Category Archives: Books in Translation

Serotonine by Michel Houellebecq-Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

I was interested to read that Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel Sérotonine, in translation by Shaun Whiteside, has been longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. This prize is awarded every year for a single book that’s been translated into English … Continue reading

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Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead- Olga Tokarczuk translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

An old woman living remotely in a Polish forest is woken at night by her neighbour, Oddball. He’s seen the light on in Big Foot’s kitchen, heard his dog barking, and thinks something’s happened to Big Foot. The two set … Continue reading

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Berta Isla by Javier Marias translated by Margaret Jull Costa

For a while, she wasn’t sure her husband was her husband, much as, when you’re dozing, you’re not sure whether you’re thinking or dreaming, whether you’re actually in charge of your own thoughts or have completely lost track of them … Continue reading

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The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili, translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin

A young woman in an old, high-ceilinged flat in Berlin hears a declaration of love from her  musician boyfriend. A twelve year old girl walks out of a hotel in Amsterdam and catches a train to Vienna in search of … Continue reading

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My 10 Peak Reads of 2019

How hard to sift through the brilliant books I’ve read this year to find my top favourites- but here they are, some well known prize winners, some more personal choices, all of them books which have resonated with me this … Continue reading

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Riveting Germans: Writers and translators reflect 30 years after the fall of the Wall.

I was thrilled to hear about this event, Riveting Germans: After the Wall, hosted by Rosie Goldsmith of the European Literature Network and featuring, among others, one of my favourite German writers, Julia Franck. ( Her novel The Blind Side … Continue reading

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The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price, translated from the Welsh by Lloyd Jones.

This deceptively slender novel is a rich and moving account of growing up in a remote valley in rural mid-Wales in the last century. It’s a story of a farming family, of continuity and change, and of lives lived close … Continue reading

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