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Crossing | Pajtim Statovci
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My last finish of 2019! This NBA Finalist for Translated Lit comes from Finland. The main character has fled Albania‘s stifling social mores and poor economy for a variety of countries, but he can‘t find what he‘s looking for. Good, but a bit confusing at times, read it to find out why! #lgbtq #intranslation

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In Syria, and elderly man has died. One of his sons promised to bury him in their hometown. And he and his estranged brother and sister head off with the body. Only Syria is in the midst of Civil War. They cross territories occupied by three different groups, they bribe, they wait, they are constantly under suspicion and held. They also talk and remember and think about their childhoods. #nationalbookaward #intranslation

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Crusoe's Daughter | Jane Gardam
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A heads-up for those who are looking for translated works - Europa Editions has been putting a lot of its e-books on sale (US stores) the past week or so. They're rotating the sale books every few days, so if you're looking for translated books - or Gardam, who writes in English - find them by using the Advanced Search tool, then sorting by Price: low to high.
#translation #intranslation #womenintranslation #readaroundtheworld

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Isolde | Irina Odoevt?s?eva
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This 1929 novel is the first to appear in English. Liza (14) and her brother Nikolai (16) and their mother Natasha are Russian exiles in France. They seem hedonistic (a la Bonjour Tristesse), but really they are lonely, a burden to their mother who abandons them in Paris. Liza desperately wants and needs her mother‘s love. Kolya and Andrei make desperate plans. #intranslation #WIT #russianlit

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I am woefully late to the Beartown party, but am so glad I made it! This has been one of my favorite reads of the year; the way it touches on so many topics (community, loyalty, tradition, masculinity, family, grief, hope, and healing) is completely absorbing. What a beautiful and heartbreaking meditation. I will be starting the sequel tonight, and I can't wait. #Beartown #intranslation
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marleed I‘m just like you having recently read and loved Beartown. I have the sequel on hold at the library! 3mo
Andrea313 @marleed I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! So far, I really love the sequel, too. ❤📚🏒 3mo
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Andrea313
Jane, the Fox & Me | Fanny Britt
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Ooof. This was a beautiful gut punch. I remember so clearly those middle school feelings of shame, isolation, inadequacy, and longing; I also turned to Jane Eyre for solace (and to hide). This lovely graphic novel has completely gorgeous illustrations and a painfully real protagonist looking for connection and affirmation. It also has a wonderfully sweet ending, I'm happy to report! #GraphicNovel #InTranslation

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This interesting little book is a dystopia. I think. Or maybe a man‘s descent into mental illness? Or maybe it‘s really an allegory that went over my head, as I definitely don‘t know enough about Korean history or current events to pick up on an allegory. But this was interesting and unusual. The main character is not named, and his story makes odd sense—until it doesn‘t. #intranslation #koreanlit #dystopia

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Baboon | Naja Marie Aidt
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The short stories in this collection all feature people whose regular day goes awry. It may be minor, it may be major, it may be infuriating and upsetting or easily forgotten. Aidt is a very well-regarded Danish author and this is the first of her books to appear in English. #intranslation #shortstories #womenintranslation

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US release date November 5! This novel manages to combine dystopia, current events, and time travel. I loved it! In near-future Sweden a poet/author is invited to meet with a young terrorist who 2 years earlier stopped the terrorist attack she was part of. She now lives in a psychiatric facility. She claims to actually be from Sweden‘s dystopian future—10-15 years away. There are 3 stories/times/places intertwined. Very well done! #intranslation

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The stories in this collection all look at life in modern Tibet—nomads, Buddhism, marriage and kids—with the ever-present reality of Chinese occupation in the background when it‘s not in the foreground. Dondrup is smart, witting, and a bit scathing in some stories. I really enjoyed this book, my favorite stories were A Show to Delight the Masses and Black Fox Valley. #intranslation #shortstories #tibet