Translated Literature from Around the World

At some point in the future, I hope to include an annotated list on children’s books that have been translated into English; that is they were originally in some other language. However in the meantime here is one for adults: for one of my classes this semester I chose to write up a Genre Study on Translated Literature. This is a pretty broad list, and it includes:

  • Literary Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Mysteries
  • And some crazy awesome writers.

Initially I’m just pointing the list, and slowly working in the annotations. So check back and see how things shape up.

(and next week, we should be back to our regular schedule).

The List

GenreLiterature in Translation

  • Abouet, Marguerite & Ouberie, Clemente.  Aya Series (books 1-4)(2005-2012). Translated from the original French by Dag Dasher.
Cover of Aya
              -Graphic novel: coming-of-age story. Marguerite Abouet set out to show a happier side of her country, one  far removed from the the war torn stories of Africa the media often reports. Set in the sunny 1970’s, Anya lives on the Ivory Coast and spends her days with her best friends Adjoua and Bintou in the working class city of Yopoogon, aka “Yop City.” The everyday  joys and sorrows of life in Yop city are observed and experienced by Anya, our 19 year old protagonist. The simple stories are supported by Clemente Oubrie’s (her husband’s) warm and evocative drawings.
  •  Allende, Isabel.    Island Beneath the Sea. (2010). Translated from the original Spanish by Margaret Sayers Pedan
               -Literary Fiction
  • Bronsky, Alina. The Hottest Dishes of the Tatar Regime (2010). Translated from the original Russian by Tim Mohr.
              -Literary Fiction
  • Catel (Mueller) & Bocquet, Jose-Luis. (2012). Kiki de Montparnasse. Translated from the original French by Nora Mahoney.
               -Graphic Novel/Biography
  • Eco, Umberto.  The Prague Cemetary. Translated from the original Italian by Richard Dixon.
              -Literary Fiction
  • Evans, Brecht.  The Wrong Place. Translated from the original Dutch by Rhian Heppleston, Michele Hutchison, & Laura Watkinson. **
             -Literary Fiction
  • Lackberg, Camilla. The Drowning (2012). Translated from the original Swedish by Tina Nunnaly
  • Linke, Yann. Dream of Ding Vilaage (2011). Translated from the original Chinese by Cindy Carter.
              -Literary Fiction
  •  Luiselli, Valeria.  Faces in the Crowd (2012). Translated from the original Spanish by Christina McSweeney.
               -Literary Fiction
  • Mizuki, Shigeru. Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths (2012).  Translated from the original Japanese by Jocelynne Allen. **
              -Manga, semi-biography, WW II
  • Murikami, Haruki. (2011). IQ84. Translated from the original Japanese by Jay Rubin & Phil Gabriel.
              -Literary Fiction
  • Mysliwski, Wieslaw. Stone Upon Stone. (2010). Translated from the Polish by Bill Johnson. *
              -Literary Fiction
  • Neuman, Andres. (2012). Traveler of the Century.(2012). Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor & Lorenz Garcia.
            – Literary Fiction
  • Oz, Amos. Scenes from a Village Life (2011). Translated from the original Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange.
              -Literary Fiction
  • Palma, Felix J. (2011). A Map of Time (2011). Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caisto

              -Science Fiction 

  • Perez-Reverte, Arturo. Pirates of the Levant (Captain Alatriste, Book 6). (2010). Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jill Costa.
              -Action-Adventure/Historical Fiction
  • Pehov, Aleksey. Shadow Prowler. (2010). Translated from the original Russian by Aleksey Pehov.


  • Potzsch, Oliver. The Hangman’s Daughter (2011). Translated from the original German by Lee Chadeayne. (AmazonCrossing).
              -Literary Fiction
  • Rodari, Gianni. Lamberto Lamberto Lamberto! (2011). Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugar.
             -Children’s book
  • Siguradottir, Yrsa. Ashes to Dust (2012). Translated from the original Icelandic by Philip Roughton
  • Sjon. From the Mouth of the Whale (2011). Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb.
             -Literary Fiction
  • Ugresic, Dubravka. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (2010). Translated from the original Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac, Celia Hawkesworth, & Mark Thompson.
             -Literary Fiction
  • Valenzuela, Luisa. Dark Desires and Others (2011).Translated from the original Spanish by Susan E. Clark.
               -Literary Fiction

* Best Translated Book Award 3%, 2011.

**  Graphic Novel


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