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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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