Women in Translation Month!


Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi translated from Arabic by Marilyn Booth

"A beautiful and often heart-breaking web of stories that runs across generations in a rapidly changing Oman, Celestial Bodies was the first book written by an Omani woman to be translated into English! It's a stunning and eye-opening intergenerational drama. 2019 Booker International Prize winner!" - Ben

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori

"Keiko doesn't know where she fits in... except when she's working at the convenience store. The store is her safe haven, in all its fluorescent lit, organized aisle glory. This book will make you laugh and then make you contemplate why you're laughing. This wacky juggernaut of a novel is the perfect read for anyone feeling trapped by late stage capitalism." - Clare

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi translated from French by Blake Ferris and Mattias Ripa

"This memoir effortlessly blends the history and politics of Iran during the Islamic Revolution with the innocence of childhood through a lovable and precocious girl. It is original and stylistic in a way that makes it wholly unforgettable. Based in Iran and translated from its original French, it is unique in its specificity while also being universal and accessible. A coming-of-age story following a young girl, we see the backdrop of war and revolution through her eyes, which provides it with humor, devastation, and humanity.  The wit, depth, and honesty of it allows us to see ourselves as someone we would believe we have nothing in common with. Truly a must-read that I can't recommend enough!" - Konner

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich, translated from Russian by Keith Gessen

"I did not watch HBO's recent Chernobyl, in part because I read this book first. It's a series of raw, soul-wrenching interviews presented as first-person monologues that Alexievich conducted with ordinary people who were affected by the Chernobyl disaster, and HBO's show pulls from the book. Deeply intimate and personal, revealing the depths of our collective will to survive at all costs." - Sarah

Vernon Subutex by Virginie Despentes translated from French by Frank Wynne

"A crunchy, punchy, really good book. Written with a meandering perspective that confronts pretty much everything. The only constant is a man's pride-fueled spiral into homelessness." - Jordan

Belladonna by Daša Drndić translated from Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth

"A biting look at the inherited trauma of history, Belladonna weaves the tragedies of the Holocaust in Croatia with the fictional story of an aging professor and his obsession with his country's failings. It's a powerful reminder of the way that we all live among the monuments and ruins of our countries' histories, and of the importance of reckoning with our collective pasts." - Ben

This Woman's Work by Julie Delporte translated from French by Helge Dascher and Aleshia Jensen

"This graphic novel sheds light on unspoken moments of the female experience. The perfect combination of flashes of understanding and posing deeper questions. The art is tactile and personal. This book has quickly become one I revisit often." - Clare