3 New Modern International Classics Found in Translation
One of the advantages of being a polyglot is the ability to absorb the literature of a host of different nations and cultures. Those of us who are stuck with (or best at) English, however, sometimes miss out on the best of what the rest of the world has to offer. Translation is a seriously difficult art and requires a deep relationship with the text to be able to transform idiom and cultural concepts into something that still preserves their spirit. At its best, though, it helps us connect to people all around the globe. The three new novels in this week’s book club are great examples of literature, feted in their native countries, that have been all but unknown elsewhere — until now. Catch up on your global lit and give them a read.