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The covers of the books featured in the list
The Best Books of 2022—And What We’re Looking Forward to in 2023
By Words Without Borders
Our staff, contributors, and board members share their favorite translated books of the year and the titles they’re looking forward to in 2023.
The covers of the books featured in the Watchlist
The Watchlist: November 2022
By Tobias Carroll
Tobias Carroll recommends exciting new books in translation from Denmark, Argentina, Palestine, Mexico, and Poland.
Portraits of Olga Ravn and Martin Aitken
Left: Olga Ravn, photo credit: Lærke Posselt; Right: Martin Aitken
The National Book Award Interviews: Olga Ravn & Martin Aitken
By Words Without Borders
“I think my task was less linguistic than it was a matter of representing the environment in my mind and sensing its moods emotionally, entering that strange atmosphere so it could seep through into the translation.”
The book covers of Policing the City, Scattered All Over the Earth, Palestine +100, The Way Spring...
The Watchlist: March 2022
By Tobias Carroll
Tobias Carroll recommends noteworthy new books translated from Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, and Japanese.
After Inger Christensen: Humans, Plants, and Planets in New Danish Poetry
By Katrine Øgaard Jensen
So what happens next in Danish translation?
Blue morning glories on a yellow background
Morning Glories by Suzuki Kiitsu. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Seymour Fund, 1954.
from “Everything Shimmers”
By Naja Marie Aidt
Danish poet Naja Aidt blends nature and myth in this freewheeling ode to a child.
Translated from Danish by Susanna Nied
from “Poems 2014”
By Theis Ørntoft
don’t remember how we ended up watching Rambo / but it was a disappointing experience.
Translated from Danish by Julia Cohen & Jens Bjerling
from “Third-Millennium Heart”
By Ursula Andkjær Olsen
I will remain unwritten.
Translated from Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen
Face (still life)
By Niels Lyngsø
What’s the deal with your face, Dad?
Translated from Danish by Gregory Pardlo
Father My Unborn Son
By Yahya Hassan
A Stone-Age hand a paperback Koran
Translated from Danish by Kuku Agami & Al Agami
The round table is the eye
By Sissal Kampmann
I suddenly notice/that I've vanished.
Translated from Faroese by Randi Ward
on the bed
By Vónbjørt Vang
The car you plan to make your escape in isn't registered
Translated from Faroese by Randi Ward
the expiration date
By Tóroddur Poulsen
i’m the same age / as this morning’s darkness
Translated from Faroese by Randi Ward
A Car Trip
By Naja Marie Aidt
After Nikolaj slams the car door shut they realize that Tobias isn't in the car.
Translated from Danish by Mark Kline
The Psychiatrist
By Duna Ghali
My new position gave me contact with refugees from various communities in Copenhagen.
Translated from Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins
It Could be Grass
By Helle Helle
So now we've begun packing. I've carried empty cardboard boxes home from the supermarket.
Translated from Danish by Mark Kline