A spotlight on translated fiction this month

It’s another exciting month of releases in translated fiction. Below are five highlights from our collection of recently translated novels, including the long awaited conclusion to the best selling Mirror Visitor series!


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Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun (translated by Janet Hong)

In the summer of 2002, nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on was murdered in what became known as the High School Beauty Murder. There were two suspects: Shin Jeongjun, who had a rock-solid alibi, and Han Manu, to whom no evidence could be pinned. The case went cold.

Seventeen years pass without justice, and the grief and uncertainty take a cruel toll on her younger sister, Da-on, in particular. Unable to move on with her life, Da-on tries in her own twisted way to recover some of what she’s lost, ultimately setting out to find the truth of what happened.


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The Book of Mother by Violaine Huisman (translated by Leslie Camhi)

Beautiful and charismatic, Catherine, aka ‘Maman’, smokes too much, drives too fast, laughs too hard and loves too extravagantly. During a joyful and chaotic childhood in Paris, her daughter Violaine wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when Maman is hospitalised after a third divorce and breakdown, everything changes. Even as Violaine and her sister long for their mother’s return, once she’s back Maman’s violent mood swings and flagrant disregard for personal boundaries soon turn their home into an emotional landmine. As the story of Catherine’s own traumatic childhood and coming of age unfolds, the pieces come together to form an indelible portrait of a mother as irresistible as she is impossible, as triumphant as she is transgressive.


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The Morning Star by Karl Ove Knausgaard (translated by Martin Aitken)

One long night in August, Arne and Tove are staying with their children in their summer house in southern Norway. Their friend Egil has his own place nearby. Kathrine, a priest, is flying home from a Bible seminar, questioning her marriage. Journalist Jostein is out drinking for the night, while his wife, Turid, a nurse at a psychiatric care unit, is on a nightshift when one of her patients escapes. Above them all, a huge star suddenly appears blazing in the sky. It brings with it a mysterious sense of foreboding.

Strange things start to happen as nine lives come together under the star. The Morning Star is about life in all its mundanity and drama, the strangeness that permeates our world, and the darkness in us all.


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Silver Tears by Camilla Lackberg (translated by Ian Giles)

Faye Adelheim has had to fight hard her whole life. But now, she is rich, her business has become a global brand, and she is hidden safely away in Italy with her daughter, where her violent ex-husband, Jack, can no longer harm them. But Faye’s world is turned upside down when she discovers Jack is no longer behind bars, and she is forced to return to Sweden.

Just as Faye is in the fight of her life to keep her family safe, the dark truth about her childhood, which she has kept buried for years, is dramatically uncovered. And Faye is about to discover that even the best kept secrets have the power to destroy everything.


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The Storm of Echoes (The Mirror Visitor, Book Four) by Christelle Dabos

In this gripping finale to Christelle Dabos’s bestselling Mirror Visitor quartet, Ophelia and Thorn finally uncover the truth that might help them solve the chaos in their universe of the arks.

After their initial distrust of each other, Ophelia and Thorn are now passionately in love. But they must continue to keep their love hidden. And listen out for the mysterious echoes… Only then can they attempt to decipher a cryptic code and discover the truth behind the sinister figure of the Other, whose devastating power continues to bring down entire arks, plunging thousands of innocents into the void. At the observatory of the Deviations, overseen by a sect of mystical scientists who conduct terrifying secret experiments, Ophelia and Thorn hope to halt the ongoing destruction and bring the world back into balance.

Lemon

Lemon

Kwon Yeo-sun, Janet Hong

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