This August will be as busy, if not busier,  than last August, although I hope to write a couple of new reviews especially for Women In Translation month hosted by Meytal at biblibio.

However, before starting on the new, here’s a quick recap of the books that have crossed my path since last August.  The lean towards works translated from German will surprise no-one who reads this blog for more than 5 minutes  ….

The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons – Monica Cantieni
Translated from German by Donal McLaughlin

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay – Elena Ferrante
Translated from Italian by Ann – Goldstein

Big Bad Wolf – Nele Neuhaus
Translated from German by Steven T Murray

West – Julia Franck
Translated from German by Anthea Bell

The Dark Meadow – Maria Andrea Schenkel
Translated from German by Anthea Bell

Just Call Me Superhero – Alina Bronsky
Translated from German by Tim Mohr

The End of Days – Jenny Erpenbeck
Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky

Mr Darwin’s Gardener – Kristina Carlson
Translated from Finnish by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah

The Blue Room by Hanne Ørstavik
Translated from Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin

Crazy Tales of Blood and Guts – Teresa Solana
Translated from Catalan by Peter Bush

Family Heirlooms – Zulmera Ribiera Tavares
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

Silence – Mechtild Borrmann
Translated from German by Aubrey Botsford

The Last Lover – Can Xue (Abandoned after 67 torturous pages)
Translated from Chinese by Annabel Finnegan Wasmoen

The Dark Heart of the Night – Leonora Miano (Review to follow.)
Translated from French by Tamsin Black

Delirium – Laura Restrepo
Translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine – Alina Bronsky (Reread)
Translated from German by Tim Mohr

Links are to my reviews
My favourite three: Erpenbeck, Bronsky, Solana

So 15 read in their entirety and 11 reviewed – not too shoddy. In comparision I read 21 works by men in translation. The women are holding their own, without any positive gender discrimination on my part. I don’t expect #witmonth will change my behaviour in that regard, but I fully expect to discover a few more irresistable titles as the month progresses. Let the fun begin!

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