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Best Fiction of 2012: Translations

  • FICTION

    THE INVESTIGATION

    JULY 10, 2012

FICTION

THE INVESTIGATION

by Philippe Claudel ; translated by John Cullen

A technocratic Kafka nightmare—heavy on surreal diagnosis of the world’s ills, light on the traditional rewards of... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

    SEPT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

by Jonas Jonasson

A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LENIN'S KISSES

    OCT. 2, 2012

FICTION

LENIN'S KISSES

by Yan Lianke & translated by Carlos Rojas

A satirical masterpiece, very funny for all its footnotes. You can bet the authorities in Beijing are scratching their heads... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE DREAM OF THE CELT

    JUNE 12, 2012

  • FICTION

    THREE STRONG WOMEN

    AUG. 7, 2012

FICTION

THREE STRONG WOMEN

by Mary NDiaye & translated by John Fletcher

Unrelenting in its anger, pain and sorrow, but hard to put down. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CHILDREN IN REINDEER WOODS

    APRIL 17, 2012

FICTION

CHILDREN IN REINDEER WOODS

by Kristín Ómarsdóttir & translated by Lytton Smith

This is the first of Icelandic author Ómarsdóttir’s novels to appear in English, and it shouldn’t be the last. Somewhere in... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MY FIRST SUICIDE

    MAY 15, 2012

FICTION

MY FIRST SUICIDE

by Jerzy Pilch & translated by David Frick

It’s hard to do justice to the outré and eccentric but gorgeous quality of Pilch’s prose. Here he manages to pull off some... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WE'RE FLYING

    AUG. 14, 2012

FICTION

WE'RE FLYING

by Peter Stamm translated by Michael Hofmann

For those who have an affinity for metaphysical fiction written with a surgeon’s precision, this collection will spur... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HOSTAGE

    AUG. 24, 2012

FICTION

HOSTAGE

by Elie Wiesel & translated by Catherine Temerson

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel continues to remind us of the brilliant possibilities of the philosophical and political... Full review >

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