Tag Archives: Fiction In Translation

The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura

The Woman in the Purple Skirt, recently translated from Japanese, is one of the more memorable psychological novels I have read in a while. In it, the narrator, the Woman in the Yellow Cardigan, is always watching the titular Woman in the Purple Skirt. At first, I didn’t see anything unseemingly about this since the […]

My Grandmother’s Braid by Alina Bronsky

I picked up My Grandmother’s Braid because its synopsis reminded me of Donatella Di Pietrantonio’s A Girl Returned. Both novels feature children in precarious situations due to no fault of their own, and I have a soft spot for such stories. While I didn’t end up loving My Grandmother’s Braid as much as A Girl Returned […]

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

Out of all the International Booker Prize shortlisted novels I’ve read, The Memory Police is one of my favorites by far! Admittedly, this had to stay in my TBR pile for a while before I got to it – I have not been in the right head-space to read a dystopian. However, when I finally […]

The Garden of Monsters by Lorenza Pieri

The Garden of Monsters, set in the Maremma region of Southern Tuscany, is the story of two families connected through business. Sauro Biagini, known as the King in his small town, is an ambitious rancher after prominence. When Sauro goes into business with Filippo Sanfilippi, an affluent politician from Rome, he hopes Filippo’s influence will […]

Billie by Anna Gavalda

This is my second Anna Gavalda novella. 🙂 Billie begins inside a crevice at the Cévennes Mountains National Park. Billie, the titular character, and Franck had been hiking when they fell into it just before nightfall. Franck is badly hurt, and there’s no cell phone reception in the area, so when he loses consciousness, Billie […]

The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde

Dystopia used to be a genre which I tended to avoid in general. But after reading We Are the Weather last month, which inspired me to take stock of my eating habits, I thought adding post-apocalyptic novels into my reading diet might further help push me in the direction of going vegan! The End of the Ocean which was […]

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Celestial Bodies, which is the first book to win the Booker International Prize from the Gulf region, was my first glimpse into life in Oman. It showed me a bit of its history and the transformation it has undergone during the latter half of the 20th century, which I knew very little of before. The […]

A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio

This is my second five-star read this year! In A Girl Returned, we have an unnamed thirteen-year-old who finds herself unceremoniously dumped among a family of impoverished strangers in a remote town in Italy. Up until this point, the girl’s life has been going pretty swell. She had lived in a gorgeous house by the […]

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Instead of a stable truth, I choose unstable possibilities. This is my eighteenth Murakami if you can believe it! 🙂 I went through most of Murakami’s oeuvre back in 2012-2014, so it has been a while since I last devoured one of his works. After all these years, I’m still amazed at how I’ve become […]

The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami

I read Hiromi Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo many moons ago, and that was quite a curious read. Even though it didn’t contain as many elements of magical realism as Haruki Murakami’s novels (I love Murakami’s works, despite not being the biggest fan of the genre), Strange Weather in Tokyo ventured into the realm of […]

The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih

I’ve been fond of reading for as long as I can remember, but I only started reading translated fiction roughly a decade ago. Not a lot of books get translated to Sinhala, my native tongue, so I wasn’t able to access most of the translated works until I improved my English reading fluency. And now, […]

French Leave by Anna Gavalda

I know it was just the other day while reviewing The White Book that I mentioned I was never the one to wish for a sibling while growing up. As an only child, my childhood was a blast, and I loved (LOVE!) being the center of my parents’ universe. So I never had much time […]

Theory of Shadows by Paolo Maurensig

I was an enthusiastic chess player back when I was in high school. Those days I was living and breathing chess, and although it has been a while since I last played chess, I was thrilled to get my hands on Theory of Shadows, a novel based on Alexander Alekhine who became the World Chess […]

Sacred Darkness by Levan Berdzenishvili

Sacred Darkness, Levan Berdzenishvili’s semi-autobiographical novel begins at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. Levan is a Georgian-Soviet politician who had landed in the hospital en route to Cancun, Mexico due to an infection, and after learning that Levan had been a prisoner in Soviet Gulag in the 1980s, his attending physician agrees to treat […]

Little Culinary Triumphs by Pascale Pujol

I’m glad I chose Little Culinary Triumphs to start my new reading year. Set in Montmartre, it’s a stellar novel both well-written and absorbing! The story’s protagonist is Sandrine Cordier, a civil servant who loves cooking. Sandrine’s childhood dream had been to open up her own restaurant. But with two grandmothers who had spent their […]