There were over 450 new translations published this year, and trust us, we know from experience, keeping track of them all can be a maddening exercise. Each weekday from now until the end of the year we’ll highlight a different title that you may have missed. From short story collections to epic novels, from award winning works of the highest literary caliber to trashy romantic beach reads, we’ll feature the very best, and the very worst that 2015 had to offer, one book at a time.
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.
There Are No Second Acts
Nobody’s life can be exciting all the time, right? I mean, for the most part in my day-to-day grind nothing all that thrilling ever happens, but inside my head, man does A LOT go on. Take right now for example. I’m trying to figure out the best way to write this review while I’m wondering why my son has been playing Check Yes Juliet over and over and OVER again on Rock Band 3 for the past hour when he’s got 200 other songs he could choose from while I’m deciding if I want to eat something for breakfast or if I should wait until later. I’ll wait under later. Speaking of which, do I like shrimp? Did I ever like shrimp? Look at all that fucking snow. I think I need to go shovel the driveway.
According to the Visual Guide to Translated Fiction there are 41 new works being published in February. If you want to check out the full list go here, and then click on February. I can’t possibly talk about all 41 in one sitting, but as always I’ll spend a bit of time below taking a closer look at the titles that I’m most looking forward to getting lost in over the next 28 days.
Tomorrow morning we find out which ten books make up the 2014 Best Translated Book Award short list!
Over the past few weeks Three Percent has been running their annual Why This Book Should Win series. Since you can’t easily filter and/or group their articles together by category, we thought it would be swell if we provided handy-dandy hyperlinks to each article for your last-minute reading pleasure. You know, just in case you accidentally missed any. Because you have been reading along every single day, right?
Jump in, hit some links, absorb the compelling awesomeness of each of the arguments, and we’ll meet back here tomorrow after the official short list announcement to commiserate over our favorite books that inexplicably didn’t make the final cut.