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Some Recommendations for Women in Translation Month

August is Women in Translation Month, and all month here at Two Lines Press we will be highlighting authors you should read to get in on the action. To start things off, here’s a list that we’ve put together. Enjoy!

Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo (tr. Daniel Balderston) — an intimate of Borges and one of the greatest 20th-century poets and short story writers from Argentina

alphabet by Inger Christensen (tr. Susanna Nied) — a major work by one of Denmark’s greatest poets

Why I Killed My Best Friend by Amanda Michalopoulou (tr. Karen Emmerich) — a fun and incisive novel of frenemies and radical Greek politics

Dreams and Stones by Magdalena Tulli (tr. Bill Johnston) — latest book in translation by one of Poland’s leading experimental authors

Sphinx by Anne Garréta (tr. Emma Ramadan) — a “genderless love story” that got its author invited to join the Oulipo

The Vegetarian by Han Kang (tr. Deborah Smith) — groundbreaking work of Korean literature and winner of the 2016 International Man Booker Prize

Letters from a Seducer by Hilda Hilst (tr. John Keene) — enigmatic lyric novel from one of Brazil’s most interesting experimental authors

Massacre in Mexico by Elena Poniatowska (tr. Helen R. Lane) — major work of investigative journalism on the infamous Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico City in 1968

The Body Where I was Born by Guadalupe Nettel (tr. J.T. Lichtenstein) — bracing, beautiful autobiographical novel by one of Mexico’s best young writers

So Much for That Winter by Dorthe Nors (tr. Misha Hoekstra) — second book in English by the acclaimed Scandinavian author

Extracting the Stone of Madness: Alejandra Pizarnik (tr. Yvette Siegert) — a tragic suicide, one of Argentina’s greatest poets

The Last Lover by Can Xue (tr. Annelise Finegan Wasmoen) — winner of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award for fiction, an extraordinary experimental novel from a major Chinese author

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector (tr. Idra Novey) — possibly the most infamous book from the astounding Brazilian author

Hygiene and the Assassin by Amelie Nothomb (tr. Alison Anderson) — first novel by one of Europe’s most acclaimed and controversial authors