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Subject: Translated into English book recommendations.
Date Posted: 5/30/2012 10:28 PM ET
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I always have a hard time picking something in this catagory.  What books have you all be reading that have been translated into English?

Date Posted: 5/31/2012 11:38 AM ET
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A couple years ago, I read Les Miserables for this category. What a gift! It is truly one of the best books I've ever read.

For something shorter, I also recommend The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I adore this book: any portion can be read independently of the rest and savored.


Date Posted: 6/1/2012 2:44 PM ET
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I have Elegance of the Hedgehog on my TBR.  It is going to be my entry for that category.  I have to finish The Historian first.

Date Posted: 6/3/2012 3:15 PM ET
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I read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson for that category.  Any one in that trilogy with work.  Originally had The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad but decided I wanted to finish the trilogy..


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Date Posted: 6/7/2012 10:14 PM ET
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My fav in June has been FIREWALL by Henning Mankell. This is a Kurt Wallander mystery. I have read his Swedish mysteries in order and find them some of the best in a mystery series.From the inside cover, "FIREWALL, the latest book in Henning Mankell's critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling series, is a thrilling, police procedural about our increasing vulnerability in the modern digitized world."

If anyone is turned-off by translated books, forget it. I read lots of them and have never found a problem.

ALSO, I did not realize that some of my fav books are categorized as "police procedural." I just know what keeps my interest and what I enjoy

Mary S 

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 11:45 AM ET
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Oh thanks that just reminds me that I might have a swedish mystery that will work. I read the whole Dragon tatoo girl book a ways back.


Hey is it really contemporary fiction if you read a classic? 

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 11:47 AM ET
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Oh yes, I found this one on my TBR that I won from Richard in a swap

Echoes from the Dead :: Johan Theorin

translated from Swedish and contemporary!   Moving this one to the top of my TBR for AUG

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Date Posted: 7/8/2012 10:11 PM ET
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That was an EXCELLENT book Heather. I'm very partial to Scandinavian crime drama but it was one of the best. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2012 9:40 PM ET
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The Time In Between by Maria Duenas 

Date Posted: 8/15/2012 3:01 PM ET
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I love The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Date Posted: 8/27/2012 1:19 PM ET
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I just ordered a copy of Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe.   I just finished Unbroken and this book seemed interesting to me.  It is compared to Lord of the Flies.

Date Posted: 8/31/2012 1:08 PM ET
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I second Shadow of the Wind.  Even translated the writing is gorgeous.

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 7:27 PM ET
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Since reading The Waiting Years, by Fumiko Enchi, the leading woman novelist of Japan and a member of the Art Academy., several years ago, I have never forgotten  the story of Tomo.  Tomo's husband  is a minor bureaucrat in the Meiji period in Japan (1868-1912), an ugly, selfish man who persecutes her  unmercifully.  Ultimately, after a lifetime of torment, Tomo secures vengeance in a peculiarly Japanese way. 

Who would have thought that a Japanese woman novelist could have written a 'feminist' book so long ago?   There is an English language edition by Kodansha Publishing.   I recommend this book, unreservedly.

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Date Posted: 2/12/2013 6:06 PM ET
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2/12/13 - Elegance of the Hedgehog review is on the blog.