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Subject: ISO works translated into English
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:48 AM ET
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I realized earlier this AM that many of my favorite works were originaly written in another language and translated into English.  Some simply b/c of when they were written (Odyssey by Homer, Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Beowulf translated by Heany.) Most of the others are classics (Candide by Voltaire, Anna Karennina by Tolstoy, Don Quixote by Cervantes.)  I only have two contemporary authors that I read that are translated into English, Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Oh, I've also read Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon but his next translation is not due until Spring 2009.

Can anyone suggest other authors not writing in English that have been translated?

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:09 AM ET
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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival  was written in Spanish first. It's one of my favorite books. 

You may also want to try The Abruzzo Trilogy:( Fontamara, Bread and Wine, The Seed Beneath the Snow) by Ignazio Silone translated from Italian.



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 3:33 PM ET
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Dominique LaPierre.  He writes non-fiction in French and it is then translated.  Beautiful writer.  Five Past Midnight in Bhopal is a very good book.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:44 PM ET
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Doesn't Umberto Eco write in Italian?

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Umberto Eco

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 10:31 AM ET
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One of my all-time favorites was translated from French, I WHO HAVE NEVER KNOWN MEN - by Jacqueline Harpman

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 10:40 AM ET
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Thanks everyone  :  )  A few of these were on my lists.  Eco was on my RL  and Esquival is actually on my TBR.  You know your TBR is too big when you don't even know what's on it  ;  D

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:11 PM ET
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Irene Nemirovsky, Orhan Pamuk (and several author Nobel laureates)

A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua

The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

Here is a link to a list of best translations of 2007. PEN awards a translation prize. I remember the translation of Anna Karenina that Oprah used for her book club was a previous winner. Here is a link to the list of previous PEN winners.

 

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I was just posting about this book on another thread as it seems not many people have heard of it. It is such an intense, amazing read: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. This was translated from her native Italian. It's one of my favorite books.

jody 

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Elie Wiesel writes in French, and his wife translates his books into English.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 11:21 AM ET
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The Lover by Marguerite Duras (and other works, too. This is just my favorite)

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:49 PM ET
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and Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel Prizewinner for Literature in 1988, wrote his many novels in Arabic.

I suspect that Jose Saramago, the 1998 Nobelist, wrote in Portuguese.

Not a Nobelist, but the one that amuses me to think about is Anton Shamass, a Palestinian who wrote his novel, Arabesque, in "lyrical" Hebrew!

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 8:43 AM ET
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Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson is translated from Norwegian.  I'm adding it to my wishlist today. It's getting good reviews.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 9:34 AM ET
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nothing to see here lol



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Date Posted: 4/28/2008 5:56 PM ET
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Orhan Pamuk who writes in Turkish and Dai Sijie who writes in French.

Subject: we temporarily forgot Kundera
Date Posted: 4/28/2008 6:59 PM ET
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Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, etc.   I heard he became so curious as to whether his books were gracefully translated into French that he got busy and worked at becoming very fluent in French himself.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 8:46 AM ET
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A Manuscript of Ashes by Antonio Munoz Molina

Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.

Researching the life of an obscure poet, a student finds that the poet and his own uncle were in love with the same woman.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 12:09 AM ET
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Just finished BLINDESS by Jose Saramago - translated from Portughese - EXCELLENT book!

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 2:05 PM ET
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Thanks for all the the great suggestions.  I've added many of the titles to my library WL (as most seem to be WL titles here.)  Thanks again and please keep them coming  :  )



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Date Posted: 5/29/2008 3:03 PM ET
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cornelia funke's work is originally in german.  she writes young adult fantasy..._inkheart_ and _inkspell_ were amazing, and i'm anxiously waiting for _inkdeath_ which is due out soon!

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 12:29 AM ET
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Banana Yoshimoto is one of my favorites -- a Japanese writer. The translations are sparse and sometimes more poetic than concrete. My favorite of her books is Amrita.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Boris Akunin.  He has a couple mystery series originally written in Russian.  I've only read the Erast Fandoran books which I love.  I think the first one is The Winter Queen.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:48 PM ET
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The Count of Monte Cristo from the French!!!

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 3:38 PM ET
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A book that I recently got here at pbs os Snow by Orhan Pamuk.  It's translated from Turkish and the reviews are really favorable for it.  I haven't read it yet.  : )

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky translated from the French. I'm in the middle of this one right now, it's excellent.



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