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Best Fiction in Translation of 2020

  • FICTION

    THE FALLEN

    JUNE 2, 2020

FICTION

THE FALLEN

by Carlos Manuel Álvarez ; translated by Frank Wynne

Álvarez has written an unnervingly subtle and effective exploration of the cost of blind idealism on families. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

    SEPT. 1, 2020

FICTION

THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

by Elena Ferrante ; translated by Ann Goldstein

A girl, a city, an inhospitable society: Ferrante’s formula works again! Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEOWULF

    AUG. 25, 2020

FICTION

BEOWULF

by Maria Dahvana Headley

Some purists may object to the small liberties Headley has taken with the text, but her version is altogether brilliant. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THAT TIME OF YEAR

    SEPT. 8, 2020

FICTION

THAT TIME OF YEAR

by Marie NDiaye ; translated by Jordan Stump

Part ghost story, part satiric horror, this gorgeously eerie book will keep you holding your breath even past the end. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE GOLDEN CAGE

    JULY 7, 2020

FICTION

THE GOLDEN CAGE

by Camilla Läckberg ; translated by Neil Smith

A deliciously inventive thriller brimming with sex, secrets, and scandal. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

    JUNE 2, 2020

FICTION

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

by Stefano Massini ; translated by Richard Dixon

A vivid account of one remarkable family’s role in shaping modern America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LAKE LIKE A MIRROR

    MARCH 10, 2020

FICTION

LAKE LIKE A MIRROR

by Ho Sok Fong ; translated by Natascha Bruce

Straddling the surreal and the pointedly political, Ho reveals herself to be a writer of immense talent and range. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE KINGDOM

    NOV. 10, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE KINGDOM

by Jo Nesbø ; translated by Robert Ferguson

The illusions of a family and its close-knit town constructed and demolished on a truly epic scale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING

    AUG. 18, 2020

FICTION

THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING

by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld ; translated by Michele Hutchison

Rijneveld’s extraordinary narrator describes a small world of pain which is hard to look at and harder to ignore. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE KING OF WARSAW

    APRIL 21, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE KING OF WARSAW

by Szczepan Twardoch ; translated by Sean Gasper Bye

A wickedly enthralling novel by one of Poland's emerging literary stars. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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