A spotlight on translated fiction this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of seven new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world.


Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)

Minor Detail revolves around a brutal crime committed one year after the War of 1948 – which Palestinians mourn as the Nakba, the catastrophe that led to the displacement, exile, and refugeedom of more than 700,000 people, and which Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Many years later, in the near-present day, a young woman in Ramallah reads about this ‘minor detail’ in a larger context, and becomes fascinated by it to the point of obsession.


Like Flies from Afar by K. Ferrari (translated by Adrian Nathan West)

It’s not news to Luis Machi that he has enemies. Not only has he built his success on dirty deals and cooperated with the military junta’s coup years ago, but his love life is a web of infidelities. What’s news is the corpse in the boot of his car… Like Flies from Afar is a wickedly dark and thrilling ride through the corruption and violence of Argentina, embodied by a single degenerate man and one very complicated day.


Winter in Sokcho by Élisa Shua Dusapin (translated by Aneesa Abbas Higgins)

A young French Korean woman works as a receptionist in a tired guesthouse in Sokcho, a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea. One evening, an unexpected guest arrives, a French cartoonist determined to find inspiration in this desolate landscape. As she begins accompanying him on his trips to discover his idea of an authentic Korea, the two of them begin an uneasy relationship filled with suspended misunderstandings and punctuated by spilled ink. French-Korean author Élisa Shua Dusapin won the Prix Robert Walser for this exquisitely crafted that has drawn comparisons with Marguerite Duras.


Spark by Naoki Matayoshi (translated by Alison Watts)

Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself in Osaka, when he is taken under the wing of the more experienced – albeit, no more famous – Kamiya. But as much as Kamiya’s indestructible confidence inspires him, it also makes him doubt the limits of his own talent, and his own dedication to comedy. Winner of the Akutagawa Prize, Spark is a funny and thoughtful exploration of art and friendship.


Temptation by János Székely (translated by Mark Baczoni)

Abandoned by his mother at birth and left in the care of the cruel and dubious ‘Aunt Rozika’, Bela is forced to fight for everything, from food scraps to the right to go to school. At fourteen, he’s caught stealing and his reluctant mother comes to take him to Budapest. Once in the capital Bela manages to secure a position at a grand old hotel, and with this new lifestyle, new pleasures and perils. A picaresque classic with a rich vein of bawdy humour, Temptation creates a stunning panorama of Hungarian society through the travails of its singularly charming hero.


A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi (translated by Chris Andrews)

This moving novel is inspired by the true and extraordinary story of Edmond Charlot, who at the age of twenty founded Les Vraies Richesses – the famous Algerian bookstore/publishing house/lending library. Despite financial difficulties and the vicissitudes of wars and revolutions, Charlot carried forward Les Vraies Richesses as a cultural hub of Algiers. Entwined with Charlot’s story is that of another young man who is dispatched to the old shop in 2017 to empty it of books and repaint it. A Bookshop in Algiers is a hymn to the book and to the love of books.


Seven Years of Darkness by You-jeong Jeong (translated by Chi-Young Kim)

Seven Years of Darkness is a chilling psychological thriller from South Korean. When a young girl is found dead in Seryong Lake, a reservoir in a remote South Korean village, the police immediately begin their investigation. At the same time, three men – Yongje, the girl’s father, and two security guards at the nearby dam – find themselves in an elaborate game of cat and mouse as they race to uncover what happened to her, until a final showdown results in a mass tragedy. One of the guards is convicted of murder and imprisoned. Seven years later, his son, Sowon, receives a package that promises to reveal at last what really happened at Seryong Lake.

A Bookshop in Algiers

A Bookshop in Algiers

Kaouther Adimi, Chris Andrews

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