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Best Fiction in Translation of 2019

  • FICTION

    CELESTIAL BODIES

    OCT. 15, 2019

FICTION

CELESTIAL BODIES

by Jokha Alharthi ; translated by Marilyn Booth

A richly layered, ambitious work that teems with human struggles and contradictions, providing fascinating insight into... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NIGHT SCHOOL

    JAN. 15, 2019

FICTION

NIGHT SCHOOL

by Zsófia Bán ; translated by Jim Tucker

Acerbic, playful, full of quick-witted philosophy, and unstintingly original, this is a varied and unsettling reader for our... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A GIRL RETURNED

    JULY 2, 2019

FICTION

A GIRL RETURNED

by Donatella Di Pietrantonio ; translated by Ann Goldstein

A gripping, deeply moving coming-of-age novel; immensely readable, beautifully written, and highly recommended. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    KNIFE

    JULY 9, 2019

FICTION

KNIFE

by Jo Nesbø ; translated by Neil Smith

The darkest hour yet for a detective who pleads, “The only thing I can do is investigate murders. And drink”—and a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PROMISE

    SEPT. 17, 2019

FICTION

THE PROMISE

by Silvina Ocampo ; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine & Jessica Powell

A seminal work by an underread master. Required for all students of the human condition. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE MEMORY POLICE

    AUG. 13, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE MEMORY POLICE

by Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder

A quiet tale that considers the way small, human connections can disrupt the callous powers of authority. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FRAGILITY OF BODIES

    SEPT. 19, 2019

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE FRAGILITY OF BODIES

by Sergio Olguín ; translated by Miranda France

An unusual, intoxicating thriller from Argentina that casts deeper and deeper shadows. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CHESTNUT MAN

    SEPT. 3, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE CHESTNUT MAN

by Søren Sveistrup ; translated by Caroline Wright

A tantalizing, un-put-down-able novel by an instant master of the form. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD

    AUG. 13, 2019

FICTION

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD

by Olga Tokarczuk ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

In her depictions of her characters and their worlds—both internal and external—Tokarczuk has created something entirely new. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE REMAINDER

    AUG. 6, 2019

FICTION

THE REMAINDER

by Alia Trabucco Zerán ; translated by Sophie Hughes

Thanatofiction at its best and a debut that leaves the reader wanting more. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TERRITORY OF LIGHT

    FEB. 12, 2019

FICTION

TERRITORY OF LIGHT

by Yuko Tsushima ; translated by Geraldine Harcourt

Each chapter is as elegant and self-contained as a pearl or a perfectly articulated drop of water. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FOX AND DR. SHIMAMURA

    APRIL 30, 2019

FICTION

THE FOX AND DR. SHIMAMURA

by Christine Wunnicke ; translated by Philip Boehm

With her delicate prose, arch tone, and mischievous storytelling, Wunnicke proves herself a master of the form. Full review >

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