Beyond the Best Translated Book Award: 20 More Great Translations from 2013


The 2014 Best Translated Book Award nominees have been announced! Bang it here for complete descriptions of all 25 titles.

Missed our peek at what each of this year’s Best Translated Book Award novels looks like around the globe?  Click here for part five, and then work your way backwards. 

Missed our look at this year’s crop of nominated translators?  Click here for part five, and then work your way backward.

The 25 books that fought their way onto this year’s Best Translated Book Award longlist represent only a fraction of what was a pretty great year for translated literature.  According to the Three Percent database, 42 8 6 (Time Regulation Institute should be removed, shouldn’t it?  And why is Jonke’s Awakening to the Great Sleep War from 2012 in there?  Maybe Chasing the King of Hearts should be INCLUDED?  GAH!  Let’s say 430ish) works of fiction were introduced to the English language for the very first time last year.  Unfortunately the database doesn’t break down genre any further so we can’t take a closer look at how many of those were crime fiction (a lot I’d wager), or romance (bleh says I), or horror (LINDQVIST!), etc. On the plus however we can sort by publisher, a nice touch which allows us to successfully avoid having to suffer through another AmazonCrossing book ever again.

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The Creator by Gudrun Eva Minervudottir

Gudrun Eva Minervudottir: The_Creator

Can this world really be as sad as it seems?

In the opening moments of The Creator a divorced mother of two named Lóa steers her car towards what she believes to be a service garage after it suffers a flat tire.  Much to her dismay however, she quickly discovers that the location has changed hands.  When a solitary man named Sveinn emerges from the building and offers her his assistance their chance meeting sets in motion a chain of events that neither could have ever hoped to foresee.

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