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Best Fiction in Translation of 2018

  • FICTION

    THE RIGHT INTENTION

    MARCH 6, 2018

FICTION

THE RIGHT INTENTION

by Andrés Barba ; translated by Lisa Dillman

A gorgeous, fully realized collection in which each novella can be appreciated on its own as well as in concert with the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MOURNING

    MAY 8, 2018

FICTION

MOURNING

by Eduardo Halfon ; translated by Lisa Dillman & Daniel Hahn

In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NEWCOMER

    NOV. 20, 2018

FICTION

NEWCOMER

by Keigo Higashino ; translated by Giles Murray

Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TODDLER HUNTING

    OCT. 26, 2018

FICTION

TODDLER HUNTING

by Taeko Kono ; translated by Lucy North

Kono should be an electrifying discovery for English-speaking lovers of short fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MOON BROW

    APRIL 17, 2018

FICTION

MOON BROW

by Shahriar Mandanipour ; translated by Sara Khalili

A remarkable vision of the elusiveness of redemption and love. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    KILLING COMMENDATORE

    OCT. 9, 2018

FICTION

KILLING COMMENDATORE

by Haruki Murakami ; translated by Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen

Altogether bizarre—and pleasingly beguiling, if demanding. Not the book for readers new to Murakami but likely to satisfy... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WAIT, BLINK

    JUNE 5, 2018

FICTION

WAIT, BLINK

by Gunnhild Øyehaug ; translated by Kari Dickson

If it isn’t precisely perfect, it’s awfully damn close. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TRICK

    MARCH 6, 2018

FICTION

TRICK

by Domenico Starnone ; translated by Jhumpa Lahiri

A gorgeous account of a man’s struggle to reckon with the life he’s lived and the lives he hasn’t. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FOX

    APRIL 17, 2018

  • FICTION

    THE DAY THE SUN DIED

    DEC. 11, 2018

FICTION

THE DAY THE SUN DIED

by Yan Lianke ; translated by Carlos Rojas

As dreamscape realized, however horrible, Yan’s novel belongs in the company of Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo and even James... Full review >

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