Stoner ,stoner how many translations could be discovered like stoner

Well unless you’ve been under a rock for last couple of years .you won’t have missed the rise and rise of Stoner a slow climber a writer book it is said ,I enjoyed it but maybe not as much as others the style had the soft spoken style you find in a number of European writers ,this as I start considering a review of stoner , set me thinking of how many stoners are out there either translated and out of print or not even translated ? For me the answer is more than we imagine every year sees a few gems that have been waiting for a publisher to take a dive to translate or a publisher to reissue people like pushkin press , Peirene ,NYRB , Dalkey archive and twisted spoon have in recent years all discover gems Walser ,Zweig , Fallada , Vanderbeke to name a few of many .I’ve been buying and looking at books towards my century of translation project and am amazed what has been translated and fallen out of print .So let’s hope the next stoner is a translation and sets about a wave of rediscovery of lost writers from around the world ?
have you a writer in translation you think should be highlighted ?


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Guy Savage
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 21:27:48

    I wish that Diego Paszkowski book: Thesis on a Homicide would be translated


    • winstonsdad
      Dec 26, 2013 @ 21:35:37

      A quick flick on google tells me it has already been translated into French ,Italian and Portuguese also a film lets hope some picks him up so much great writing from Argentina last decade or two


  2. Bina
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 22:03:20

    Anna Weidenholzer’s Winter tut den Fischen gut for example. But it’s recent so maybw a translation is coming along. It’s a quiet book but I felt it was powerful all the same.


  3. Rise
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 01:58:15

    I’ve started reading new translations of two novels by Spanish writer Gabriel Miró. It’s great reading so far, but I think the books are not distributed widely.


  4. Lisa Hill
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 02:02:44

    It’s high time the entire Zola Rougon-Macquart cycle was given a new translation: Brian Nelson has done about half-a-dozen of them for OUP Classics, which just goes to show up how clearly the remaining ones should be done in a new translation.
    I’d also like to see a lot more translations from neglected corners of the globe: books from Asia other than China and Japan, books from Africa that more fully represent the diversity of the continent.


    • winstonsdad
      Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:08:06

      More from china is always a wish for me but maybe the books I want from china aren’t being written the dark urban books of these new mega cities would be great


  5. gaskella
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 10:59:25

    I’ve yet to read it, but do have a copy now. Not having my finger on the pulse of publishers of translations, I can’t think of any I’d like to see, however I know that all the specialist publishers are doing a great job in bringing us new and old novels in translation. (Gallic books is one I particularly like for contemporary French novels)


  6. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 11:00:30

    There are still plenty of obscure Russian authors that haven’t been translated much, or at all, or very well – I’d like to see more of them, and more readily available as a lot of translations are with hard-to-get or expensive university publishing houses.


    • winstonsdad
      Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:05:59

      I’m sure the Duckworth overlook series is coming soon they signed up to do a lot of new Russian translations a glance a Russian booker list show we are just touching tip of modern Russian lit here


      • kaggsysbookishramblings
        Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:24:13

        Yes, I did hear about that Overlook series, and thanks for reminding me – I must keep an eye on it. You’re quite right about how out of touch we are with modern Russian writing we are – there’s a very interesting documentary here:

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