f you are an author and want to represent your country, please contact me. If you want to do a guest post on your favorite story for the feature please contact me also.
If you are a publisher that has an anthology that is done in the 196 spirit, please contact me as I will be spotlighting appropriate collections.
At first I thought I was setting myself an impossible task but a bit of research has made me optimistic that I can find a short story from all 196 countries in the world. I feel this part of the project will be completed. In a much more challenging perhaps impossible project, I also want to publish on my blog a contemporary short story from an author from each of the 196 countries.
Shalom Aleichem (pen name of Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich, Ukraine 1859 to 1916) is the most famous writer in Yiddish. (Yiddish is started as a language in what is now Germany when elements of Hebrew and Aramaic were added to the German dialects of the time. It evolved into a trans-national language for Eastern European Jews). He is most remembered now for his creation of a character on which the father in Fiddler in the Roof is based. (There is a good article on his life and importance in Wikipedia) He left the Ukraine to escape the pogroms directed against Jews but his huge body of work is devoted to cherishing and keeping alive the cultural traditions of the Jewish communities of the Ukraine and Russian.
You can find this story and others by Shalom Aleicham at Project Gutenberg.
The Ukraine, with a population of 45 million has a long history of being controlled by stronger neighbors. The country has long been under the domination of Russia from which it declared independence in 1990. During WWII there were vicious enthusiastically supported by the Ukrainians extermination programs aimed at Jews and Roma.
I think Project 196 will next stop in West Africa, in the Cameroons.