Translated fiction we loved in 2018

 Read reviewConvenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

The Japanese literary sensation about an unconventional woman who finds happiness in a Tokyo convenience store.

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 Read reviewCrimson

Crimson

Niviaq Korneliussen, Anna Halager

This is the story of a group of friends, on the cusp of adulthood, exploring life, seeking authenticity and establishing their own queer identities. It's a beautiful novella, intriguing not only because of its unique setting in...

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Notes Of A Crocodile

Notes Of A Crocodile

Bonnie Huie, Eileen Myles, Qiu Miaojin

Set in the post-martial-law era of 1990s Taipei, this book depicts the coming-of-age of a group of queer misfits discovering love, friendship, and artistic affinity while hardly studying at Taiwan's most prestigious university.

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 Read reviewThrough the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Through the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Ed Moreno, Caio Fernando Abreu

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 Read reviewBerta Isla

Berta Isla

Javier Marias

A marriage built on lies, a man with many faces, an unpaid debt to the secret service - rich drama from the author of The Infatuations.

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 Read reviewChina Dream

China Dream

Ma Jian, Flora Drew

A biting satire of Chinese totalitarianism from the critically acclaimed author of Beijing Coma and Red Dust.     

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Complete Stories

Complete Stories

Clarice Lispector

Features stories ranging from teenagers coming into awareness of their sexual and artistic powers to humdrum housewives whose lives are shattered by unexpected epiphanies to old people who don't know what to do with themselves.

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 Read reviewApple and Knife

Apple and Knife

Intan Paramaditha, Stephen J Epstein

Inspired by horror fiction, myths and fairy tales, Apple and Knife is an unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today's world.

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones

A subversive, entertaining noir novel from the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

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Inadvertent

Inadvertent

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ingvild Burkey

The second book in the Why I Write series provides generous insight into the creative process of the award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard

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 Read reviewThe Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel

It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side.

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 Read reviewKilling Commendatore

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel, Ted Goossen

The ambitious major new novel from this internationally celebrated writer, on the scale of his bestselling 1Q84.

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The Emissary

The Emissary

Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani

Yoko Tawada's new novel is a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality and fully displays what Rivka Galchen has called her brilliant, shimmering, magnificent strangeness

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Beyond The Rice Fields

Beyond The Rice Fields

Naivo, Allison M. Charette

The first novel from Madagascar ever to be translated into English, Naivo's magisterial Beyond the Rice Fields delves into the upheavals of the nation's precolonial past through the twin narratives of a slave and his master's...

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