Books in Translation

  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Historical Fiction
  3. Speculative Fiction
  4. Romance
  5. Non Fiction
  6. Mystery/Thriller
A Horse Walks Into a Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar

by David Grossman

trans. Jessica Cohen

An Israeli comedian a bit past his prime conveys with semi-questionable humor anecdotes from his violence-stricken youth during a night of standup, while a judge in the audience wrestles with his own part in the comedian's losses.

Original language: Hebrew



by Dubravka Ugresic

trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac and David Williams

Using the duplicitous and shape-shifting fox of Eastern folklore as a motif, Ugresic constructs a novel that reinvents itself over and over, blending nuggets of literary trivia with the timeless story of a woman trying to escape her hometown and find love to magical effect.

Original language: Croatian

The Book of Mother

The Book of Mother

by Violaine Huisman

trans. Leslie Camhi

Struggling to establish his writing career in the shadow of a hugely successful crime novelist named Kloster, an up-and-coming author is alarmed when his secretary--Kloster's own former assistant--claims that the famous novelist is a serial killer who is targeting her family.

Original language: French



by Negar Diavadi

trans. Tina A. Kovar

25-year-old Iranian expat Kimia Sadr, facing the future she has built for herself after leaving her family behind, is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors in the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic.

Original language: French

Bitter Orange Tree

Bitter Orange Tree
by Jokha Alharthi

trans. Marilyn Booth

A young Omani woman attempting to assimilate in Britain reflects on the relationships that have been central to her life.

Original language: Arabic

The Blue FOx

The Blue Fox

by Sjon

trans. Victoria Cribb

An elusive fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest, while a naturalist endeavors to build a life for a young woman with Down syndrome whom he rescued from a shipwreck years earlier.

Original language: Icelandic

Killing Commendatore

Killing Commendatore 

by Haruki Murakami

trans. Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen

A portrait painter deals with the upcoming divorce from his wife by moving into an old house in rural Japan that used to belong to a famous artist.

Original language: Japanese

Time Shelter

Time Shelter
by Georgi Gospodinov

trans. Angela Rodel

In an apricot-colored building in Zurich, surrounded by curiously planted forget-me-nots, Gaustine has opened the first “clinic for the past,” an institution that offers an inspired treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a past decade in minute detail, allowing patients to transport themselves back in time to unlock what is left of their fading memories.

Original language: Bulgarian