Women in Translation

World literature written by women, translated into English
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832 books · 258 voters · list created July 23rd, 2015 by Marthine (votes) .
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message 1: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I'm pretty sure Our Sister Killjoy was originally written in English.


message 2: by Marthine (new)

Marthine M. L. wrote: "I'm pretty sure Our Sister Killjoy was originally written in English."

Indeed, I think yr right! A user with goodreads librarian status can remove it for the list. I don't have that, unfortunately.


message 3: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I can remove it. I dug out a copy and there's no mention of a translator -- I just wasn't initially so sure. :)


message 4: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 22, 2015 03:20AM) (new)

BookLovingLady I've changed the GR profile of I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, as the book was originally written in French, not in English. I originally removed the book, as the GR profile stated an English title as the original... Sorry :-(

Lovely list by the way. I've added heaps of books I own, all written by women, and although I've added English titles, in the 'Why you added this book' section I've added the language the book was originally written in.


message 5: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Marthine wrote: "M. L. wrote: "I'm pretty sure Our Sister Killjoy was originally written in English."

Indeed, I think yr right! A user with goodreads librarian status can remove it for the list. I don't have that,..."


Love this list Marthine.


message 6: by Sanne (new)

Sanne Love this list! I've found so many new books to read here.

I see Americanah by Adichie is in the list as well, but Adichie only writes in English, right?


message 7: by BookLovingLady (last edited Mar 11, 2016 03:15AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Sanne wrote: "I see Americanah by Adichie is in the list as well, but Adichie only writes in English, right?"

She was a Booker Prize nominee with Purple Hibiscus and as far as I know, Americanah was written in English as well, so it shouldn't be on this list.


message 8: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Is someone ever going to explain to me why calling nonfiction 'literature' is acceptable? All it does is deny realities for the sake of an audience's entertainment, especially when it comes to autobiography and memoirs.


message 9: by Maria Hill (new)

Maria Hill AKA MH Books Booklovinglady wrote: "Sanne wrote: "I see Americanah by Adichie is in the list as well, but Adichie only writes in English, right?"

She was a Booker Prize nominee with Purple Hibiscus an..."


Yes, English is the primary language of Nigeria - it says it in Americanah if you read it!


message 10: by Maria Hill (new)

Maria Hill AKA MH Books For goodness sake Room has been listed. Why would anyone think that was translated into English?


message 11: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Maria wrote: "For goodness sake Room has been listed. Why would anyone think that was translated into English?"

I've removed Room, as you're absolutely right. I've also removed The God of Small Things as that too was originally written in English.


message 12: by Maria Hill (new)

Maria Hill AKA MH Books I really like Room though. It's on my list of best Irish Authors (though Emma lives in Canada now). Never picked up on a God of Small things .


message 13: by BookLovingLady (last edited Oct 16, 2016 10:03AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Maria wrote: "I really like Room though. It's on my list of best Irish Authors (though Emma lives in Canada now). Never picked up on a God of Small things ."

I've read both. You really should try The God of Small Things, as it's marvellous, in my opinion (a friend of mine recommend it to me). It's completely different from Room though, so if you're looking for something similar you'll be disappointed.


message 14: by Maria Hill (new)

Maria Hill AKA MH Books Booklovinglady wrote: "Maria wrote: "I really like Room though. It's on my list of best Irish Authors (though Emma lives in Canada now). Never picked up on a God of Small things ."

I've read both. You really should try ..."


That's good to know. I have it in paperback ready to read amongst quite a few others (I buy them when they are on special in the bookshops). So I will get around to it someday soon I hope. As it happens I am currently reading Emma Donoghue's latest The Wonder . Too early to say if it's any good yet.


message 15: by JenniferD (last edited May 21, 2018 09:49AM) (new)

JenniferD i removed:

∙ rainbow rowell's Fangirl, as it was originally published in english.
The Story of Beautiful Girl, by rachel simon - also originally published in english.


message 16: by Rita (new)

Rita Gould Should Gilgamesh be here?


message 17: by Rita (new)

Rita Gould My Sister the Serial Killer is written in English.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Where on the list are they? (Makes removing them a lot easier.)


message 19: by Sanne (new)

Sanne My sister the serial killer is no 689
Gilgamesh is no. 734

In the Time of the Butterflies (no 407) is also originally in English

לא רחוק ממרכז העיר (no 421) has no English edition on Goodreads, so does it even qualify for this list?
Same for Saari : pienoisromaani (no 462)

Also: The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night with an anonymous author??? no. 462. same category as the Gilgamesh?


message 20: by Hannah (new)

Hannah My sister the serial killer 299 and pachinko 195 were originally written in English


message 21: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Hannah wrote: "My sister the serial killer 299 and pachinko 195 were originally written in English"

I've removed both of them.


message 22: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jan 06, 2021 09:55PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Sanne wrote: "The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night with an anonymous author??? no. 462. same category as the Gilgamesh?..."

As far as I know, both Gilgamesh and Thousand and One Nights weren't written in English originally.


message 23: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jan 08, 2021 08:23PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Gilgamesh couldn't have been written in English; it's one of the oldest literary works in existence (c. 1800 BC).

ETA: Yes, the stories from The Arabian Nights were written in Arabic or Persian.


message 24: by Camelia Rose (new)

Camelia Rose I removed Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo, which was originally written in English. Xiaolu Guo is a bilingual writer. Her early works were indeed written in Chinese, but not Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth.


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