Translated books we loved in 2017

Hour of the Star

Hour of the Star

Clarice Lispector

Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola and her philandering rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and...

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The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

Emma Reyes, Daniel Alarcon

The extraordinary, posthumously published memoir in letters of a Colombian artist whose writing was championed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Cantonese Love Stories: Twenty-five Vignettes of a City: Penguin Specials

Cantonese Love Stories: Twenty-five Vignettes of a City: Penguin Specials

Kai-cheung Dung

A collection of twenty-five narrative sketches, Cantonese Love Stories offers an intimate look into the cultural, commercial and romantic milieu of Hong Kong in the 1990s. Two lovers ruminate on the power of their photo booth...

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The Murderer's Ape

The Murderer’s Ape

Jakob Wegelius, Peter Graves

When her best friend, the sailor Henry Koskela, is falsely accused of murder, a gorilla named Sally Jones visits the run-down docks of Lisbon, embarks on a dizzying journey across the seven seas, and calls on the Maharaja of...

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Black Moses

Black Moses

Alain Mabanckou, Helen Stevenson

It's 1970, and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age. But over at the orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire where young Moses has grown up, the revolution has only...

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel

The Japanese sensational bestseller: the tender, feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami.

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Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

Reader, your life is full of choices. Some will bring you joy and others will bring you heartache.  

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A Winter Book: Selected Stories

A Winter Book: Selected Stories

Tove Jansson

A collection of some of Tove Jansson's best loved and most famous stories. Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning most of the 20th century, this translated selection provides a showcase of the great Finnish writer's prose,...

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The Stolen Bicycle

The Stolen Bicycle

Wu Ming-Yi, Darryl Sterk

From the critically acclaimed Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi comes an intimate and magical collage of stories about family, war, history, friendship and bicycles.

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Anna

Niccolo Ammaniti, Jonathan Hunt

The extraordinary new dystopian novel from the author of the international bestseller I'm Not Scared

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A Horse Walks into a Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar

David Grossman, Jessica Cohen

Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry - and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is...

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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra

In Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors brings her distinctive blend of style, humor, and insight to a poignant journey of one woman in search of herself when there's no one to ask for directions.

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Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story

Delphine de Vigan, George Miller

Today I know that L. is the sole reason for my powerlessness. And that the two years that we were friends almost made me stop writing for ever.Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable...

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The Trap

The Trap

Melanie Raabe, Imogen Taylor

I know you killed my sister. I wrote this book for you.  

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Madonna in a Fur Coat

Madonna in a Fur Coat

Sabahattin Ali, Maureen Freely, Alexander Dawe

The bestselling Turkish classic of love and longing in a changing world. Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings and the unfathomable nature of the human soul.

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