Posts under ‘Books in Translation’

Christ’s Entry Into Brussels by Dimitri Verhulst

   Source: Free review copy received from publisher Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer Five words from the blurb: Jesus, Belgium, publicity, welcoming, committee Christ’s Entry Into Brussels is a novella that satirises modern society by imaging what would happen if Jesus Christ were to announce his second-coming. It shows the way authorities would panic at the thought of […]

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

 Source: Library Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins Shortlisted for 2016 MAN Booker International Prize Five words from the blurb: mountain, valley, change, solitude, great A Whole Life is only 150 pages long, but it contains a beautiful, perfectly formed, story about the life of one man. Andreas Egger lives in a remote mountain […]

Two Wonderful Novellas in Translation

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Translated from the Norwegian by Agnes Scott Langeland Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad Five words from the blurb: alone, sees, murder, indecision, moralist Professor Andersen’s Night is a fantastic little book, but I didn’t want to write a full review for fear of giving too much away. […]

Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

 Shortlisted for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel Five words from the blurb: friends, school, death, connections, reason Tsukuru is 36, but as a teenager he was part of a group of five friends. One day they stopped talking to him and he felt abandoned. He hasn’t seen […]

Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco

 Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa Five words from the blurb: boy, hiding, violence, landscape, goatherd Out in the Open is a short, but powerful book about a boy who runs away from home. Whilst avoiding a search party, he meets an old goatherd and the two form an unlikely friendship. They begin […]

The Book of Fathers by Miklós Vámos

 Translated from the Hungarian by Peter Sherwood Five words from the blurb: Hungarian, family, generations, gift, epic The Book of Fathers is an epic piece of historical fiction. It follows twelve generations of first-born sons through 300 years of Hungarian history. The book has been a bestseller throughout Europe, but has had less success here […]