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Alex Cross is the only one I can think of.

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden?



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I guess that means there really aren't many?

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Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis


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Lord of the Rings.

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I love Alex Cross books series Well, at least the earlier ones.


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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck.

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Both of them are among the most important books ever written.

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now i'm thinking about bélver yin by jesús ferrero or the jim and lucas books by michael ende
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another example would be tuareg by alberto vázquez-figueroa. there is a good bunch of authors writing about protagonists of different ethnicity.

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Lord of the Rings.
fantasy would be too vague a term when speaking of different ethnicities, i'm afraid.
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Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.
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Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, etc.)

David Mitchell (number9dream).

This is not uncommon at all. Not sure what the point of this thread is. Most writers write about things they know, as they should; those who write from the perspective of another ethnicity/culture tend to have immersed themselves in that culture.

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It's not a "book" but Aeneid would be one of the earliest examples of this.

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As a not particularly successful writer, I'd say sometimes it's harder to accurately get the opposite gender right. Men and women really do have different ways of processing certain types of information (not better or worse, just different) and in my writers' groups the guys catch the gals and the gals catch the guys all the time.

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