Foreign Language Books
Literature in Translation

Listed by original language. See also the world literature category.

Afrikaans
*The Expedition to the Baobab Tree (Wilma Stockenström)
- a slave woman survives a doomed expedition into the interior
Albanian
Arabic
Basque
Plants Don't Drink Coffee (Unai Elorriaga)
- intertwined stories about insects, rugby, love + carpentry
Bulgarian
Natural Novel (Georgi Gospodinov)
- a comedy in fragments
Chinese
Czech
Mendelssohn is on the Roof (Jiri Weil)
- a blackly comic tragedy about the Holocaust in Prague
*Notebooks from New Guinea (Vojtech Novotny)
Fieldnotes of a Tropical Biologist
War With the Newts (Karel Capek)
- sweeping science fiction satire
Danish
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (Peter Høeg)
- an atmospheric thriller set in Copenhagen and Greenland
Dutch
Egyptian
*Love Songs of the New Kingdom (John L. Foster)
- ancient Egyptian love poems
Estonian
French
Galician
In the Wilderness (Manuel Rivas)
- magic and the mundane in a Galician village
*Vermeer's Milkmaid (Manuel Rivas)
- superb Galician short stories
German
Gikuyu
Matigari (Ngugi wa Thiong'o)
- after independence, seeking truth and justice
Greek
The Argonautika (Apollonios Rhodios)
The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece
Farewell Anatolia (Dido Sotiriou)
- a panoramic tale of the end of Greek Asia Minor
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories (Robert B. Strassler)
- stupendously annotated and enhanced
Hebrew
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Javanese
*On Thrones of Gold (James R. Brandon)
Three Javanese Shadow Plays
Korean
Malayalam
*The Legends of Khasak (O.V. Vijayan)
- interwoven stories of life and death in a South Indian village
Norwegian
*Alberta and Jacob (Cora Sandel)
- coming of age in a small town in northern Norway
*Kristin Lavransdatter (Sigrid Undset)
- a family saga set in medieval Norway
Persian
Polish
Russian
Sanskrit
Much Ado About Religion (Bhatta Jayanta)
- a Sanskrit religious drama from 900 AD
Once the Buddha Was a Monkey: Jatakamala (Arya Sura)
- morality tales about lives of the Buddha
Serbo-Croatian
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
Vietnamese
Yiddish
*The Glatstein Chronicles (Jacob Glatstein)
- an American Yiddish poet visits Poland in 1934
Regrowth (Der Nister)
Seven Tales of Jewish Life Before, During, and After Nazi Occupation