For Women In Translation Month this August, Ten of My Favorite Authors


From Japan:

Hiro Arikawa (The Traveling Cat Chronicles)

Yuko Tsushima (The Territory of Light)

Kanae Minato (Confessions and Penance)

Sayaka Murata (The Convenience Store Woman)

From Italy:

Margaret Mazzantini (Don’t Move, Strega Prize winner)

Sylvia Avallone (Swimming to ElbaStrega Prize nomination)

Elena Ferrante (the Neapolitan novels, author not pictured)

From Poland:

Wioletta Greg (Swallowing Mercury, nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, and Accomodations)

Olga Tokarczuk (FlightsMan Booker International Prize winner, and Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The DeadMan Booker International Prize nomination)

From India:

Anuradha Roy (Sleeping on Jupiter and All The Lives We Never Lived)


Find more information about Women In Translation Month from Meytal Radzinski, the woman behind it at all, at @Read_WIT and/or #WITMonth.



6 thoughts on “For Women In Translation Month this August, Ten of My Favorite Authors

    • Juliana, I cannot tell you how much I adored Swimming to Elba by Sylvia Avallone. It ignited a pursuit of the Strega Prize winners, and nominations, not that those are the only good Italian writers. Don’t Move is also quite excellent, written by a woman my own age! 😉 I’m afraid some of the authors I’ve listed are ones people come to expect, but it’s interesting to see our favorites. Xo


    • You won’t be disappointed, Suko! Not only is it charming, it will make you feel like you are physically in Japan. At least, it did for me. I will never forget seeing the thousands of convenience stores in Japan last October, and learning that they were necessary for the people in such crowded places as Tokyo.


    • I liked Territory of Light more after I finished it, than while I was reading it. It was one of those books that caused me to contemplate the character’s life as well as my own, and the decisions/mood/conclusion were all quite wonderful, were they not?


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