Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Here on Earth Summer Reading Without Borders List, 2011! 7/7

Poland: Stone Upon Stone by Wieslaw Mysliwski, (b. 1932 ) trans. from the Polish by Bill Johnston

Czech Republic: Dancing Lessons for the Advanced of Age by Bohumil Hrabal, (b. 1914 – d. 1997 ) trans. from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim

Portugal: The Land at the End of the World by Antonio Lobo Antunes (b. 1942) trans. from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

Spain: Never Any End to Paris by Enrique Vila-Matas (b. 1948), trans. from the Spanish by Anne McLean

France: Lightning by Jean Echenoz, (b. 1947) trans. from the French by Linda Coverdale

Swedish-Finnish novelist: Fair Play by Tove Jansson (b. 1914 – d.2001), translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal

Japan: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (b. 1964) , trans. from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich

Germany: Funeral for a Dog by Thomas Pletzinger, (b. 1975 ) trans. from the German by Benjamin Ross

Spain: Guadalajara by Quim Monzo, (b. 1952) trans. from the Catalan by Peter Bush

Russia: The Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin, (b. 1955 ) trans. from the Russian by Jamey Gambrill

Serbia Leeches by David Albahari, (b. 1948) trans. from the Serbian by Ellen Elias-Bursac

1 comment:

moonsword said...

May I also recommend:
Henning Mankell, who often praises his translators, is well known for his terrific Inspector Wallander series. He was just featured in a City Arts and Lectures program, discussing his books humanitarian work...if you get a chance to listen to it, please do, it's a very enjoyable interview. From the description:
"The program's guest is Henning Mankell, one of Scandinavia's most popular mystery writers. His 10-book series has been published in 33 countries, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and won numerous awards. The books have also been adapted many times for both film and television. Mankell is also the author of many plays, children's books and several novels for adults. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as the director of Teatro Avenida. Mankell is politically active, and recently participated in the May 2010 aid flotilla that tried to break the Israeli embargo of the Gaza strip. He is working on a television series about his father-in-law, the director Ingmar Bergman."
Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series...excellent books! From Wikipedia:
"In 1994 Camilleri published the first in a long series of novels: La forma dell'Acqua (The Shape of Water) featured the character of Inspector Montalbano, a fractious Sicilian detective in the police force of Vigàta, an imaginary Sicilian town. The series is written in Italian but with a substantial sprinkling of Sicilian phrases and grammar."