Lizzy's Literary Life

#WITmonth (Books read August 2016-July 2017)


As is now traditional here, I like to start Women in Translation Month with a list of the women in translation I have read during the past twelve months.  This year’s list consists of 19 books translated from 10 languages.  The titles of my favourite five are in bold, and, when you see them, you’ll realise that I can’t wait for another novel from Ayelet Gundar-Goshen!

Listed in the order I read them.

Hotel Bosphorus – Esmahan Aykol
Translated from Turkish by Ruth Whitehouse

Waking Lions – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston

Innocence Or Murder in Streep Street – Heda Margolius Kovaly
Translated from Czech by Alex Zucker

The Trap – Melanie Raabe
Translated from German by Imogen Taylor

The Decision – Britta Böhler
Translated from Dutch by Jeanette K Ringold

All Russians Love Birch Trees – Olga Grajsnowna
Translated from German by Eva Bacon

The Golden Yarn – Cornelia Funke
Translated from German by Oliver Latsch

The Boy – Wytske Versteeg
Translated from Dutch by Sarah Welling

The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
Translated from German by Simon Pare

Craving – Ester Gerritsen
Translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison

When the Doves Disappeared – Sofi Oksanen
Translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers

Rasputin and Other Ironies – Teffi
Translated from Russian by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler, Rose France and Anne Marie Jackson

One Night, Markovitch – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston

Memoirs of A Polar Bear – Yoko Tawada (Review to follow)
Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky

The Story of My Teeth – Valeria Luiselli
Translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney

The Bird Tribunal – Agnes Ravatn
Translated from Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Fever Dream – Samantha Schweblin
Translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal – Dorthe Nors
Translated from Danish by Misha Hoekstra

Go Went Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck (Review to follow)
Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky