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The covers of the ten books featured in the gift guide
Your 2022 Holiday Gift Guide to Reading in Translation
By Isabella Corletto
Ten recent books in translation that the readers in your life are sure to enjoy this holiday season.
The covers of all the books featured in the list
12 Global Children’s Books for History Lovers
By Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
In celebration of #WorldKidLitMonth, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp recommends 12 international books for young readers with an interest in world history.
July 2022 Poetry Collection Feature
8 Poetry Collections in Translation to Read in 2022
By Words Without Borders
Recent and forthcoming poetry in translation from Mexico, South Korea, Croatia, Haiti, and more.
The Watchlist: January 2022
By Tobias Carroll
Tobias Carroll recommends exciting new books in translation from Mexico, Norway, Haiti, Argentina, and Japan.
The Watchlist: December 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Tobias Carroll recommends exciting new books translated from Maltese, Mè’phàà, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Greek.
The Best Translated Books of 2021
By Words Without Borders
As the year comes to an end, our staff, contributors, and board members look back on their favorite international reads from 2021.Eric M. B. BeckerEditorOne of my most thought-provoking reads…
The Watchlist: November 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books translated…
The Watchlist: October 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books translated…
The Watchlist: September 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books translated…
The Watchlist: August 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This special #WITMonth selection includes books by women translated…
The Watchlist: July 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books translated from…
The Watchlist: June 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes translated books from Haiti,…
The Watchlist: May 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books translated from…
The Watchlist: April 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books translated from…
The Watchlist: March 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes translated books from…
The Watchlist: February 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. February's selection includes books translated from…
The Watchlist: January 2021
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. January's selection includes books translated from Danish,…
The Watchlist: December 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Tilted Axis Press | Strange Beasts of China by…
The Watchlist: November 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Comma Press | God 99 by Hassan Blasim, translated…
The Watchlist: October 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Valancourt Books | The Valancourt Book of World…
The Watchlist: September 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Open Letter Books | The Clerk by Guillermo Saccomanno,…
The Watchlist: August 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Seven Stories Press | Bezoar: And Other Unsettling…
The Watchlist: July 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Open Letter Books | This Could Have Become Ramayan…
10 Translated Books from India to Read Now
By Arunava Sinha
Both list-makers and editors seem to forget that India is in fact a country with 20,000 tongues, which are variations of over 120 distinct languages.
The Watchlist: June 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Milkweed Editions | The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag,…
The Watchlist: May 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Open Letter | Four By Four by Sara Mesa, translated…
The Watchlist: April 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Seven Stories Press | No-Signal Area by Robert…
The Watchlist: March 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Milkweed Editions | When the Whales Leave by Yuri Rytkheu,…
The Watchlist: February 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Two Lines Press | b, Book, and Me by Kim Sagwa, translated…
The Watchlist: January 2020
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Europa Editions | The Enlightenment of the Greengage…
The Watchlist: December 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Grove Atlantic | The Story of a Goat by Perumal…
The Watchlist: November 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Feminist Press | The Living Days by Ananda Devi, translated…
The Watchlist: October 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Other Press | I Will Never See the World Again: The…
The Watchlist: September 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Coffee House Press | When Death Takes Something from…
The Watchlist: August 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Open Letter | The Translator’s Bride by…
The Watchlist: July 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Counterpoint Press | Inhabitation by Teru…
The Watchlist: June 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Seagull Books | Ice by Sonallah Ibrahim,…
The Watchlist: May 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From World Editions | A Devil Comes to Town by…
The Watchlist: April 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Soho Press | Dark Constellations by Pola Oloixarac,…
The Watchlist: March 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From the Feminist Press | Mars by Asja Bakić, translated…
The Watchlist: February 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Death Is Hard Work…
The Watchlist: January 2019
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From And Other Stories | Tentacle by Rita Indiana, translated…
The Watchlist: December 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Archipelago Books | The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique…
The Watchlist: November 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Semiotext(e) | Seasonal Associate by Heike Geissler,…
The Watchlist: October 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Dorothy, a publishing project | The Taiga Syndrome…
The Watchlist: September 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Coffee House Press | After the Winter by Guadalupe…
The Watchlist: August 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Riverhead | Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated…
The Watchlist: July 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Coffee House Press | Comemadre by Roque Larraquy,…
The Watchlist: June 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Liveright | The Collected Stories of Machado de…
The Watchlist: May 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Scribe US | Familiar Things by Hwang So-Yong, translated…
The Watchlist: April 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Biblioasis | Transparent City by Ondjaki, translated…
The Watchlist: March 2018
By Tobias Carroll
Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.From Alfred A. Knopf | Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya,…
The Watchlist: February 2018
By Tobias Carroll
We are pleased to welcome Tobias Carroll as the new curator of WWB’s Watchlist. Each month, Tobias will share a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s…
The Watchlist: January 2018
By M. Bartley Seigel
Every month, from his home on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, emeritus Words Without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel reaches out into the…
The Watchlist: December 2017
By M. Bartley Seigel
Every month, from his home on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, emeritus Words Without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel reaches out into the…
The Watchlist: November 2017
By M. Bartley Seigel
Every month, emeritus Words Without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel reaches out into the wide world from his home on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…
Voices Unheard: Tribal Literature from India to Read Now
By Pooja Shankar
Until recently, the tribal literature created in non-mainstream languages has not been very recognized or available for an Indian or global audience.