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Fiction in Translation

Fiction in Translation

Here at Foyles we're big fans of translated literature—and there's never been a better time to discover the world of international writing. Critical and commercial attention has never been higher, with a focus not just on the author and book, but the art of the translator too. And in an increasingly connected world, we all benefit from reading other lives, other worlds—well, suffice to say it's a big part of our modus operandi, our raison d’être.

 

Japanese Fiction

With the publication of The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories and Convenience Store Woman, we're taking the opportunity to highlight some Japanese fiction this month. See what our Booksellers are recommending, below.

 

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka MurataConvenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

Keiko can be strange. A litany of incidents as a small child sets her apart from most of her friends and fills her with anxiousness. When she grows up, she stumbles into a job working in a convenience store... and she has been there ever since. Finding comfort in the mundane, the perpetuity of the day to day and always being the model employee bring much joy to her heart. But is this enough? Friends and family worry and feel shamed by her, some suggesting marriage maybe the answer, and escape. Question is, does Keiko want to escape and could she survive if she did?

This is quirky, sweet but slightly unsettling story about doing something that you love, and the traps one falls into when the the easy path is all too tempting.

Matt, Web Team

 

Last Children of Tokyon by Yoko TawadaThe Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani

"For an old man like Yoshiro, time after death no longer existed. The aged could not die; along with the gift of everlasting life, they were burdened with the terrible task of watching their great grandchildren die."

In a future where the "fixed" facts of life we take for granted now have all changed, countries have isolated themselves and nature has become contaminated, Yoshiro is just trying to live a quiet life with his great grandson, Mumei, hoping he survives another season.

Tawada's writing is enchanting, conjuring vivid images of this new Japan, and making the heart ache somewhat for the state the world has found itself in. But there is a quiet hope here, that even in a newly hostile world there still exists a fragile humanity. Compelling, and guaranteed to resonate past the last page.

Lauren, Charing Cross Road

Kitchen by Banana YoshimotoKitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

 

Kitchen tells two stories of how two women grieve after great losses and the role other people play in their survival.

 

Yoshimoto's masterful writing depicts family, love and trans-sexuality through the devastating and transformative lens of grief in such a natural way that though heart-breaking it fills you with hope. Magnificent.

Sofia, Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

Territory of LightTerritory of Light by Yuko Tsushima

 

Territory of Light is a simple but beautifully told story of a young woman and her two year old daughter, who are starting a new life together in their new and luminous apartment.

 

Over the course of a year, the daily struggles of work, old relationships and child rearing are explored with a tenderness and lightness of touch that is graceful and poetic.

Matt, Web Team

Japanese Fiction

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The Penguin Book of Japanese Short...
(Hardback)
Jay Rubin; Haruki Murakami
£25.00
Men Without Women: Stories
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel; Ted...
£8.99
Record of a Night Too Brief
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Lucy North
£7.99
A Cat, A Man, And Two Women
(Paperback)
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
£9.99
The Housekeeper and the Professor
(Paperback)
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
£8.99
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
(Paperback)
Hiro Arikawa; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Convenience Store Woman
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
£12.99
Kitchen
(Paperback)
Banana Yoshimoto
£7.99
The Last Children of Tokyo
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Margaret Mitsutani
£9.99
Territory of Light
(Paperback)
Yuko Tsushima
£9.99
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short...
(Hardback)
Jay Rubin; Haruki Murakami
£25.00
Men Without Women: Stories
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel; Ted...
£8.99
Record of a Night Too Brief
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Lucy North
£7.99
A Cat, A Man, And Two Women
(Paperback)
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
£9.99
The Housekeeper and the Professor
(Paperback)
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
£8.99
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
(Paperback)
Hiro Arikawa; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Convenience Store Woman
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
£12.99
Kitchen
(Paperback)
Banana Yoshimoto
£7.99
The Last Children of Tokyo
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Margaret Mitsutani
£9.99
Territory of Light
(Paperback)
Yuko Tsushima
£9.99

