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message 1: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments I've just seen on another group that August is going to be Women in Translation month (#womenintranslation). You can read more about it here: http://biblibio.blogspot.co.uk/
I thought it would be fun to share some good translated books by women that we have read.

I've just finished Sulphuric Acid by French author Amélie Nothomb. It's a dark satire about our obsession with reality TV and I thought it was very good.

For those that like historical fiction, I would recommend a book I read a few years ago and really enjoyed: The Seamstress by Spanish author María Dueñas (which also seems to be known as "The Time in Between")


message 2: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) This is great! I was hoping that after we finish African project we could do a women in translation project. :)


message 3: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments Ooh, good call Amanda!


message 4: by Kat (new)

Kat | 145 comments My favorite translated works by women in the past couple years have been Magda Szabo's The Door and the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante.


message 5: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments Kat wrote: "My favorite translated works by women in the past couple years have been Magda Szabo's The Door and the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante."

Good to know about The Door as I will be reading that this month with another group. I must get round to the Neapolitan novels - I've heard such good things about them.


message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) I've been wanting to read The Door forever. Which group are you reading it with Viv?


message 7: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments Amanda wrote: "I've been wanting to read The Door forever. Which group are you reading it with Viv?"

It's the Newest Literary Fiction group. We could add as a buddy read on spec fic too though, in case anyone there wanted to join in?


message 8: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) Ok that sounds good. I think I can sneak it in early I the month.


message 9: by Alexa (new)

Alexa (AlexaNC) | 1256 comments Mod
Oh yikes, I have no translated works on my reading calendar for August. I wonder if I can squeeze one in! I love the plan of making 2017 the year of reading women in translation! What an excellent plan!


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Alexa (AlexaNC) | 1256 comments Mod
Oh wait, I'm right now in the middle of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. That counts!


message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) Alexa I'm glad you like the idea for 2017. I'm super excited about it and hope others will be too if hat is what we decide to do.


message 12: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments Here's an excellent piece I found: https://www.englishpen.org/pen-atlas/women-writers-in-translation-to-read-right-now/
(yes, I have gotten very in to researching women in translation - have a look at my new "women-in-translation" shelf if you like :-))

I think Sphinx sounds like something that would be a great book to discuss: Garréta’s gender-bending and erotic Sphinx is a narrative which refuses to identify the sex of the two principle characters


message 13: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) Great list! Thanks for sharing.


message 14: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) Viv - check out Compartment No 6 for Women in Translation shelf. It was just released in the US today. I had preordered it. I think it looks fascinating.


message 15: by Alexa (new)

Alexa (AlexaNC) | 1256 comments Mod
I love all these resources! So wonderful! And thank you so much for sharing them!

Here's another great resource, compiled by Aubrey of the 500 Great Books by Women group: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 16: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments And another great resource, from the excellent Words Without Borders: Where are the Women in Translation? Here are 31 to Read Now


message 17: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments Upcoming books by women in translation: http://www.bookculture.com/blog/2016/09/12/upcoming-books-women-translation

Some of these sound awesome. I'm especially interested in Iza's Ballad as I loved The Door by the same author.


message 18: by Viv (new)

Viv JM | 97 comments In November 2017, the inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation will be awarded. This is definitely one I will look out for with interest! https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/womenintranslation


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