TOP 5:

As I'm always looking for new translated fiction to discover, I came across the longlist for this years Man Booker International Prize and found some new books I want to read. Here are five of them.

You can find the complete longlist here.

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan

Originally published in Indonesian, this is set in a small town on the coast of Indonesia and follow two tormented families, and a young man that conceals a supernatural tiger inside himself.

Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal

Originally written in French, this is the story of a heart transplant and centers around the boy whose heart is given, and his family.

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa

Originally from Angola and translated from Portugese, this is about an anxious woman who locks herself up in her apartment for 30 years and writes her story on the walls, while her only outside influences are the people she sees from her window, the voices she hears next door and little snippets on the radio.

The Four Books by Yan Lianke

Originally written in Chinese, this tells the story of several intellectuals who are confined to a labour camp for "re-education", but are left to themselves when the Great Famine strikes.

A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar

Originally published in Brazil and translated from Poroguese, this is the story of two people: a young journalist and an older man who spend the night together at a Brazilian farm and then proceed to destroy each other.

Do you have any translated books on your TBR?


  1. I've yet to read any book by Lianke, but I heard him speak in Denmark last year, which was really interesting. Ferrante is quite popular in Denmark these days, but I'm more excited about the new one from Pamuk. :)

    1. Ferrante is very popular here in Norway too, but I really hate the covers so I've never really wanted to buy them (which is ridiculous, but there you go). I haven't heard about a new book for Pamuk, gotta check that out :)


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