National Book Awards Longlist for Translated Literature 2020

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shokoofeh Azar

This book is a powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling, Azar draws the reader into...

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Minor Detail

Minor Detail

Adania Shibli, Elisabeth Jaquette

From a young Palestinian writer comes this compelling look at the Israel/Palestine conflict, from both the perspective of an Israeli soldier in 1949 as well as that of a young Palestinian woman.

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 Read reviewKim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the South Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional...

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Tokyo Ueno Station

Tokyo Ueno Station

Yu Miri, Morgan Giles

Akutagawa-award-winning author Yu Miri uses her outsider's perspective as a Zainichi (Korean-Japanese) writer to craft a novel of utmost importance to this moment, a powerful rebuke to the Imperial system and a sensitive, deeply...

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Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes

An urgent and captivating tale of dark magic and small-town corruption from one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers.

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The Family Clause

The Family Clause

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Alice Menzies

An addictive novel about contemporary parenthood and modern family life.

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High as the Waters Rise

High as the Waters Rise

Anja Kampmann, Anne Posten

German poet Anja Kampmann's award-winning debut novel is the dazzling, heart-rending story of an oil rig worker whose closest friend goes missing, plunging him into isolation and forcing him to confront his past.   

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The Bitch

The Bitch

Pilar Quintana, Lisa Dillman

In Colombia's brutal jungle, childless Damaris develops an intense and ultimately doomed relationship with an orphaned puppy.    

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The Helios Disaster

The Helios Disaster

Linda Bostroem Knausgaard, Rachel Willson-Broyles

This powerful portrait of mental illness and modern spin on the myth of Athena portrays the mind of a girl in foster care confined to a small Swedish town.     

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The Story of a Goat

The Story of a Goat

Perumal Murugan, N. Kalyan Raman

From one of India's best-known writers and the author of the National Book Award-longlisted One Part Woman comes a charming and surprising tale of an orphaned goat and the family that decides to take care of her, despite the...

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