Well I was lucky enough to be asked to name five but actually got ten books for Booktrust Translated fiction Blog so if you click over there .You can see my main choices ,but here are some others .
Honourable mentions for fiction -
When picking the books for the Translated fiction list I tried to stick with certain places and countries thus two books I loved I didn’t mention there they are –
The flying creatures of Fra Angelico by Antonio Tabucchi -a clever collection of quirky stories and fictional letters from the late Italian writer .
Azazeel By Youssef Ziedan – A Coptic monk struggles with his consciousness as he works on some scripts in 5th century Egypt .
Best non fiction in translation –
A journey to Nowhere by Jean Paul Kaufmann -A man journey to Latvia to discover the long-lost country of Courland a small but important country in its time .
Honorable mention – brother mendels perfect horse by Frank westermann
Best memoir in translation –
The Patagonian Hare by Claude Lanzmann Editor of Les Temps Modernes Sartre’s famous lit mag ,resistance fighter in world war two, oh and he made the film Shoah as well .
Honourable mention fictional memoir – A Death in the Family By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Well that’s my year .