Top 50 books in translation since 2000

Well everyone has seen or heard about the rather translation light Guardian 100 books since 2000 wel I m doing a list of books from 2000 most I have reviewed since the blog but others I read before the blog.This is a personal list in reply to the Guardian list and reflects my own tastes in translated fiction.

  1. Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
  2. Compass by Mathias Enard
  3. parallel stories by Peter Nadas
  4. Stones in a landslide by Maria Barbal
  5. The coming by Andrej Nikoladis
  6. Trieste by Dasa Drndric
  7. Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald
  8. Satantango by Laszlo Krasznarhorkai
  9. Traveller of the century by Andres Neumann
  10. By night the mountains burn by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel
  11. The anatomy of a moment by Javier Cercas
  12. The briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami
  13. A death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  14. Panorama by Dustan Sarotar
  15. The tower by Uwe Tellkamp
  16. Heaven and Hell by Jon kalman Stefansson
  17. Revulsion in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya
  18. Beside the sea by Veronique Olmi
  19. Colourless Tsukuru Tazakiand his years of pilgimage by Haruki Murkami
  20. Bilbao – New york – Bilbao by Kirmen Uribe
  21. River by Esther Kinsky
  22. The carpenter pencil by Manuel Rivas
  23. The book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agulusa
  24. The mirror of Beauty by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
  25. Where tigers are at home by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès
  26. Dublinesque by Enrique Vila matas
  27. Martutene by Ramon Saizarbitoria
  28. Memoirs of a Porcupine by Alain Mabanckou
  29. The whispering Muse by Sjon
  30. White book by Han Kang
  31. Windows on the world by Frederic Beigbeder
  32. The sermon on the fall of Rome by jerome Ferrari
  33. Azazeel By Youssef Ziedan
  34. Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer
  35. Resistance by Julian Fuks
  36. Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
  37.  Harraga by Boualem Sansal
  38. Shtetl love song by Grigory kanovich
  39. Kamchatka by Marcelo Figureas
  40. The dirty dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain
  41. Mrs Sartrois by Elke Schmitter
  42. Goodbye, bird by Aram Pachyan
  43. New Finnish Grammar by Diego marani
  44. Fireflies by Luis Sagasti
  45. The corpse washer by Sinan Antoon
  46. Love/war by  Ebba Witt-Brattström
  47. The Years by Anne Ernaux
  48. To the end of the land by David Grossman
  49. Blindly by Claudio Magris
  50. I will mention a few of huge books Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi,  Bottoms dream by Arno schmidt and Stalingrad by Vasily Grossmann

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sylvie444
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 18:08:33

    Thank you for your list of translated books.


  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 18:37:09

    That’s quite a list Stu. Really, the Guardian one was very silly.


  3. BookerTalk
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 20:55:33

    What a fantastic resource this is Stu. Lots of names I have still to read


  4. Lisa Hill
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 23:25:15

    What a wonderful resource! I’m going to make a Goodreads list (linking back to you here, of course) so that I can tick off the ones I read as I do them.
    I have already read some, from your recommendations, of course. They are:
    The Savage Detectives; Trieste; Rings of Saturn; Traveller of the Century (my favourite of all of these); The Briefcase; A Death in the Family (hmm, you know what I think about Knausgaard!!); Beside the Sea; The Mirror of Beauty; Dublinesque; New Finnish Grammar and Stalingrad. I have some of the others on the TBR and my wishlist as well.
    It occurs to me that there are few other readers in the world who could come up with a list like this. If The Guardian had any sense, they’d have interviewed you for their article!


  5. TravellinPenguin
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 23:41:40

    This is a wonderful list. You are probably the best advocate going for translated fiction. 🤠🐧


  6. Lisa Hill
    Sep 22, 2019 @ 23:55:21

    PS here’s the list at Goodreads, let me know if you want me to change anything.


  7. Reese Warner
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 01:21:13

    A very cool list. All the more so because your #1 & #2 might very well be my #1 & #2. This gives me a lot of things to look at…


  8. Nish
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 09:52:04

    Ouch! I am aware that I don’t read much translated fiction. But I haven’t read even a single one on this list 😦


  9. Lee Monks
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 08:29:36

    Fantastic list, Stu. Love that #1 as well….


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