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|Finding your way into translated
English readers can easily miss out on the best writing because so few European language novels are translated into English compared to the huge numbers of English/American titles that get translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.
* Want to know more about contemporary writers from Western Europe and beyond ?
* Looking for novels with a flavour of Europe about them ?
* Needing help identifying some of the classics of world literature ?
* Want to know more about Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Bernard Malamud, Else Lasker-Schuler or Clarice Lispector ?
The Babel World Literature Site is a good place to start. It offers a few samples of the widely acclaimed Babel Guides (with thoughtful reviews and text extracts) and easy ways of purchasing the full paperback versions including the recent addition on Jewish literature.
And if you can't obtain any of the novels you want to read, your local public library should be able to help...
If you have enjoyed reading a novel in translation, why not send an email to the feedback pages of Lit-Net and tell us about it! (see News & Comment page below)
Irene Unpingco recommends some Latin American authors...
"Isabel Allende: House of Spirits (Black Swan; 1985) This
book is amazing in describing the power of women in a latino world. It reflects the
influence of them over their world and the men around them. It
|New Books in
German/French Book News
Much good writing from Austria, Germany and Switzerland is relatively little known in the UK. A very small number of novels and other books get translated into English each year. Agencies supported by the three national governments have therefore got together to promote a range of exciting new titles, to tempt UK and USA publishers and raise the profile of German writing.
"New Books in German" is a twice-yearly publication edited by Rosemary Smith and published by the Society of Authors. It includes (from the Spring 1998 edition) a list of all titles translated from German into English for the previous year. The guide has attractive and illustrated reviews and feature articles.
French Book News is a similar venture sponsored by the French Embassy. This has more extended evaluations and features on different types of writing. Creative writing plays a rather smaller part in French Book News than it does in New Books in German with a correspondingly higher percentage of non-fiction reviews.
|The International IMPAC Dublin
Literary Award - 1998 Shortlist
Nominations for this Award are made by public libraries from across the world (Adelaide to Windhoek and all points between). This year's shortlist is:-
|Alias Grace||Margaret Atwood||In this astonishing novel, Margaret Atwood has reclaimed a mysterious and disturbing story of the past century in Canada and has woven it into an intricate narrative that brilliantly evokes time and place.|
|The Counting House||David Dabydeen||This beautifully sustained novel, is set in the nineteenth century at the height of the British Empire, in India and British Guyana.|
|Imaginings of Sand||Andre Brink||This remarkable novel traces with passionate precision the unforgettable story of a country and a people on the cusp of irrevocable change, at the time of South Africa's first free elections.|
|The Glade within the Grove||David Foster||This bold novel is an elegy for a vanished piece of Australia, a brilliant re-creation of its secret landscape, asking the deepest questions of life and love.|
|The Autobiography of my Mother||Jamaica Kincaid||This haunting story of love, fear and loss is an account of one woman's inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical style on the island of Dominica.|
|Salt||Earl Lovelace||Salt is a tour de force, a novel which explores the intermingling of cultures that is the contemporary West Indian experience.|
|The Pope's Rhinoceros||Lawrence Norfolk||The search for the rhinoceros is the central theme of this story of adventure, enthralling it its scope, inventiveness and erudition.|
|Last Orders||Graham Swift||Last Orders is Graham Swift's poignant exploration of the complexity and courage of ordinary lives which contemplates human frailty and resilience.|
|The Englishman's Boy||Guy Vanderhaeghe||Vanderhaeghe deftly connects the old Canadian West with Hollywood in its most extravagant era, brilliantly weaving the two parallel narratives into a spellbinding novel.|
|The Land of Green Plums||Herta Muller||Through this novel set in Romania at the height of Ceausescu's reign of terror, we see the way the totalitarian state comes to inhabit every human realm, and how everyone must bend to their oppressors or resist and perish.|
|Last modified: February 27, 2000|