Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

12 of the best translated books to broaden your literary horizons

Don Quixote. Candide. War and Peace. Madame Bovary. Some of the best-known and most highly-regarded classics that adorn the shelves of secondhand book shops and Literature 101 reading lists were originally penned in foreign tongues - but, all too often, modern readers seem ignorant of the fact that overseas authors have continued to write, prolifically and beautifully, since the 18th century.


Read more: Dark futures, true crimes, and love letters: the most addictive new reads of May


I mean no offence to Atwood, Gaiman and all the other English-speaking authors who regularly decorate our top 100 lists - I love you all, call me - but if you’re determined to stray a little further afield with your reading in 2017, here are 12 wonderful books that will have to clutching your Kindle long after dark. And while you’re reading, spare a thought for this - the Man Booker International Prize is given annually to a single book in English translation, with a prize of £50,000 - split equally between author and translator. So it’s not just one writer’s words you’re parsing… 

Related

emmy rossum.jpg

Emmy Rossum pens powerful essay about single mothers

dumbledore jude law.jpg

Jude Law has been cast as young Dumbledore – and Twitter is divided

best-podcasts-to-help-you-get-to-sleep-2.jpg

The modern bedtime story: 7 soothing podcasts to help you sleep

More

The Peter Rabbit trailer has genuinely horrified Beatrix Potter fans

“They’ve… they’ve turned Peter into a frat boy!”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Sep 2017

Practical Magic is FINALLY getting the prequel of your dreams

Flip the switch and let the cauldron bubble…

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Sep 2017

The Moomins are coming back to TV and the cast is incredible

Ready your Little My topknots

by Amy Swales
12 Sep 2017

Your £10 note is worth a LOT of money if it features this tiny detail

Oh Jane Austen, you’re spoiling us…

by Kayleigh Dray
12 Sep 2017

The Fifty Shades Freed trailer has arrived – and it’s pretty dark

Mrs Grey will see you now

by Amy Swales
11 Sep 2017

10 brilliant books to curl up with this September

From gripping crime fiction to beautiful poetry

by Sarah Shaffi
01 Sep 2017

Puberty guide causes fury with “problematic” explanation of breasts

The book said girls have breasts to make them look “grown-up and attractive”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
30 Aug 2017

The 5 biggest plot holes in Harry Potter, as exposed by fans

Accio problematic plot points!

by Susan Devaney
30 Aug 2017

50 unmissable books to kickstart your autumn reading

Your first look at the essential titles for autumn 2017

by Francesca Brown
25 Aug 2017

The 10 must-read books for anyone with siblings

There's often nothing more page-turning than the secrets between siblings

by Stylist
23 Aug 2017