Auckland Libraries: Top 10 books in translation

Top 10 books in translation

Enjoy this selection of translated works released in 2021, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100.

Heaven

Mieko Kawakami

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Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami's novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy chooses to suffer in complete resignation.

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I'll be strong for you

Nasīm Marʻashī

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Vividly capturing three very distinct voices, Iranian journalist Nasim Marashi's deeply wrought narrative lovingly brings these young women and their friendship to life in all their complexity.

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In memory of memory

Marii︠a︡ Stepanova

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Dipping into various genres - essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and history - Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers a bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

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My brilliant life

Ae-ran Kim

Book

My Brilliant Life interweaves the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the most difficult times.

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My heart

Semezdin Mehmedinović

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When a writer suffers a heart attack at the age of fifty, he must confront his mortality in a country that is not his native home. Confined to a hospital bed, he reflects on the fragility of life and finds extraordinary meaning in the quotidian.

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Slipping

Muḥammad Khayr

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Under mysterious circumstances, Seif, a struggling journalist, is introduced to a source for a new story: a former exile with an encyclopedic knowledge of the country's obscure, magical spaces.

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Voices of the lost

Hudá Barakāt

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Six strangers. Six letters. A chain of dark confessions, none of which reaches the intended recipient. The Night Post tells the story of characters living on the periphery, battling with devastating poverty, fighting their own demons.

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Whereabouts

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. In the arc of one year, an unnamed narrator in an unnamed city, in the middle of her life’s journey, realizes that she’s lost her way.

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The mad women's ball

Victoria Mas

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Dr Charcot holds all of Paris in thrall with his displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad, hysterics, and been cast out from society. But the truth is much more complicated...

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Hard like water

Lianke Yan

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Gao Aijun sees the beautiful Xia Hongmei walking barefoot alongside the railway track, and is instantly smitten. Hiding their relationship from their spouses, the pair hurl themselves into the struggle to bring revolution to their backwater village.

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