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Best Fiction in Translation of 2021

  • FICTION

    THE TWILIGHT ZONE

    MARCH 16, 2021

FICTION

THE TWILIGHT ZONE

by Nona Fernández ; translated by Natasha Wimmer

Fernández is emerging as a major voice in South American letters, and this slender but rich story shows why. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CORPSE FLOWER

    OCT. 12, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE CORPSE FLOWER

by Anne Mette Hancock ; translated by Tara Chace

Scandinavian noir at its noirest. It’s hard, maybe unthinkable, to imagine how Hancock will follow it up. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    KIN

    JUNE 15, 2021

FICTION

KIN

by Miljenko Jergović ; translated by Russell Scott Valentino

A masterwork of modern European letters that should earn the author a wide readership outside his homeland. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    UNTRACEABLE

    FEB. 2, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

UNTRACEABLE

by Sergei Lebedev

A darkly absorbing intellectual thriller by one of Russia's boldest young novelists. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LOOP

    JUNE 15, 2021

FICTION

LOOP

by Brenda Lozano ; translated by Annie McDermott

An intimate book that starts small and expands steadily outward, with a cumulative effect both moving and hopeful. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TRUST

    OCT. 19, 2021

FICTION

TRUST

by Domenico Starnone ; translated by Jhumpa Lahiri

Richly nuanced while also understated, Starnone’s latest appearance in English is a novel to be savored. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BOLLA

    JULY 6, 2021

FICTION

BOLLA

by Pajtim Statovci ; translated by David Hackston

An unflinching consideration of the long aftereffects of an affair cut short. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IN MEMORY OF MEMORY

    FEB. 9, 2021

FICTION

IN MEMORY OF MEMORY

by Maria Stepanova ; translated by Sasha Dugdale

A remarkable work of the imagination—and, yes, memory. Full review >

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