In Translation Book Club

Launched at the beginning of 2020, the In Translation Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss translated books from around the globe. 

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Sputnik Sweetheart (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375726057
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

Part romance, part detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited love.


The House of the Spirits: A Novel By Isabel Allende Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501117015
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Published: Atria Books - December 15th, 2015

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson Goodreads Book Club Pick


Klotsvog (Russian Library) By Margarita Khemlin, Lisa C. Hayden (Translator), Lara Vapnyar (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Margarita Khemlin, Lisa C. Hayden (Translator), Lara Vapnyar (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780231182379
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Published: Columbia University Press - August 27th, 2019

Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II--and it's a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one strikingly vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it.


An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781641290111
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Published: Soho Crime - November 6th, 2018

Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and... no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home.


The Master Key (Pushkin Vertigo) By Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by) Cover Image
By Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781782277729
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Published: Pushkin Vertigo - November 23rd, 2021

The prize-winning debut mystery from one of Japan's best-loved crime writers

The K Apartments for Ladies are occupied by over one hundred unmarried women, once young and lively, now grown and old—and in some cases, evil.


Before the Feast By Sasa Stanisic, Anthea Bell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Sasa Stanisic, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040393
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Published: Tin House Books - June 14th, 2016

It’s the night before the feast in the village of Fu¨rstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman—he’s dead. And Mrs. Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells—the only problem is that the bells have gone.


Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, the new novel from the author of A Man Called Ove is a “quirky, big-hearted novel….Wry, wise and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure” (People).

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