Girl with Dragon Tattoo

Celebrating Libraries Week - Day 3

11 October 2017

Continuing with the theme of ‘Discovery’ in celebration of Libraries week 2017, did you know that the Calibre Library has a range of contemporary, and classic, novels in translation? Whilst many of you will be familiar with the works of the literary greats such as Tolstoy, Flaubert, Murakami, Allende, and Marquez etc., you may be less aware of the quirky and sometimes surprising novels listed below.

Some of the recordings were provided by Clear Voice Books a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to “bring the widest possible range of books by contemporary international authors to the UKs’ print disabled community”:

The Blue Fox by Sjon 9409

The Collini Case by Ferdinand Von Schirach 10173

Horses of God by Mahi Binebine 10037

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa 9609

Voice Over by Céline Curiol 9748

Many books in translation are not widely known in the UK but A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler 11493 and The Vegetarian by Han Kang 11352 both won the Man Booker International Prize, and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 11564 and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 9717 have been made into films whilst The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 8987 and the other Millenium Series books by Stieg Larsson have been immensely successful both on screen, and in the bookstores. Then there is the large market for Nordic noir novels with authors such as Manning Henkel, Yrsa Sigguradottir, Jo Nesbo, Hakkan Nesbo, and Camilla Lackberg coming to the fore.

Here are some of the lesser known books in translation that you might like to try:

All Souls by Xavier Marias 7641

Black Water Lillies by Michel Bussi 11581

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante 11287

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide 11135

The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 9567

I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti 7252

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk 11615

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami 11636

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan 617018

The Reader by Bernard Schlink 5363

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent 11540

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen 11499

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 6944

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky 7636