stef Penney: The Tenderness of Wolves (new)
Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed and The Testaments (both new); The Handmaid’s Tale (revisited on audio)
Louise Penny: Still Life (new)

Brazil
Clarice Lispector:The Hour of the Star (new)

Curaçao
John le Carré: The Night Manager (new)

Dominican Republic
Julia Alvarez: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (new)

Haiti
Tom Reis:The Black Count (new)

Mexico
Silvia Moreno-Garcia:Gods of Jade and Shadow (new)

Jamaica
Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton (new)

Guatemala
Kathy Reichs: Grave Secrets (new)

Barbados
Agatha Christie: A Caribbean Mystery (revisited on audio)
(Note: The book was inspired by Christie’s own visit to Barbados; presumably the book’s fictional island setting of “St. Honoré” is thus based on Barbados.)

 

Asia

China
Xinran:The Good Women of China (new)

Japan
Shizuko Natsuki:Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)

North Korea
Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names (new)

South Korea
Min Jin Lee:Pachinko (new)

Sri Lanka
Michael Ondaatje: Anil’s Ghost (new)

Turkey
Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve (new)

India
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Sister of My Heart (new)
M.M. Kaye:Death in Kashmir (new)
William Dalrymple: The Last Mughal (new)
Anne Perry: A Christmas Garland (new)

Kyrgizstan
Chingiz Aitmatov: Jamilia (new)

Philippines
Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World (new)

Iraq
Gertrude Bell, Georgina Howell (ed.): A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert (new)

Azerbaijan
Banine:Days in the Caucasus (new)

Malaysia
Zen Cho:Sorcerer to the Crown (new)

Israel / Palestine
Agatha Christie:Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (new)

 

Australia / Oceania

Australia
Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (new)
Trudi Canavan: The Magicians’ Guild (new)

New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh:Vintage Murder, Died in the Wool, and Photo Finish (all revisited on audio)
Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider (new)

 

