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.
Fifteen translated books from ten different originating languages find themselves in the running for this year’s 25th annual Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
What Is Base In You Is Also Base In Them
I remember seeing some sort of promotional video or late night informercial type thing for The Secret a few years back and thinking, “What the heck?” There was this broke guy sitting in a chair with his eyes closed pretending to drive a sports car and there was a kid who really wanted a new bicycle in the worst way possible and went to bed imagining how glorious riding it would be. Both of these people apparently used nothing but the power of thought to get what they wanted (though I should mention that the kid actually wrote down his wish on a scrap of paper and placed it under his pillow for someone to find) from the universe. Yeah, right. C’mon. Still, there’s a little piece of me that wonders, is it possible to want something so badly that somehow, even when it seems utterly hopeless and all but impossible, it eventually becomes part of your reality? That’s only one of the many questions raised in debut author Jonas Karlsson’s sensational little Kafkaesque novella The Room, but it’s probably the most important.
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.