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50+ Historical Fiction Books That Will Take You Around the World

These reads are transporting.

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Historical Fiction Set in Africa

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Half of a Yellow Sun

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Lion Seeker

By Kenneth Bonert

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Segu

By Maryse Condé

4.

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Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi

5.

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The Cairo Trilogy

By Naguib Mahfouz

6.

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Ways of Dying

By Zakes Mda

Historical Fiction Set in Asia

8.

The Good Earth

The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck

9.

Miss Burma

Miss Burma

By Charmaine Craig

10.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

By Cecelia Holland

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And the Mountains Echoed

By Khaled Hosseini

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Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee

13.

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Pearl of China

By Anchee Min

14.

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

By David Mitchell

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The Fool

By Raffi

16.

Café Nevo

Café Nevo

By Barbara Rogan

17.

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Ali and Nino

By Kurban Said

18.

Ruler of the Sky

Ruler of the Sky

By Pamela Sargent

19.

Buddha's Orphans

Buddha's Orphans

By Samrat Upadhyay

20.

The Nine Fold Heaven

The Nine Fold Heaven

By Mingmei Yip

Historical Fiction Set in Australia

21.

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The Sundowners

By Jon Cleary

22.

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Brother Fish

By Bryce Courtenay

23.

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Outback

By Aaron Fletcher

24.

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Jewel Sea

By Kim Kelly

Historical Fiction Set in Europe

25.

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

By Tariq Ali

26.

Rebel Princess

Rebel Princess

By Evelyn Anthony

27.

A Pillar of Iron

A Pillar of Iron

By Taylor Caldwell

28.

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The Queen of the Night

By Alexander Chee

29.

Margaret the First

Margaret the First

By Danielle Dutton

30.

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

By Elena Ferrante

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The Angel Makers

By Jessica Gregson

32.

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The Fall of the King

By Johannes V. Jensen

33.

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The Succesor

By Ismail Kadare

34.

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Buddenbrooks

By Thomas Mann

35.

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Famine

By Liam O'Flaherty

36.

Jazz Moon

Jazz Moon

By Joe Okonkwo

37.

Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

By William Styron

Historical Fiction Set in North America

38.

A Rendezvous in Haiti

A Rendezvous in Haiti

By Stephen Becker

39.

Creek Mary's Blood

Creek Mary's Blood

By Dee Brown

40.

Confederates

Confederates

By Thomas Keneally

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Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders

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As Tears Go By: Inspired by True Events

By Rosie Christie

43.

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Monkey Hunting

By Cristina García

44.

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Rilla of Ingleside

By L.M. Montgomery

45.

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The Trade

By Fred Stenson

46.

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The Feast of the Goat

By Mario Vargas Llosa

47.

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The City of Palaces

By Michael Nava

Historical Fiction Set in South America

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The House of the Spirits

By Isabel Allende

49.

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The Discovery of America by the Turks

By Jorge Amado

50.

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Distant Star

By Roberto Bolaño

51.

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Spilt Milk

By Chico Buarque

52.

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The Villagers (Huasipungo)

By Jorge Icaza

53.

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The General in His Labyrinth

By Gabriel García Márquez

54.

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The Seamstress

By Frances de Pontes Peebles