The Factory The Hospital Who Killed My Father The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Under the Glacier Seiobo There Below Flights
Dinner The Passion According to G.H. The Story of My Teeth One Hundred Twenty-One Days The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Amulet
The Factory River The Governesses Toddler Hunting: And Other Stories Our Lady of the Nile The Emissary Harbart
Aviaries Vano and Niko War & War Space Invaders One Hundred Twenty-One Days Monsieur de Bougrelon Hashish

Fiction In Translation - Staff Picks

By Malvern Books

By Malvern Books
The Factory

The Factory

Hiroko Oyamada

$13.95 $12.97

Celia says, "I’m not sure I’ve read anything quite like it. A lot of works that engage with the senselessness of life ask their readers to experience anguish or the shock of finding meaninglessness where you expected to find meaning. Oyamada asks you to live with the flatness of her characters, the ways in which their lives are hollowed out without their own awareness."

One Hundred Twenty-One Days

One Hundred Twenty-One Days

Michèle Audin

$14.95 $13.90

Schandra says, "A book for lovers of mathematics, French literature, history, genealogy, mystery, and poetry. If you found beauty in Anne Frank’s diary or in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'All the Lights We Cannot See,' you will most certainly find it here."

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories

César Aira

$29.95 $27.85

Claire says, "My first foray into the wild mechanics of Aira’s fiction, this collection of short stories feels like it has been spun out of the webby brainwaves of a mad scientist. Aira is known as the Latin American master of microfiction, having published ten short novels in nine years with New Directions. His genius is beyond question, though its expression is so strange, that after reading any one of these stories, your brain may be full of nothing but questions, but also delight."

Harbart

Harbart

Nabarun Bhattacharya

$13.95

Celia says, "Harbart is a phantasmagoric novel in which the messages the dead leave are lost, misinterpreted, and outright ignored. Realism, says Bhattacharya, is insufficient for a world in which the past is so evidently not finished with us."

Who Killed My Father

Who Killed My Father

Edouard Louis

$15.95 $14.83

Julie says, "'Who Killed My Father' is a book that navigates what can’t be said, it addresses liminal spaces; it drifts between present and past tense; it glides between first and second person; it eulogizes a man who is still alive. At under 85 pages the book captures so completely the atrocities committed within families when poverty pits them against one another."

Monsieur de Bougrelon

Monsieur de Bougrelon

Jean Lorrain

$16.10

Celia says, "Jean Lorrain’s 'Monsieur de Bougrelon' is a savage little novel about a group of friends vacationing, at the turn of the century, in Amsterdam, but it’s not really about travelers so much as it is about the experience of being taken in by the bizarre soul of a place, of allowing yourself to believe the kind of grotesque stories that shouldn’t fool anyone."

Hashish

Hashish

Oscar Schmitz and Alfred Kubin

$15.95 $14.83

Rebekah says, "It has been a long time since a book has shocked and morbidly fascinated me as much as Hashish by Oscar A.H. Schmitz. Literary dandy Schmitz was held in high esteem by his contemporaries, but other decadent and fin de siècle writers like Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde have eclipsed his presence in modern mainstream consciousness. Thanks to Wakefield Press, however, this practically unknown collection of German tales has finally come out of the woodwork, available in English for the first time since its original 1902 publication. "

Toddler Hunting: And Other Stories

Toddler Hunting: And Other Stories

Taeko Kono

$16.95

Celia says, "These are vivid, sad, violent stories about being trapped in a senseless world. Her narrators are women, mostly, unhappy in the sphere of marriage, motherhood and domesticity, fearlessly or timidly seeking out the externalization of suffering through masochism or humiliation or flirting with death. And yet these aren’t entirely nihilistic stories either."

Flights

Flights

Olga Tokarczuk

$17.00 $15.81

Celia says, "'Flights' is a network of neurons, a fragile map that might not be immediately recognizable as a system, but which is constantly transmitting impulses, stories, quick bursts of scenes. It claims to be about travel and the body, but a better description might be: what does a body look like in movement? What are its transitions, the way it’s constantly disintegrating and being born?"

