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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.

 

We've a selection of highly recommended titles, each with a staff pick telling you why we loved it, and why you will too. Take a look below at a few examples, and, if you're in the area, check out our flagship Charing Cross Road shop for many more.

Die My Love by Ariana HarwiczOne of the perks of being a bookseller is that I encounter great books and fascinating new voices on a semi-regular basis. Few, however, have wowed me quite like this. It’s impossible to read Die, My Love and exit the experience unscathed. Harwicz’s prose is so intense, so lyrical, so brutal. The first chapter was all it took to convince me that this was something special. If you have read and loved Eimear McBride or Clarice Lispector, Harwicz is definitely a writer to check out.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

 

Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko TawadaThis is a work of strange and haunting brilliance: a meditation on the human and the animal (and the human animal), a searing critique (and sometimes celebration) of humanity (human nature, human kind), and a richly written novel (memoir) of jawdropping beauty and inventiveness. Read it and you may find, as I did, a small bear curled forevermore in the warmest corner of your heart.

Marion, Charing Cross Road

My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteWhat started out so breathtakingly in My Brilliant Friend continues throughout in this quartet of books that form the best thing I have read this year. Lauded by seemingly every critic, I finally gave in to the hype. I read 120 pages in my first sitting and couldn’t stop until it was all over.

Ben Morgan, Charing Cross Road

 

 

 

 

The Guest Cat by Takashi HiraideThis gem of a novel perfectly captures the rhythm of everyday life – the daily joys and sorrows – in its perfectly formed, lyrical prose. The Guest Cat is one of those quiet, reflective kinds of book, and in this case, small really is beautiful!

Lauren, Charing Cross Road

Recommended Fiction in Translation

Insane
(Paperback)
Rainald Goetz; Adrian Nathan West
 
INSANE draws upon Rainald Goetz's clinical psychiatric experience to paint a portrait of the asylum as a 'total institution'. A cult author in Germany, this is Goetz's first novel, and...
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For Two Thousand Years
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Mihail Sebastian; Philip O Ceallaigh
A young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn't belong. This is the chronicle of resilience and despair, broken layers of...
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The House with the Stained-Glass Window
(Paperback)
Zanna Sloniowska; Antonia Lloyd Jones
 
The acclaimed story of a young girl's awakening - set in the the evocative, beautiful Ukrainian/Polish city of Lviv
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The Guest Cat
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Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
An international bestseller. A charming and wonderful novel about a cat that brings joy into a couple's life.
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Kingdom Cons
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Yuri Herrera; Lisa Dillman
 
Beats, daggers, girls, and graft: can the Artist sing truth to power where a Mexican drug baron holds court?
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Memoirs of a Polar Bear
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Yoko Tawada; Susan Bernofsky
 
Three bears. The first, a diligent memoirist whose unlikely success forces her to flee Soviet Russia. The second, her daughter, a skilled dancer in an East...
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Kitchen
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Banana Yoshimoto
 
It is a startlingly original first work by Japan's brightest young literary star and is now a cult film. When Kitchen was first published in Japan in 1987 it won two...
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Swallowing Mercury
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Wioletta Greg; Eliza Marciniak; Eliza...
 
Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community. Wiola has a black cat called Blackie. Wiola's father was a deserter but now he is a taxidermist. Wiola's mother...
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Die, My Love
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Ariana Harwicz; Sarah Moses; Carolina...
 
In a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battling her demons embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but at...
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Eve Out of Her Ruins
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Ananda Devi; Cecile Menon; Angeline...
 
"Eve out of Her Ruins" is a heartbreaking look at the dark corners of the island nation of Mauritius that tourists never see, and a poignant exploration of lives at...
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The End of Days
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Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
 
A story of the twentieth century told through the various lives of one woman: an intoxicating masterpiece of a novel that kneads Time and History like dough
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My Brilliant Friend
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Elena Ferrante
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The Nakano Thrift Shop
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
 
Among the jumble of paperweights, plates, typewriters and general bric-a-brac in Mr Nakano's thrift store, there are treasures to be found. Each piece carries its own...
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Strange Weather in Tokyo
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Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
An award-winning novel from one of Japan's most exciting literary voices: a short, simple and touching story of an unlikely love that blossoms across generations, and between seasons
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The Vegetarian: A Novel
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Han Kang; Deborah Smith
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable...
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Seiobo There Below
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Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Ottilie Mulzet
 
Winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize Beauty, in Laszlo Krasznahorkai's new novel, reflects, however fleeting, the sacred - even if we are mostly ...
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The End of Eddy
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Edouard Louis; Michael Lucey
 
`A brilliant novel... courageous, necessary and deeply touching' GuardianEdouard Louis grew up in a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line.
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Fever Dream: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN...
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Samanta Schweblin; Megan McDowell
 
A deeply unsettling and disorientating debut novel about obsession, identity and motherhood
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Flights
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Olga Tokarczuk; Jennifer Croft
 
FLIGHTS, which was awarded Poland's biggest literary prize in 2008, is a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy. Olga Tokarczuk perfectly intertwines travel narratives and reflections...
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Death in Spring
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Merce Rodoreda; Martha Tennent
 
'Soaringly beautiful, urgent and disturbing... A masterpiece.' Colm Toibin, from the introduction Death in Spring is a dark and dream-like tale of a teenage boy's...
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The Ice Palace
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Tarjei Vesaas; Elizabeth Rokkan
 
'How simple this novel is. How subtle. How strong. How unlike any other. It is unique. It is unforgettable. It is extraordinary' Doris Lessing 'I'm surprised it...
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Estoril
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Dejan Tiago-Stankovic; Christina...
 
A poignant novel about exile, divided loyalties, fear and survival, set in a luxurious grand hotel just outside Lisbon, at the height of the Second World War.
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Abandon
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Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
 
Pulsing with raw energy, Abandon gives voice to the perpetual conflict between the demands of life, particularly of motherhood, and those of art.
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Banthology: Seven Stories from Seven...
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Rania Mamoun; Wajdi Al-Anoud; Najwa...
 
Covering a range of approaches - from satire, to allegory, to literary realism - it explores the emotional and personal impact of all restrictions on movement, and offers a platform...
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Black Moses: Longlisted for the...
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Alain Mabanckou; Helen Stevenson
 
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017 It's 1970, and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age. But...
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The Three-Body Problem
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Cixin Liu; Ken Liu
 
After a spate of apparent suicides among elite scientists, nanotech engineer Wang Miao is asked to infiltrate a secretive cabal. During his investigation, Wang is inducted into a mysterious online...
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Check out the selection at our Charing Cross Road flagship for even more hand-picked translated fiction

 

 

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