Auckland Libraries: Top 10 in translation

Top 10 in translation

A selection of top 10 books in translation, as curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

A delayed life

Dita Kraus

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The true story of the subject of Antonio Iturbe's novel, The Librarian of Auschwitz. Dita Kraus writes unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of Nazi prison camps and her role as librarian of the books prisoners managed to smuggle past the guards.

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A long petal of the sea

Isabel Allende

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Given an opportunity to seek refuge from the Spanish Civil War, Victor Dalmau and his sister-in-law, Roser Bruguera board a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas.

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Hurricane season

Fernanda Melchor

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The Witch is dead. The discovery of her corpse - by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals - propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred.

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Kim Jiyoung, born 1982

Nam-ju Cho

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Ms Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the life story of one South Korean woman born at the end of the twentieth century. This worldwide sensation raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression which are relevant to all.

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Little eyes

Samanta Schweblin

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They've infiltrated homes in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, the streets of Sierra Leone, schools in Tel Aviv, bedrooms in Indiana. They're not pets, nor ghosts, nor robots. These people are completely anonymous, unknown, untraceable.

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Tender is the flesh

Agustina María Bazterrica

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It all happened so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus and their meat became poisonous. Now, ‘special meat’ - human meat - is legal. Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans, only no one calls them that.

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The gilded cage

Camilla Läckberg

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People would kill to have Faye Adelheim's life. Faye's life is perfect. So how is it, then, that she now finds herself in a police station? The truth is that Faye's life is far from what it seems. The truth is that Faye isn't even her real name.

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The law of lines

Hye-yŏng P'yŏn

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Se-oh, returns from an errand to find her father's home in flames. Gijeong, a high school teacher, receives a call alerting her to the suicide of her half-sister. One of the contacts in her sister's call log is Se-oh.

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Wild swims

Dorthe Nors

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In this new collection, the acclaimed Danish writer Dorthe Nors creates a series of intimate, psychologically acute portraits of individuals in states of emotional crisis.

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On time and water

Andri Snaer Magnason

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Icelandic author and activist Andri Snaer Magnason writes of the melting glaciers, the rising seas and acidity changes that haven't been seen for 50 million years. These are changes that will affect all life on earth.

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