Recommend: Books in translation

Help! I realized recently that I haven’t read a single book in translation so far in 2010. This is a problem.

I generally enjoy translated books, but somehow I’ve missed them so far this year. What’s worse, when this first occurred to me, I couldn’t even think of ones I wanted to read. Since then, I’ve picked up (am reading it now) The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón translated by Lucia Graves, and I’ve moved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson translated by Reg Keeland closer to the top of my TBR pile. (I just watched the movie.) However, this is not enough to satisfy me.

Help me remedy this gaping hole in my reading, please! What translated books should I read? Which have you loved, recently or not?


3 responses to “Recommend: Books in translation

  1. The Land of Green Plums by Herta Mueller. I’ve read it in the Italian translation, not the English, but I’ve also read that the English translation of the book won a prestigious prize, so I guess it’s good. While this is not a light book (I’d call it emotionally draining), the writing is very beautiful and lyrical, and I’d easily recommend it.

  2. I don’t think I’ve read any translated books either, but the two you highlighted look good.

  3. The Museum of Innocene by Orhan Pamuk
    This story grows on you and envelops you and by the end, you will discover that it has captured you.

    From NYTimes:
    Maureen Freely’s translation captures the novelist’s playful performance as well as his serious collusion with Kemal. Her melding of tones follows Pamuk’s agility, to redirect our vision to the gravity of his tale: “This is not simply a story of lovers, but of the entire realm, that is, of Istanbul.”

    You will also never think of small museums the same way again.

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