Recommended Fiction in Translation

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The Iliac Crest
(Paperback)
Cristina Rivera-Garza; Sarah Booker
£8.99
The Beautiful Summer
(Paperback)
Cesare Pavese
£7.99
Insane
(Paperback)
Rainald Goetz; Adrian Nathan West
£12.99
For Two Thousand Years
(Paperback)
Mihail Sebastian
£9.99
The House with the Stained-Glass Window
(Paperback)
Zanna Sloniowska; Antonia Lloyd Jones
£12.99
The Guest Cat
(Paperback)
Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
£7.99
Kingdom Cons
(Paperback)
Yuri Herrera; Lisa Dillman
£8.99
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
Swallowing Mercury
(Paperback)
Wioletta Greg; Eliza Marciniak; Eliza...
£8.99
Die, My Love
(Paperback)
Ariana Harwicz; Sarah Moses; Carolina...
£9.99
Eve Out of Her Ruins
(Paperback)
Ananda Devi; Cecile Menon; Angeline...
£10.99
The End of Days
(Paperback)
Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
My Brilliant Friend
(Paperback)
Elena Ferrante
£12.99
The Nakano Thrift Shop
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
Strange Weather in Tokyo
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
The Vegetarian: A Novel
(Paperback)
Han Kang; Deborah Smith
£8.99
Seiobo There Below
(Paperback)
Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Ottilie Mulzet
£8.99
The End of Eddy
(Paperback)
Edouard Louis; Michael Lucey
£8.99
Fever Dream: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN...
(Paperback)
Samanta Schweblin; Megan McDowell
£7.99
Flights
(Paperback)
Olga Tokarczuk; Jennifer Croft
£12.99
Death in Spring
(Paperback)
Merce Rodoreda
£8.99
The Ice Palace
(Paperback)
Tarjei Vesaas; Elizabeth Rokkan
£7.99
Estoril
(Hardback)
Dejan Tiago-Stankovic; Christina...
£12.99
Abandon
(Paperback)
Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
£8.99
Banthology: Seven Stories from Seven...
(Paperback)
Rania Mamoun; Wajdi Al-Anoud; Najwa...
£9.99
Black Moses: Longlisted for the...
(Paperback)
Alain Mabanckou; Helen Stevenson
£8.99
The Three-Body Problem
(Paperback)
Cixin Liu; Ken Liu
£8.99
The Iliac Crest
(Paperback)
Cristina Rivera-Garza; Sarah Booker
£8.99
The Beautiful Summer
(Paperback)
Cesare Pavese
£7.99
Insane
(Paperback)
Rainald Goetz; Adrian Nathan West
£12.99
For Two Thousand Years
(Paperback)
Mihail Sebastian
£9.99
The House with the Stained-Glass Window
(Paperback)
Zanna Sloniowska; Antonia Lloyd Jones
£12.99
The Guest Cat
(Paperback)
Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
£7.99
Kingdom Cons
(Paperback)
Yuri Herrera; Lisa Dillman
£8.99
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
Swallowing Mercury
(Paperback)
Wioletta Greg; Eliza Marciniak; Eliza...
£8.99
Die, My Love
(Paperback)
Ariana Harwicz; Sarah Moses; Carolina...
£9.99
Eve Out of Her Ruins
(Paperback)
Ananda Devi; Cecile Menon; Angeline...
£10.99
The End of Days
(Paperback)
Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
My Brilliant Friend
(Paperback)
Elena Ferrante
£12.99
The Nakano Thrift Shop
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
Strange Weather in Tokyo
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
The Vegetarian: A Novel
(Paperback)
Han Kang; Deborah Smith
£8.99
Seiobo There Below
(Paperback)
Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Ottilie Mulzet
£8.99
The End of Eddy
(Paperback)
Edouard Louis; Michael Lucey
£8.99
Fever Dream: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN...
(Paperback)
Samanta Schweblin; Megan McDowell
£7.99
Flights
(Paperback)
Olga Tokarczuk; Jennifer Croft
£12.99
Death in Spring
(Paperback)
Merce Rodoreda
£8.99
The Ice Palace
(Paperback)
Tarjei Vesaas; Elizabeth Rokkan
£7.99
Estoril
(Hardback)
Dejan Tiago-Stankovic; Christina...
£12.99
Abandon
(Paperback)
Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
£8.99
Banthology: Seven Stories from Seven...
(Paperback)
Rania Mamoun; Wajdi Al-Anoud; Najwa...
£9.99
Black Moses: Longlisted for the...
(Paperback)
Alain Mabanckou; Helen Stevenson
£8.99
The Three-Body Problem
(Paperback)
Cixin Liu; Ken Liu
£8.99

Check out the selection at our Charing Cross Road flagship for even more hand-picked translated fiction

 

 

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