Mr Adamson by Urs Widmer


What will happen next, only the gods know

Ghost stories are a tricky beast to get right. Ghost stories in translation, told across cultural and language divides, even more so. With the exception of perhaps The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin (translated by Marlaine Delargy) there are almost none that I can think of that I’d go out of my way to personally reread or to recommend to others. In fact I almost didn’t even bother to crack open Urs Widmer’s Mr Adamson for this very reason. What a huge mistake that would have been. Continue Reading

New in Translation: May 2015


According to the Visual Guide to Translated Fiction there are 33 works being published in upcoming month of May that are new in translation. If you want to check out the full list go here, and then click on May. If not, stick around, because I’m about to break down the six novels and three story collections that you don’t want to miss.

I’m officially back from a vacation that found me wasting so much time standing in lines for amusement rides that I actually managed to read an entire book while doing so (I’m looking at you, The Indian). Have you ever read an entire book while standing? It was a new experience for me, but I’m thinking maybe I should lug more books around with me so that I can fill our woefully neglected Instagram account with selfie pics of me standing in DMV and post office lines reading translated literature.

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The Typographical Translation Preview: Your Guide To The Second Half of 2014


Highlighting the most promising and highly-anticipated upcoming releases, the Typographical Translation Preview provides a rough guide to the next six months in literary translations. New books from old favorites like Murakami, Kehlmann, Shishkin, Manea, Saramago, and Higashino sit alongside titles from both established literary giants and first time translated authors. A wide variety of genres, languages, and countries are also represented here, so hopefully even the most picky of readers will find something to enjoy.

This list isn’t a complete picture of the remainder of the year in translationthat would be a daunting taskbut at 50 titles strong I hope that it serves as an excellent guide to the best that the back half of 2014 has to offer.

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