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Fiction in Translation

Fiction in Translation

Here at Foyles we're big fans of translated literature—and there's never been a better time to discover the world of international writing. Critical and commercial attention has never been higher, with a focus not just on the author and book, but the art of the translator too. And in an increasingly connected world, we all benefit from reading other lives, other worlds—well, suffice to say it's a big part of our modus operandi, our raison d’être.

 

Brazilian Literature

We're taking a closer look at Brazilian fiction during November. Our resident Fiction in Translation aficionado, Gary Perry, introduces the selection below:

 

With Brazil so much in the news recently, an engagement with Brazilian fiction could not be more timely or more pertinent. The diversity and breadth of Brazilian writing is truly astonishing and one of the world's greatest treasures. Polyphonic, courageous, inventive, these are works that reveal the best of Brazil, while refusing to look away from the horrors that mark both its past and its present.

 

I Didn't Talk by Beatriz Bracher book jacketI Didn't Talk by Beatriz Bracher, translated by Adam Morris 

Suspected of having, under torture, betrayed his best friend, the narrator of I Didn't Talk is forced to reckon with the legacy of life under the Brazilian dictatorship. Newly retired, he organises his archive - notebooks from his teaching career, a manuscript of his brother's novel - and establishes a narrative world in which meaning is never stable, recollection never complete. A major writer in Brazil, Bracher isn't afraid to confront the darkest corners of her country's complex history.

 

 

 

 

 

The Collected Stories of Machado de AssisThe Collected Stories of Machado de Assis, translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Occasionally a publication comes along that feels like an event, a book that should immediately form part of every reader's library. This is one such book. Arguably responsible for putting Brazilian fiction on the map, Machado de Assis produced a diverse body of work, notable for its inventiveness. Whether you work your way from cover to cover or dip in at random points, this collection perfectly showcases his manifold talents.

Resistance by Julian Fuks book jacketResistance by Julián Fuks, translated by Daniel Hahn

"Dictatorships can come back, you should know that". These words uttered by the narrator's parents, themselves in flight from the military dictatorship that suffocated Argentina in the 70s and 80s, underline the urgency of Fuks' novel - a novel concerned with the tangibility of absence, with the place assumed by the disappeared and the absent in the lives of those who remain. An attempt by the narrator-author to approach the closed figure of his adoptive brother, Resistance made waves in Brazil and is the work of a rare talent.

 

 

 

 

Collected Stories of Clarice Lispector book jacketCollected Stories of Clarice Lispector

There is a story in this collection, Intimitation of a Rose, that is, I think, one of the finest ever composed. On the basis of that text alone, this book is essential and yet it is just one of many wonders contained within this volume. Lispector revolutionised Portuguese prose, in a way that is often compared to Woolf and Joyce on the development of English, and there really is no other writer quite like her. In the hands of Clarice Lispector, a sentence is an extraordinary and unpredictable thing.

Brazilian Fiction

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The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
(Paperback)
Martha Batalha; Eric B. Becker
£8.99
With My Dog-eyes: A Novel
(Paperback)
Hilda Hilst
£9.99
A Cup of Rage
(Paperback)
Raduan Nassar; Stefan Tobler
£5.99
Her Mother's Mother's Mother And Her...
(Paperback)
Maria Jose Silveira; Eric M. B. Becker
£14.99
The End
(Paperback)
Alison Entrekin
£9.99
Diary of the Fall
(Paperback)
Michel Laub; Margaret Jull Costa
£8.99
The Shape of Bones
(Hardback)
Daniel Galera; Alison Entrekin
£12.99
My German Brother
(Hardback)
Chico Buarque; Alison Entrekin
£14.99
I Didn't Talk
(Paperback)
Beatriz Bracher; Adam Morris
£11.99
Resistance
(Paperback)
Julian Fuks; Trans. Daniel Hahn
£12.99
The Collected Stories of Machado de...
(Hardback)
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis;...
£27.99
Complete Stories
(Paperback)
Clarice Lispector
£14.99
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
(Paperback)
Martha Batalha; Eric B. Becker
£8.99
With My Dog-eyes: A Novel
(Paperback)
Hilda Hilst
£9.99
A Cup of Rage
(Paperback)
Raduan Nassar; Stefan Tobler
£5.99
Her Mother's Mother's Mother And Her...
(Paperback)
Maria Jose Silveira; Eric M. B. Becker
£14.99
The End
(Paperback)
Alison Entrekin
£9.99
Diary of the Fall
(Paperback)
Michel Laub; Margaret Jull Costa
£8.99
The Shape of Bones
(Hardback)
Daniel Galera; Alison Entrekin
£12.99
My German Brother
(Hardback)
Chico Buarque; Alison Entrekin
£14.99
I Didn't Talk
(Paperback)
Beatriz Bracher; Adam Morris
£11.99
Resistance
(Paperback)
Julian Fuks; Trans. Daniel Hahn
£12.99
The Collected Stories of Machado de...
(Hardback)
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis;...
£27.99
Complete Stories
(Paperback)
Clarice Lispector
£14.99

