A Thanksgiving List of Books in Translation

November 20, 2012

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we—the editors at WLT—have each listed a few of our favorite books in translation that we are truly thankful for. Let us know in the comments if you have your own particular book in translation that you're thankful for, or simply peruse the titles here and add them to your own reading lists.

Daniel Simon, Editor in Chief: 

Homer's The Iliad and The OdysseyDostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey, tr. Robert Fagles

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, ed. Ilya Kaminsky & Susan Harris (multiple translators)


Michelle Johnson, Managing Editor:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery A Novel Bookstore, Laurence Cosse Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky

Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, tr. Alison Anderson

Laurence Cossé, A Novel Bookstore, tr. Alison Anderson

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (many translations)

Adam Zagajewski, Another Beauty, tr. Clare Cavanagh, and Without End: New and Selected Poems, tr. Clare Cavanagh, Benjamin Ivry, & Renata Gorczynski


Marla Johnson, Book Review Editor:

The Complete Saga of Icelanders, including 49 tales The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, including 49 Tales, Viðar Hreinsson, ed.

The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems, Mark Eisner, ed., tr. Forrest Gander


Jen Rickard, Digital Media Editor:

La Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory, Jorge Luis Borges Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, Etgar Keret

Dante Alighieri, La Vita Nuova (many translations)

Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory, tr. Andrew Hurley

Etgar Keret, Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, tr. Miriam Shlesinger, Sondra Silverston, & Nathan Englander


Kaitlin Hawkins, Assistant Digital Media Editor:

In the Name of Honor, Mukhtar Mai Treblinka: A Survivor's Memory, Chil Rajchman Medea, Seneca

Mukhtar Mai, In the Name of Honor, tr. Linda Coverdale

Chil Rajchman, Treblinka: A Survivor's Memory, tr. Solon Beinfeld

Seneca, Medea (many translations)



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