March 2013 New Translations

March 19, 2013

Despite the recurring dismal reports of the number of books translated into English, we’re already seeing many exciting translations in 2013. For those seeking to read broadly, and abroad, we offer a handful of translations from four languages: Arabic, Dutch, French, and Greek. Return to ancient origins or explore Egypt’s Facebook generation; experience Morocco’s final days of French colonial occupation or France during the reign of Louis XIV; look for love in a bookstore or watch a marriage crumble. This list has something for everyone.


The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry, tr. Siân Reynolds

The Library of Unrequited Love, Sophie Divry

Tirza by Arnon Grunberg, tr. Sam Garrett

Tirza, Arnon Grunberg 

Back to Delphi by Ioanna Karystiani, tr. Konstantine Matsoukas

Back to Delphi by Ioanna Karystiani 

The Bottom of the Jar by Abdellatif Laâbi, tr. André Naffis-Sahely

The Bottom of the Jar by Abdellatif Laabi

The Eleven by Pierre Michon, tr. Jody Gladding and Elizabeth Deshays

The Eleven by Pierre Michon

Status: Emo by Eslam Mosbah, tr. Raphael Cohen

Status: Emo by Eslam Mosbah

Michelle Johnson is WLT's managing and culture editor.