Best books in translation 2018

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best books in translation 2018

15 Must-Read Translated Books From the Past 5 Years

Fiction in translation. We were promised a less Eurocentric Nobel. We got two laureates from Europe Maya Jaggi. Published: 11 Oct Published: 3 Oct Published: 1 Oct
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Novels in Translation

And the Winners of the 2018 Best Translated Book Awards Are…

Rey Rosa is capable of exploring the aftermath of crime and the philosophical ramifications of the modern age, but in this short novel he opts to tell a different kind of tale, abounding with restlessness and compulsion. The narrator becomes obsessed with the title character, a young woman with a penchant for stealing from the bookstore he owns. His discovery of her motives sets in motion a series of interconnected musings on the nature of storytelling, truth, and fiction itself. Mujila focuses on two old friends, Lucien and Requiem, who find their loyalty tested by their own ambitions and the often nefarious characters around them. Set in a run-down Seoul neighborhood with an uncertain future, it deals with dilemmas of urban-class structure that feel universal, even as the setting feels quite specific.

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There is a world out there, waiting to be explored and I am mighty happy that translators make us see the world, or as readers we would sure be missing out on a lot of great literature. Might I also add that this is a very personal list and I have not included all translated literature I have loved. It would have otherwise extended into pages. The protagonist, Sameera Parvin, moves to an unnamed Middle Eastern city to live with her father and relatives, and all is well till a revolution happens in the city. Life will never be the same for her. Benyamin draws on the religious and socio-political structure so well and without any bias, that it is a treat to read Jasmine Days.


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