Over at Three Percent, the 2013 Best Translated Book Longlist has been announced. A great list! I will be updating this post throughout the day and the season to include links to reviews and whatever else seems appropriate.

  • The Planets, by Sergio Chejfec; Argentina; tr. from the Spanish by Heather Cleary (Open Letter Books)
  • Prehistoric Times, by Eric Chevillard; France; tr. from the French by Alyson Waters (Archipelago Books)
  • The Colonel, by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi; Iran; tr. from the Persian by Tom Patterdale (Melville House)
  • Atlas, by Dung Kai-Cheung; China; tr. from the Chinese by Anders Hansson & Bonnie S. McDougall (Columbia University Press)
  • Kite, by Dominique Eddé; Lebanon; tr. from the French by Ros Schwartz (Seagull Books)
  • We, the Children of Cats, by Tomoyuki Hoshino; Japan; tr. from the Japanese by Brian Bergstrom (PM Press)
  • The Map and the Territory, by Michel Houellebecq; France; tr. from the French by Gavin Bowd (Knopf)
  • Basti, by Intizar Husain; Pakistan; tr. from the Urdu by Frances W. Pritchett (NYRB Classics)
  • Mama Leone, by Miljenko Jergovic; Croatia; tr. from the Croatian by David William (Archipelago Books)
  • Awakening to the Great Sleep War, by Gert Jonke; Austria; tr. from the German by Jean M. Snook (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • My Struggle: Book One, by Karl Ove Knausgaard; Norway; tr. from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett (Archipelago Books)
  • Satantango, by László Krasznahorkai; Hungary; tr. from the Hugarian by George Szirtes (New Directions)
  • Autoportrait, by Edouard Levé; France; tr. from the French by Lorin Stein (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • A Breath of Life, by Clarice Lispector; Brazil; tr. from the Portuguese by Johnny Lorenz (New Directions)
  • The Lair, by Norman Manea; Romania; tr. from the Romanian by Oana Sanziana (Yale University Press)
  • The Hunger Angel, by Herta Müller; Romania; tr. from the German by Philip Boehm (Metropolitan Books)
  • Traveler of the Century, by Andrés Neuman; Argentina; tr. from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia (FSG)
  • Happy Moscow, by Andrey Plantonov; Russia; tr. from the Russian by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler (NYRB Classics)
  • With the Animals, by Noëlle Revaz; Switzerland; tr. from the French by Donald W. Wilson (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Maidenhair, by Mikhail Shishkin; Russia; tr. from the Russian by Marian Schwartz (Open Letter Books)
  • Joseph Walser’s Machine, by Gonçalo M. Tavares; Portugal; tr. from the Portuguese by Rhett McNeill (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Island of Second Sight, by Albert Vigoleis; Germany; tr. from the Germany by Donald O. White (Overlook)
  • Dublinesque, by Enrique Vila-Matas; Spain; tr. from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey and Anne McLean (New Directions)
  • Transit, by Abdourahman A. Waberi; Djibouti; tr. from the French by David Ball and Nicole Ball (Indiana University Press)
  • My Father’s Book, by Urs Widmer; Switzerland; tr. from the German by Donal McLaughlin (Seagull Books)

Now that I’ve had a moment to digest this large list, here are a few of the details.

  • This list comes from 19 countries (!) and 13 languages (including six from French).
  • The books come from 15 presses. Dalkey Archive has the most, with 4 titles on the list; New Directions and Archipelago both have 3.
  • There are only 4 women authors above: Eddé, Lispector, Müller, Revaz.
  • I have read six of the titles, and this is the first year that I can’t find one on the list that I don’t want to read (whether I’ll get to all 25 I don’t know).

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I will be spending some time editing this post to include book-specific information. Please feel free to send me links to include here (including your own reviews), whether by email or in a comment below.

The Planets, by Sergio Chejfec; Argentina; tr. from the Spanish by Heather Cleary

 

Prehistoric Times, by Eric Chevillard; France; tr. from the French by Alyson Waters

 

The Colonel, by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi; Iran; tr. from the Persian by Tom Patterdale

 

Atlas, by Dung Kai-Cheung; China; tr. from the Chinese by Anders Hansson & Bonnie S. McDougall

 

Kite, by Dominique Eddé; Lebanon; tr. from the French by Ros Schwartz

 

We, the Children of Cats, by Tomoyuki Hoshino; Japan; tr. from the Japanese by Brian Bergstrom

 

The Map and the Territory, by Michel Houellebecq; France; tr. from the French by Gavin Bowd

 

Basti, by Intizar Husain; Pakistan; tr. from the Urdu by Frances W. Pritchett

 

Mama Leone, by Miljenko Jergovic; Croatia; tr. from the Croatian by David William

 

Awakening to the Great Sleep War, by Gert Jonke; Austria; tr. from the German by Jean M. Snook

 

My Struggle: Book One, by Karl Ove Knausgaard; Norway; tr. from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

 

Satantango, by László Krasznahorkai; Hungary; tr. from the Hugarian by George Szirtes

 

Autoportrait, by Edouard Levé; France; tr. from the French by Lorin Stein

 

A Breath of Life, by Clarice Lispector; Brazil; tr. from the Portuguese by Johnny Lorenz

 

The Lair, by Norman Manea; Romania; tr. from the Romanian by Oana Sanziana

 

The Hunger Angel, by Herta Müller; Romania; tr. from the German by Philip Boehm

 

Traveler of the Century, by Andrés Neuman; Argentina; tr. from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia

 

Happy Moscow, by Andrey Plantonov; Russia; tr. from the Russian by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler

 

With the Animals, by Noëlle Revaz; Switzerland; tr. from the French by Donald W. Wilson

 

Maidenhair, by Mikhail Shishkin; Russia; tr. from the Russian by Marian Schwartz

 

Joseph Walser’s Machine, by Gonçalo M. Tavares; Portugal; tr. from the Portuguese by Rhett McNeill

 

Island of Second Sight, by Albert Vigoleis; Germany; tr. from the Germany by Donald O. White

 

Dublinesque, by Enrique Vila-Matas; Spain; tr. from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey and Anne McLean

 

Transit, by Abdourahman A. Waberi; Djibouti; tr. from the French by David Ball and Nicole Ball

 

My Father’s Book, by Urs Widmer; Switzerland; tr. from the German by Donal McLaughlin

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