Recommendations: Translated Fiction

Hi guys, how are you today? Today I thought I would continue with my recommendations series by talking about some translated fiction. Now I haven’t actually read a whole load of translated fiction, but I have read five that I want to recommend to you. This last year I have been trying to read more diversely so I’ve been trying out a few books from a wide range of authors and I hope to read a whole lot more. With this post I am once again going to link each book to the Wordery site using my affiliate link (I get a small commission) so you can get your hands on these books if you want to. This is just a great way to support me, if you so wish. No pressure though – you don’t have to use the links. Anyway onto the books

 

War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy
Originally in Russian, this is a very well known and well loved classic. I read this earlier in the year and I absolutely loved it. The edition I read was translated by Anthony Briggs and is the Penguin Clothbound edition. It is definitely a lengthy book; one that you should set some time aside for but it is well worth it. Obviously I don’t know about other translations, but the one I read was very good. I absolutely adored this book. The writing is wonderful, the plot is engaging and the characters are extremely well written. Seriously the character studies in this book are so interesting. I will admit that the plot does drag a little in places, but stick with it. It is worth it in the end. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You can see more of my thoughts on this wonderful book here.

 

Out / Natsuo Kirino
Originally in Japanese, this is a very dark thriller. I very much enjoyed this book, as much as you can enjoy such a dark book. The best thing about this book, in my opinion, is the characters. They are incredibly well written, as well as being complex and flawed. The relationship between the four main woman is very interesting and I liked the way it developed throughout the book. The writing was easy to get into, the story is engaging and as mentioned the characters are great. Although I definitely questioned the motives of Masako at times, but that is a minor issue. I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the direction of the ending. Having said that, it wasn’t bad or anything. It just didn’t quite work for me. I can’t say much more without spoiling anything, so I’ll leave it at that. I have a full review which you can read here.

 

The Shape of the Water / Andrea Camilleri
Originally in Italian, this is the first book in the Inspector Montalbano series. The edition I read was translated by  Stephen Sartarelli. I first saw the TV show based on this series and I really enjoyed it. My mum is also a massive fan of this series, so it had been on my radar for quite some time. I finally picked the first book up last year and as expected I loved it. It is basically a crime/mystery series with a main character who adores food. I enjoy crime/mystery books and I love food, so for me it is a great mix :). I have also read the second book in this series and I loved it. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the books in this series. Such an enjoyable book.

 

Human Acts / Han Kang
Originally in Korean, this book is translated by Deborah Smith. It is a powerful and extremely important book. I have to admit it did take me a little while to get into the writing style, but I attribute that to Kang being a new author to me. Having said that, I ended up enjoying the way it is written. I found the book to be very interesting, as I had no prior knowledge of this part of Korean history. I don’t have a lot of things to say about this, other than I highly recommend it. As I read this on my kindle, the pictures provided are sourced from Goodreads.

 

The Three Musketeers  / Alexandre Dumas
Originally in French, this was my first book I read by this author. It is a mix of an adventure story and a love story. I am sure you have heard of the Three Musketeers, but maybe you hadn’t realised it was a book. I certainly didn’t, until a few years ago. I absolutely loved it. It is a very entertaining story with great characters and the writing is easy to get into. I know I have said it quite a few times now but I highly recommend this book :).

 

I will be doing another recommendation post all about translated fiction soon, so keep an eye out for that. I hope to try out a load more translated books in the future, as I haven’t actually read that many. Let me know if you have any recommendations for me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

16 thoughts on “Recommendations: Translated Fiction

  1. War and Peace is unexpectedly readable. You hear about it, see its size, and you just expect it to be a challenge to read. It’s totally not! Tolstoy’s writing in general is well suited to our generation of readers (rather than say, Austen, who you have to work at to read fluidly)! I enjoyed W&P, too (:

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    • I totally agree. It’s kind of set up on a pedestal and it seems so intimidating but as you say it isn’t. I hope to read Anna Karenina this year! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for these recommendations. I have been considering what “book in translation” to read for Jera’s Jamboree’s reading challenge and now I have some ideas (I already have The Three Musketeers but found it heavy going, having been attuned to the many film and TV versions – now I may make myself persevere). I like the idea of all the others you have recommended, too. I’ll bookmark this page!
    All the best 🙂

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