Read Around the World

It's been said that of all the books published in English each year, only 3% are translations. This means that by reading translated works, you're sort of entering an exclusive club. That's cool, right? Regardless of your motives, we hope you find something to delight, inform, provoke, or otherwise entertain you from our revolving recommendations here.

 

 

Read your way across the globe with these fine selections of translated literature.

 

 
 
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Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

"Signs Preceding the End of the World" is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it.


The Complete Works of Primo Levi Cover Image
By Primo Levi, Ann Goldstein (Editor), Toni Morrison (Introduction by)
$100.00
ISBN: 9780871404565
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 28th, 2015

Primo Levi, the Italian-born chemist once described by Philip Roth as that quicksilver little woodland creature enlivened by the forest's most astute intelligence, has largely been considered a heroic figure in the annals of twentieth-century literature for If This Is a Man, his haunting account of Auschwitz. Yet Levi's body of work extends considerably beyond his experience as a survivor.


Sphinx Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920091
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

Nominated for the 2016 PEN Translation Prize
One of "Flavorwire"'s Top 50 Independent Books of 2015
One of "Entropy Magazine"'s Best Fiction Books of 2015


Target in the Night Cover Image
By Ricardo Piglia, Sergio Waisman (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920169
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - November 10th, 2015

"Ricardo Piglia may be the best Latin American writer to have appeared since the heyday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez." "Kirkus Reviews"

"Piglia opens a window into a fascinating world, leaving the reader hungry for more." "Publishers Weekly"

One of the BBC's Ten Books to Read (December 2015)


Seiobo There Below Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811219679
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 24th, 2013

Seiobo a Japanese goddess has a peach tree in her garden that blossoms once every three thousand years: its fruit brings immortality. In Seiobo There Below, we see her returning again and again to mortal realms, searching for a glimpse of perfection. Beauty, in Krasznahorkai's new novel, reflects, however fleetingly, the sacred even if we are mostly unable to bear it.


The Zafarani Files: An Egyptian Novel Cover Image
By Gamal al-Ghitani, Farouk Abdel Wahab (Translator), Farouk Abdel Wahab (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9789774166945
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Published: American University in Cairo Press - June 2015

An unknown observer is watching the residents of a small, closely-knit neighborhood in Cairo's old city, making notes. The college graduate, the street vendors, the political prisoner, the cafe owner, the taxi driver, the beautiful green-eyed young wife with the troll of a husband all are subjects of surveillance.


The Occupation Trilogy: La Place de L'Etoile, the Night Watch, Ring Roads Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632863720
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 22nd, 2015

Born at the close of World War II, 2014 Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano was a young man in his twenties when he burst onto the Parisian literary scene with these three brilliant, angry novels about the wartime Occupation of Paris.


Diorama Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9781939419118
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Published: Phoneme Media - June 15th, 2014

Diorama is both a book of poems and a performance action by the poet Rocio Ceron, who guides the reader on a hallucinatory, spiraling journey through image, language, Mexican history, and soundscapes.


The Guest Cat Cover Image
By Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221504
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 28th, 2014

A bestseller in France and winner of Japan's Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living.


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Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223638
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2015

Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years....


War, So Much War Cover Image
By Merce Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator), Maruxa Relano (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953229
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Published: Open Letter Books - November 10th, 2015

Featured on Jeff VanderMeer's "Epic List of Favorite Books Read in 2015"

"Rodoreda had bedazzled me by the sensuality with which she reveals things within the atmosphere of her novels."Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Rodoreda plumbs a sadness that reaches beyond historic circumstances . . . an almost voluptuous vulnerability."Natasha Wimmer, "The Nation"


Tropisms Cover Image
By Nathalie Sarraute, Maria Jolas (Translator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811222761
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 9th, 2015

Nathalie Sarraute's Tropisms is considered one of the defining texts of the nouveau roman movement.


The Last Lover Cover Image
$24.70
ISBN: 9780300153323
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Published: Yale University Press - July 29th, 2014

Winner of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award for fiction, presented by Three Percent, a resource for international literature


Caterva Cover Image
By Juan Filloy, Brendan Riley (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781628970364
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - October 16th, 2015

"Caterva" (meaning "throng" or "horde") tells the story of seven erudite, homeless, and semi-incompetent radicals traveling from city to city in an attempt to foment a revolution: conspiring with striking workers, setting off bombs, and evading the local authorities. But this is no political thriller.


The Days of Abandonment: 10th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609452766
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Published: Europa Editions - May 19th, 2015

From the author of "My Brilliant Friend"
"She is among the greatest Italian authors of recent years."-"Corriere della Sera"
"Ferrante dissects the personal microcosm so well, and with awesome lucidity and precision shows us the meanderings of a woman's mind, the suffering that accompanies being abandoned, and the awful rumbling of time passing."-"El Mundo"


The Meursault Investigation Cover Image
By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590517512
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 Michiko Kakutani, The Top Books of 2015, "New York Times"" TIME Magazine"Top Ten Books of 2015 "Publishers Weekly"Best Books of the Year Financial TimesBest Books of the Year
A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus s"The Stranger," from the point of view of the mute Arab victims. " The New Yorker"


Murder Most Serene Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781939663146
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Published: Wakefield Press - November 24th, 2015

The Things We Don't Do Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953182
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Published: Open Letter Books - August 25th, 2015

"Good readers will find something that can be found only in great literature, the kind written by real poets, a literature that dares to venture into the dark with open eyes and that keeps its eyes open no matter what . . . . The literature of the twenty-first century will belong to Neuman and a few of his blood brothers." Roberto Bolano


The Complete Cosmicomics Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translator), Tim Parks (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544577879
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Published: Mariner Books - September 8th, 2015

We were peering into this darkness, criss-crossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I ve ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing. from"The Complete Cosmicomics" Italo Calvino's beloved cosmicomics cross planets and traverse galaxies, speed up time or slow it down to the particles of an instant.


The Pope's Daughter Cover Image
By Dario Fo, Anthony Shugaar (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609452742
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Published: Europa Editions - August 4th, 2015

Lucrezia Borgia is one of the most vilified figures in modern history. The daughter of a notorious pope, she was twice betrothed before the age of eleven and thrice married one husband was forced to declare himself impotent and thereby unfit and another was murdered by Lucrezia's own brother, Cesar Borgia.


My Documents Cover Image
By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781940450520
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Published: McSweeney's Books - April 14th, 2015

Named a best book of 2015 by NPR, "The Boston Globe," and "Electric Literature."


Tram 83 Cover Image
By Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Translator), Alain Mabanckou (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920046
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 8th, 2015

"An exuberantly dark first novel." "NPR's Fresh Air w/ Terry Gross"

**Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize 2016**

**Shortlisted for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Debut African Fiction**


Looking at Pictures Cover Image
By Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translator), Lydia Davis (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811224246
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 9th, 2015

The Last Days of Mankind: The Complete Text Cover Image
By Karl Kraus, Fred Bridgham (Translator), Edward Timms (Translator)
$46.00
ISBN: 9780300207675
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Published: Yale University Press - November 24th, 2015

Kraus's iconic WWI drama, a satirical indictment of the glory of war, now in English in its entirety for the first time