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15 Great Books in Translation

November 4, 2017


Though I admit, I read mostly English and sometimes German books, some of the best books I read in recent years have been translated. The Elena Ferrante books, probably among my top ten last year, especially left an impact, but also those by Swede, Fredrik Backman, which at first seem quaint, then evolve into beautiful, insightful stories about the ordinary troubles of ordinary people. In compiling this list, I've restricted myself to books from 20th and 21st century. Do you have any favorites to add to the list? Happy reading!


Night by Elie Wiesel


The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman


The Dinner by Herman Koch


All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


 Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke


Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami


 Asterix in Britain by René Goscinny and Albet Uderzo


Le Petit Nicolas by René Goscinny


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus






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