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15 Great Books in Translation

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