Summer Travel: In Translation, Eight Top Books That Will Take You Far

A smart and affecting study for most ­readers; an arresting work, told in stringently beautiful prose; for all smart sophisticated readers; for readers interested in family, memory, 20th-­century history, and strong literature; a real ­discovery for those who love world literature; piercingly pitch-perfect; highly recommended

Spring Abroad: Seeing the World Anew, with Books Beyond the Basics

Literate suspense for most readers; Awumey delivers a heartrending, perfectly crafted work; highly recommended for literary lovers; a classy puzzler to be read for plot, character, and atmosphere by a wide range of readers; a bracing intellectual conversation for sophisticates; great reading for all audiences

A Movable Literary Feast | Albertine Prize Short List Announced

Book lovers and Francophiles gathered at the historic Payne Whitney mansion in New York City to celebrate the announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for the best Francophone fiction translated into English and published in the United States over the past year.

Top World Fiction for Fall

Never didactic, this slice-of-life portrait of Cuba at a crucial moment will find readers beyond Latin American enthusiasts; an unsettling and brilliant document of contemporary life—highly recommended; Nevo shows us life’s complexities in a thoroughly satisfying read

Reading the World | Day of Dialog 2017

LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert moderated the “Reading the World” panel, which featured representatives from four publishers at the forefront of works in translation—Other Press, Archipelago Books, Europa Editions, and New Directions Publishing. For those not familiar with their work, Hoffert began with a brief introduction, noting that Other published Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation (a 2015 LJ Best Books “More […]

The Literature of Exile

With a revised executive order banning U.S. entry to citizens from six largely Muslim countries, Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert examines the refugee experience through literature.

Worldwide Reading: Books Beyond the Mainstream That Take Us Far

An enthralling portrait of a time, a place, and one resilient woman; Eir’s deliciously written work is almost as good as going on one’s own spiritual quest; smart and absorbing reading for a wide audience; Laroui is insightful and often blackly funny; Nobel Prize winner Modiano; Tawada’s engaging fable is not just for animal lovers

Frisco, Chimps, Perfume, Translations, Suck Fairies, & More | What We’re Reading

“What We’re Reading” has a lunch date with authors and a reading date with LJ and Junior Library Guild colleagues this week.

Reading the World: Important Fiction in Translation Beyond the Best Sellers

An arresting portrayal of totalitarian control; a charming and fabulist coming-of-age tale ends as a serious study of one artist’s struggle; Urroz’s fluid, propulsive language and passionate exploration of ideas unfolds a magnificent and heartfelt novel

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda | LJ Review

Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises, and introduces a memorable and powerful female protagonist.