Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lost in Translation

I have almost completed a challenge without even knowing it existed!

For Lost in Translation, you have to read six translated books in 2009. Way too easy! Here is what I've read so far this year:

City Sister Silver by Jáchym Topol (review to be posted tomorrow) (Czech)
Death in Spring by Mercè Rodoreda (Catalan)
The Exception by Christian Jungersen (Danish)
Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind (Austrian)
Rupert: A Confession by Ilja Pfeijffer (Dutch)

And, of course, I get ARC's from Open Letter Press, so I'm probably cheating. But I'm still signin' up!

Thanks Sandra!


Sandra said...

You didn't waste any time, you've joined already and I just got your comment. I love lit in translation too so this one was easy for me also. Glad you found it. happy reading.

Mrs. C said...

I'd need to dig through my synaptic file stores to see how many I've read, but I can tell you that the last book I finished, Steig Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, fits this category, and I loved it and I'm awaiting a download of his second in May with bated breath...

Larry said...

I'd consider it, but I tend to read books in their original languages whenever possible. But even so, I've surpassed that, it seems:

Thomas Bernhard, The Loser

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne

Zoran Živković, The Last Book

Ferenc Karinthy, Metropole (which I read thanks to your rec, of course)

Roland Topor, The Tenant

Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind

Alexandre Dumas, Georges

Yuri Andrukhoych, The Moscoviad

Zoran Živković, The Bridge

Jonathan Littell, The Kindly Ones

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Naguib Mahfouz, Voices from the Other World

Or was this challenge strictly for translated fiction published in English in 2009?

E. L. Fay said...

Larry - I think the challenge is just translated books period, but I get the impression that the other participants are leaning towards more contemporary stuff. Thanks for the list - finding great international literature can be difficult.

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