The Governesses

The Governesses

Anne Serre

$12.95 $12.04

Celia says, "'The Governesses' could as easily be a Victorian experiment by the likes of Christina Rossetti, or a novel written just this year, and still on the cutting edge. It’s difficult to picture Serre writing it, in the same way that it’s difficult to picture the craftsmanship of a Fabergé egg, that perfect, jewel-encrusted world unto itself. And yet this is a novel that asks its reader to think deeply about the act of creation, and about the nature of the created world."

Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile

Scholastique Mukasonga

$18.00

Recommended by F.

The Passion According to G.H.

The Passion According to G.H.

Clarice Lispector

$15.95 $14.83

Tracey says, "Perhaps the most Kafkaesque of Lispector’s nine novels—yes, it involves a cockroach—is the mystical 'The Passion According to G.H.,' first published in 1964 as 'A Paixão Segundo G.H.,' and released in a superb translation by Idra Novey by New Directions in 2012."

Amulet

Amulet

Roberto Bolaño

$16.95 $15.76

F says, "Perhaps it’s too easy to recommend a book by Bolaño, but this is the first novel by him I ever read. I bought it on a whim around 2007ish, after having witnessed his corner of the shelf at the local bookstore get a little bigger year after year. Finally I said, Who is this guy?, and picked one up. I will say now, after ten years of distance, that nothing could have prepared me at that time for 'Amulet.' This is a story about immigrants, about the government doing the unthinkable, and about resistance. At the time a novel like this was not easy to come by, especially one that was contemporary. It is narrated throughout the course of twelve days by an older Uruguayan woman as she hides in a bathroom stall while the army invades the university in Mexico City. She calls herself the mother of all poets and passionately recounts her life, passions, fantasies, and fears. Though his longer, imperfect novels are certainly works of art in their own right, I really enjoy the impact and immediacy of shorter ones like 'Amulet.'"

The Emissary

The Emissary

Yoko Tawada

$14.95 $13.90

Claire says, "This dystopian fable has it all: spry octogenarians, dissociative trances, and diseased young children whose odd wisdom might be the saving grace of a world so far gone, it almost resembles our own."

The Story of My Teeth

The Story of My Teeth

Valeria Luiselli

$16.95 $15.76

Recommended by Tracey.

Seiobo There Below

Seiobo There Below

László Krasznahorkai

$17.95 $16.69

Celia says, "In the second chapter, there is an untranslated crossword in Italian, whose clue for number 54 across includes the name of the ancient queen whom the following chapter is about. When I gave the book to a friend, she got to this chapter and then texted me and said, 'Did I mistakenly tell you that I wanted to read 500 pages by a Hungarian madman?' Then she read the rest of it, found the translator, and interviewed her for the Paris Review. It’s a novel that works that kind of alchemy—disbelief, then fascination."

The Hospital

The Hospital

Ahmed Bouanani

$14.95

Celia says, "There are books that you’ve never heard of before that, nevertheless, cast a spell of mystery over you once you’ve picked them up, and 'The Hospital' was one of these for me. As soon as I’d finished reading, I wanted to know who Ahmed Bouanani was and why I hadn’t heard of him before. While 'The Hospital' itself is a slim book, it feels as if it reaches out to the hidden network of a life’s work, as vivid and arresting as a long still shot at the beginning of a film."

Under the Glacier

Under the Glacier

Halldor Laxness

$17.00 $15.81

Recommended by Tracey.

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Nona Fernández

$14.00 $13.02

F says, "A short Chilean novel about coming of age during political turmoil and the rise of video games, that's possible to read in one sitting."

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk

$28.00 $26.04

Recommended by Celia.

War & War

War & War

George Szirtes and László Krasznahorkai

$17.95 $16.69

Recommended by Celia.

River

River

Esther Kinsky

$16.95 $15.76

Recommended by Celia.

Aviaries

Aviaries

Zuzana Brabcova

$16.00

Recommended by Celia.

Dinner

Dinner

César Aira

$13.95 $12.97

Schandra says, "This book’s as much a zombie thriller for the literary fiction enthusiast as it is a piece of literary fiction for the horror enthusiast. Aira wields contemporary pop culture without cutting away the necessary characteristic of great literature: timelessness."

Vano and Niko

Vano and Niko

Erlom Akhvlediani

$15.95 $14.83

Recommended by Tracey.