New Year, New Plans

I have been thinking of replacing the Saturday Poem posts for quite a while.  Whilst I adore poetry, I have exhausted a couple of the free sources which I’ve been using to schedule the posts, and don’t really have the inclination to seek out new material.

I would therefore like to make each Saturday post going forward a showcase of translated books set in other countries.  I am not going to be solely reading translated literature during 2017, but I hope to be able to slot in more tomes which fit the bill, especially with access to such great, well-stocked libraries.



I will largely be consulting the Around the World in 80 Books group lists on Goodreads for this project, as well as Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust To Go.  I hope to be able to include books from further afield than Europe and the United States.  I am hoping that these Saturday posts will become an extension of my ‘Reading the World’ posts, which were sadly lacking as soon as the borders of Europe and the US had been reached.

What do you think of this idea?  Are there any books which you’d like to recommend to me?  Which are the top five translated fiction books you’ve read?

3 thoughts on “New Year, New Plans

  1. I keep recommending Please Look after Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin to people every chance I get. Granta 127: Japan issue had some of the best writing I’ve read this year, for sure. Kallocain by Karin Boye is a must-read for any classic-dystopian fans, it’s sort of similar to 1984 but I think Boye goes a step further in her creation. I’ve only read it in Swedish though so I can’t speak for translations of it. Master and Margareta is definitely one of my favourites from last year! Oh, and The Faster I walk, the Smaller I am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold really resonated with me. I look forward to your future posts all about translated fiction, it’s one of my goals as well to constantly try to branch my reading out further beyond the English borders.

  2. I too have been making more time for Translated Fiction so will be following with interest like Karen… not so much a favourite five but some of my favourite publishers for great translated fiction are Europa Editions, Pushkin Press, Peirene, Gallic Books and World Editions. Have a look at the #TranslatedThurs & #WITmonth threads for many many more suggestions

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