Europe

United Kingdom
Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)
Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets (new)
P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)
Agatha Christie: The Big Four, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, The Unexpected Guest, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary (twice), Parker Pyne Investigates, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, Hallowe’en Party, And Then There Were None, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, The Witness for the Prosecution, The Golden Ball and Other Stories, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio; The Unexpected Guest also in print); as well as The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Personal Call / Murder in the Mews (new)
Elizabeth Ferrars: Murder Among Friends (new)
Barbara Pym:Excellent Women, Quartet in Autumn, and An Unsuitable Attachment (all new)
Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters(both revisited on audio), Mort, Sourcery, Guards! Guards!, Monstrous Regiment, Pyramids (all new) and Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Georgette Heyer: Why Shoot a Butler?, They Found Him Dead, A Blunt Instrument, The Unfinished Clue, and Footsteps in the Dark (all new)
Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof, Thou Shell of Death, and The Case of the Abominable Snowman (all new)
Joy Ellis: The Murderer’s Son, The Fourth Friend, The Guilty Ones, The Stolen Boys, andBeware the Past, and Five Bloody Hearts(all new)
Peter Grainger:An Accidental Death (new)
Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow (new)
Various Authors / Contributors: Agatha Christie Close Up: A Radio Investigation (new)
Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (new)
John Buchan: The 39 Steps (revisited on audio)
Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (new)
Ellis Peters: The Hermit of Eyton Forest, Dead Man’s Ransom, The Leper of Saint Giles, St. Peter’s Fair, The Virgin in the Ice, Monk’s Hood (twice), and The Rose Rent (all revisited on audio)
Patricia Wentworth: The Alington Inheritance, The Gazebo, The Benevent Treasure, Anna, Where are You?, The Key, The Ivory Dagger, Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, The Catherine Wheel, The Fingerprint, and Eternity Ring (all new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body? (twice) and The Five Red Herrings (both revisited on audio)
Martin Fido: The World of Sherlock Holmes (new)
Ian Rankin: In a House of Lies (new)
John le Carré: Our Game and A Murder of Quality (both new)
Martin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher: Furry Logic (new)
The Detection Club:The Floating Admiral (revisited on audio)
Tony Medawar (ed.) & var. Golden Age mystery writers: Bodies from the Libary and Bodies from the Library 2 (both new)
Peter Lovesey: The Last Detective (new)
Colin Dexter: Morse’s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (new)
Miles Burton:The Secret of High Eldersham (new)
Ngaio Marsh: The Nursing Home Murder and Death and the Dancing Footman (both revisited on audio)
Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery (new)
Ronald Knox: The Three Taps and The Body in the Silo (both new)
Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility (revisited on audio)
Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams:Skeletons (new)
Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery (new)
Julian Symons: The Belting Inheritance (new)
Israel Zangwill: The Perfect Crime, aka The Big Bow Mystery (new)
Richard Hull: The Murder of My Aunt (new)
Elizabeth George: Deception on His Mind (revisited on audio)
Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (new)
C.J. Sansom: Tombland (new)
Winifred Holtby: South Riding (new)
Wendy Moore: Wedlock (new)
J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy (new)
Ruth Rendell: A Sleeping Life and The Monster in the Box (both new)
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (revisited on audio)
Candace Robb: The Apothecary Rose and A Gift of Sanctuary (both new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Mystery of Cloomber, Lot No. 249, The Sealed Room, Danger! (all new), The Speckled Band, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and Sherlock Holmes: Three Tales of Intrigue (all revisited on audio)
Cary Elwes: As You Wish (new)
Diarmaid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell (new)
Ben Schott: Jeeves and the King of Clubs (new)
Hesketh Pearson: Conan Doyle: His Life and Art (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle & Various Contributors: The Essential Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (new)
Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (new)
James Hilton:Was It Murder? (new)
Priscilla Royal:Wine of Violence (new)
Peter Ackroyd:Hawksmoor (new)
Michael Gilbert:Smallbone Deceased (new)
Anthony Rolls:Scarweather (new)
Margery Allingham:The White Cottage Mystery (new)
Various Authors:The Lady Detectives, and The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes’ Rival Detectives (both new)
Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (revisited on audio)
Catherine Louisa Pirkis: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective (new)
Ann Cleeves: Raven Black and White Nights (both new)
J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls (new)
Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness (revisited on audio)
Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players (new) and Chocolat (revisited on audio)
J.V. Turner: Below the Clock (new)
Tom Parker Bowles: The Cook Book: Fortnum and Mason (new)
Peter May: The Lewis Man (new)
Edmund Crispin: Glimpses of the Moon (new)
John Dickson Carr:The Hollow Man (revisited on audio) and Death-Watch (new)
Michael Innes:Death at the President’s Lodging (new)
Gladys Mitchell: Murder in the Snow (revisited on audio) and Death Comes at Christmas (new)
E.C.R. Lorac:Murder by Matchlight (new)
Chris Ewan:The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris (new)
Cyril Hare: An English Murder (new)
Lesley Cookman:Murder in Steeple Martin (new)
Mary Kelly:The Christmas Egg (new)
Angela Thirkell:High Rising (new)
Anne Perry: A Christmas Beginning and A Christmas Odyssey (both new)
Emma Thompson & Greg Wise (eds.) & Various Authos: Last  Christmas (new)

Ireland
Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)

Greece
Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)
Madeline Miller: Circe (new)
Plato:Timaeus and Critias (new)

Sweden
Astrid Lindgren:Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45) (new)

France
Emmuska Orczy:The Elusive Pimpernel (new)
Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café (new)

Croatia
Agatha Christie:Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio, twice)
(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing — but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka “The Gateway to Croatia”.)

Spain
Dolores Redondo:El guardián invisible / The Invisible Guardian (new)
Manuel Vicent:Son de mar / Der Gesang der Wellen (new)
Matthew G. Lewis: The Monk (new)

Italy
Andrea Camilleri: The Shape of Water (new)

Germany
John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany and Absolute Friends (both new)

Slovenia
Nina Blazon:Siebengeschichten (new)

Estonia
Sofi Oksanen:Fegefeuer (The Purge) (new)

Russia
Teffi: Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea (new)
(Note: Counting Russia as European here, not Asian, as the author is from — and this particular book is set in — the country’s European part.)

Denmark
Katrine Engberg:Krokodilwächter (The Tenant) (new)

 

The 2019 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2019:
Books by female authors: 152
– new: 107
– rereads: 45

Books by male authors: 85
– new: 75
– rereads: 10

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 10
– new: 9
– rereads: 1

 

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