Italian Fiction

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The Piranhas
(Hardback)
Roberto Saviano; Antony Shugaar
£14.99
Malacqua
(Paperback)
Nicola Pugliese; Shaun Whiteside
£10.00
The Days Of Abandonment
(Paperback)
Elena Ferrante
£9.99
Ernesto
(Paperback)
Umberto Saba; Mark Thompson
£10.00
The Experience of Pain
(Paperback)
Carlo Emilio Gadda
£12.99
The Art of Joy
(Paperback)
Goliarda Sapienza; Anne Milano Appel
£12.99
The Tartar Steppe
(Paperback)
Dino Buzzati; Tim Parks; Stuart C. Hood
£9.99
The Beautiful Summer
(Paperback)
Cesare Pavese
£7.99
Family Lexicon
(Paperback)
Natalia Ginzburg
£9.99
The Communist
(Paperback)
Elizabeth McKenzie; Frederika ...
£10.99
Can you hear me?
(Paperback)
Elena Varvello; Alex Valente
£8.99
The Piranhas
(Hardback)
Roberto Saviano; Antony Shugaar
£14.99
Malacqua
(Paperback)
Nicola Pugliese; Shaun Whiteside
£10.00
The Days Of Abandonment
(Paperback)
Elena Ferrante
£9.99
Ernesto
(Paperback)
Umberto Saba; Mark Thompson
£10.00
The Experience of Pain
(Paperback)
Carlo Emilio Gadda
£12.99
The Art of Joy
(Paperback)
Goliarda Sapienza; Anne Milano Appel
£12.99
The Tartar Steppe
(Paperback)
Dino Buzzati; Tim Parks; Stuart C. Hood
£9.99
The Beautiful Summer
(Paperback)
Cesare Pavese
£7.99
Family Lexicon
(Paperback)
Natalia Ginzburg
£9.99
The Communist
(Paperback)
Elizabeth McKenzie; Frederika ...
£10.99
Can you hear me?
(Paperback)
Elena Varvello; Alex Valente
£8.99

Japanese Fiction

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The Penguin Book of Japanese Short...
(Hardback)
Jay Rubin; Haruki Murakami
£25.00
Men Without Women: Stories
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel; Ted...
£8.99
Record of a Night Too Brief
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Lucy North
£7.99
A Cat, A Man, And Two Women
(Paperback)
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
£9.99
The Housekeeper and the Professor
(Paperback)
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
£8.99
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
(Paperback)
Hiro Arikawa; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Convenience Store Woman
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
£12.99
Kitchen
(Paperback)
Banana Yoshimoto
£7.99
The Last Children of Tokyo
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Margaret Mitsutani
£9.99
Territory of Light
(Paperback)
Yuko Tsushima
£9.99
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short...
(Hardback)
Jay Rubin; Haruki Murakami
£25.00
Men Without Women: Stories
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel; Ted...
£8.99
Record of a Night Too Brief
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Lucy North
£7.99
A Cat, A Man, And Two Women
(Paperback)
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
£9.99
The Housekeeper and the Professor
(Paperback)
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
£8.99
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
(Paperback)
Hiro Arikawa; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Convenience Store Woman
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
£12.99
Kitchen
(Paperback)
Banana Yoshimoto
£7.99
The Last Children of Tokyo
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Margaret Mitsutani
£9.99
Territory of Light
(Paperback)
Yuko Tsushima
£9.99

Recommended Fiction in Translation

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The Iliac Crest
(Paperback)
Cristina Rivera-Garza; Sarah Booker
£8.99
The Beautiful Summer
(Paperback)
Cesare Pavese
£7.99
Insane
(Paperback)
Rainald Goetz; Adrian Nathan West
£12.99
For Two Thousand Years
(Paperback)
Mihail Sebastian
£9.99
The House with the Stained-Glass Window
(Paperback)
Zanna Sloniowska; Antonia Lloyd Jones
£12.99
The Guest Cat
(Paperback)
Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
£7.99
Kingdom Cons
(Paperback)
Yuri Herrera; Lisa Dillman
£8.99
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
Swallowing Mercury
(Paperback)
Wioletta Greg; Eliza Marciniak; Eliza...
£8.99
Die, My Love
(Paperback)
Ariana Harwicz; Sarah Moses; Carolina...
£9.99
Eve Out of Her Ruins
(Paperback)
Ananda Devi; Cecile Menon; Angeline...
£9.99
The End of Days
(Paperback)
Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
My Brilliant Friend
(Paperback)
Elena Ferrante
£12.99
The Nakano Thrift Shop
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
Strange Weather in Tokyo
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
The Vegetarian: A Novel
(Paperback)
Han Kang; Deborah Smith
£8.99
Seiobo There Below
(Paperback)
Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Ottilie Mulzet
£8.99
The End of Eddy
(Paperback)
Edouard Louis; Michael Lucey
£8.99
Fever Dream: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN...
(Paperback)
Samanta Schweblin; Megan McDowell
£7.99
Flights
(Paperback)
Olga Tokarczuk; Jennifer Croft
£12.99
Death in Spring
(Paperback)
Merce Rodoreda
£8.99
The Ice Palace
(Paperback)
Tarjei Vesaas; Elizabeth Rokkan
£7.99
Estoril
(Hardback)
Dejan Tiago-Stankovic; Christina...
£12.99
Abandon
(Paperback)
Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
£8.99
Banthology: Seven Stories from Seven...
(Paperback)
Rania Mamoun; Wajdi Al-Anoud; Najwa...
£9.99
Black Moses: Longlisted for the...
(Paperback)
Alain Mabanckou; Helen Stevenson
£8.99
The Three-Body Problem
(Paperback)
Cixin Liu; Ken Liu
£8.99
Death
(Paperback)
Anna Croissant-Rust; James J. Conway
£9.99
Bricks and Mortar
(Paperback)
Clemens Meyer; Katy Derbyshire
£14.99
One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at...
(Paperback)
Roland Schimmelpfennig; Jamie Bulloch
£12.99
Go, Went, Gone
(Paperback)
Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
The Iliac Crest
(Paperback)
Cristina Rivera-Garza; Sarah Booker
£8.99
The Beautiful Summer
(Paperback)
Cesare Pavese
£7.99
Insane
(Paperback)
Rainald Goetz; Adrian Nathan West
£12.99
For Two Thousand Years
(Paperback)
Mihail Sebastian
£9.99
The House with the Stained-Glass Window
(Paperback)
Zanna Sloniowska; Antonia Lloyd Jones
£12.99
The Guest Cat
(Paperback)
Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
£7.99
Kingdom Cons
(Paperback)
Yuri Herrera; Lisa Dillman
£8.99
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
Swallowing Mercury
(Paperback)
Wioletta Greg; Eliza Marciniak; Eliza...
£8.99
Die, My Love
(Paperback)
Ariana Harwicz; Sarah Moses; Carolina...
£9.99
Eve Out of Her Ruins
(Paperback)
Ananda Devi; Cecile Menon; Angeline...
£9.99
The End of Days
(Paperback)
Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99
My Brilliant Friend
(Paperback)
Elena Ferrante
£12.99
The Nakano Thrift Shop
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
Strange Weather in Tokyo
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£7.99
The Vegetarian: A Novel
(Paperback)
Han Kang; Deborah Smith
£8.99
Seiobo There Below
(Paperback)
Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Ottilie Mulzet
£8.99
The End of Eddy
(Paperback)
Edouard Louis; Michael Lucey
£8.99
Fever Dream: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN...
(Paperback)
Samanta Schweblin; Megan McDowell
£7.99
Flights
(Paperback)
Olga Tokarczuk; Jennifer Croft
£12.99
Death in Spring
(Paperback)
Merce Rodoreda
£8.99
The Ice Palace
(Paperback)
Tarjei Vesaas; Elizabeth Rokkan
£7.99
Estoril
(Hardback)
Dejan Tiago-Stankovic; Christina...
£12.99
Abandon
(Paperback)
Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
£8.99
Banthology: Seven Stories from Seven...
(Paperback)
Rania Mamoun; Wajdi Al-Anoud; Najwa...
£9.99
Black Moses: Longlisted for the...
(Paperback)
Alain Mabanckou; Helen Stevenson
£8.99
The Three-Body Problem
(Paperback)
Cixin Liu; Ken Liu
£8.99
Death
(Paperback)
Anna Croissant-Rust; James J. Conway
£9.99
Bricks and Mortar
(Paperback)
Clemens Meyer; Katy Derbyshire
£14.99
One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at...
(Paperback)
Roland Schimmelpfennig; Jamie Bulloch
£12.99
Go, Went, Gone
(Paperback)
Jenny Erpenbeck; Susan Bernofsky
£8.99

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