Women in Translation Month 2017

Hello, lovely readers!

Meytal over at the Biblibio blog is hosting the Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) in August. The event aims to encourage readers, reviewers, publishers, and translators to explore more books written by female writers in translation. Here you can find a FAQ on the event. And here Meytal compiled a list of books.

My list for WITMonth will overlap with some of the other reading projects I am taking part in:

  1. Ladivine, by Marie NDiaye, tr. Jordan Stump (20 Books of Summer)
  2. Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell (20 Books of Summer)
  3. If Not, Winter: fragments of Sappho, tr. Anne Carson (The Classics Club)
  4. Invisible Links, by Selma Lagerlöf, tr. Pauline Bancroft Flach (The Classics Club)
  5. Suite Française, by Irène Némirovsky, tr. Sandra Smith (The Classics Club)
  6. The Sarashina diary: a woman’s life in eleventh-century Japan, by Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, tr. Sonja Arntzen & Itō Moriyuki (Japanese Literature Challenge)
  7. The Izumi Shikibu Diary, tr. Edwin Cranston  (Japanese Literature Challenge)
  8. The Kagero Diary, by Michitsuna no Haha, tr. Sonja Arntzen (Japanese Literature Challenge)

Here is a list of books I have on my TBR, and may get to if I have time:

  1. Artemisia, by Anna Banti, tr. Shirley D’Ardia Caracciol
  2. Grand Hotel, by Vicki Baum, tr. Basil Creighton
  3. The weight of things, by Marianne Fritz, tr. Adrian Nathan West
  4. La Femme de Gilles, by Madeleine Bourdouxhe, tr. Faith Evans
  5. The Blue Room, by Hanne Ørstavik, tr. Deborah Dawkin
  6. Things we Lost in the Fire, by Mariana Enríquez, tr. Megan McDowell
  7. Astragal, by Albertine Sarrazin, tr. Patsy Southgate

Finaly, here is a list of books to read for the distant future (you see, I love lists… :))

  1. Thus Were Their Faces, by Silvina Ocampo, tr. Daniel Balderston
  2. In Diamond Square, by Mercè Rodoreda, tr. Peter Bush
  3. Death in Spring, by Mercè Rodoreda, tr. Martha Tennent
  4. Nada, by Carmen Laforet, tr. Edith Grossman
  5. Subtly Worded, by Teffi, tr. Anne Marie Jackson, Robert Chandler
  6. Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea, by Teffi, tr. Robert Chandler, Irina Steinberg, Anne Marie Jackson, Elizabeth Chandler
  7. Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me: The Best of Teffi, by Teffi, tr. Robert Chandler, Rose France, Elizabeth Chandler
  8. Visitation, by Jenny Erpenbeck, tr. Susan Bernofsky
  9. Nothing But Ghosts, by Judith Hermann, tr. Margaret Bettauer Dembo
  10. La Bâtarde, by Violette Leduc, tr. Derek Coltman
  11. Thérèse and Isabelle, by Violette Leduc, tr. Sophie Lewis
  12. The Lady and the Little Fox Fur, by Violette Leduc, tr. Derek Coltman
  13. The Book of Promethea, by Hélène Cixous, tr. Betsy Wing
  14. The Thirtieth Year: Stories, by Ingeborg Bachmann, tr. Michael Bullock
  15. Cassandra, by Christa Wolf, tr. Jan van Heurck
  16. The Three Marias, by Rachel de Queiroz, tr. Fred P. Ellison
  17. Delphine, by Germaine de Staël (Madame de Staël), tr. Avriel H. Goldberger
  18. At the End of Sleep: Poems, by Tal Nitzan, tr. Tal Nitzan, Vivian Eden, Irit Sela, Aliza Raz, Rachel Tzvia Back
  19. Medea and Her Children, by Lyudmila Ulitskaya, tr. Arch Tait
  20. Butterflies in November, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, tr. Brian FitzGibbon
  21. Into the Whirlwind, by Eugenia Ginzburg, tr. Paul Stevenson, Manya Harari
  22. Dina’s Book, by Herbjørg Wassmo, tr. Nadia M. Christensen
  23. The Heptameron, by Marguerite de Navarre, tr. George Saintsbury
  24. The Treasure of the City of Ladies, by Christine de Pizan, tr. Sarah Lawson
  25. The Book of the City of Ladies, by Christine de Pisan, tr. Rosalind Brown-Grant
  26. The Iguana, by Anna Maria Ortese, tr. Henry Martin
  27. History, by Elsa Morante, tr. Lily Tuck
  28. The Youngest Doll, by Rosario Ferré, tr. Rosario Ferré, Jean Franco
  29. Here, by Wisława Szymborska, tr. Stanisław Barańczak, Clare Cavanagh
  30. The House of Ulloa, by Emilia Pardo Bazán, tr. Paul O’Prey
  31. So Much for That Winter, by Dorthe Nors, tr. Misha Hoekstra
  32. Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real, by Celia Correas Zapata
  33. The Weight of Things, by Marianne Fritz, tr. Adrian Nathan West
  34. The Book of Franza and Requiem for Fanny Goldmann, by Ingeborg Bachmann, tr. Peter Filkins
  35. A Life of Poems, Poems of a Life, by Anna de Noailles, tr. Norman R. Shapiro
  36. A Woman, by Sibilla Aleramo, tr. Rosalind Delmar
  37. Reeds in the Wind, by Grazia Deledda, tr. Martha King
  38. Women Poets of the Italian Renaissance: Courtly Ladies & Courtesans, ed. Laura Anna Stortoni, tr. Mary Prentice Lillie
  39. A Family Lexicon, by Natalia Ginzburg, tr. Jenny McPhee
  40. Kassandra and the Wolf, by Margarita Karapanou, tr. N.C. Germanacos
  41. Alberta and Jacob, by Cora Sandel, tr. Elizabeth Rokkan
  42. April Witch, by Majgull Axelsson, tr. Linda Schenck
  43. Aimée & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943, by Erica Fischer, tr. Edna McCown
  44. First Love & Look for My Obituary: Two Novellas by Elena Garro, by Elena Garro, tr. David Unger
  45. House of Mist: A Novel, by María Luisa Bombal, tr. María Luisa Bombal
  46. Gnedich, by Maria Rybakova, tr. Elena Dimov
  47. Blue Self-Portrait, by Noémi Lefebvre, tr. Sophie Lewis
  48. Wonderful, Wonderful Times, by Elfriede Jelinek, tr. Michael Hulse
  49. The Diary of a Lost Girl, by Margarete Böhme, tr. Thomas Gladysz
  50. The Body Where I Was Born, by Guadalupe Nettel, tr. J.T. Lichtenstein
  51. White Walls: Collected Stories, by Tatyana Tolstaya, tr. Jamey Gambrell, Antonina W. Bouis
  52. Sleepwalker in a Fog, by Tatyana Tolstaya, tr. Jamey Gambrell
  53. Povídky: Short Stories by Czech Women, ed. Nancy Hawker
  54. There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, tr. Keith Gessen
  55. There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, tr. Anna Summers
  56. There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, tr. Anna Summers
  57. A Broken Mirror, by Mercè Rodoreda, tr. Josep Miquel Sobrer
  58. Nonrequired Reading, by Wisława Szymborska, tr. Clare Cavanagh
  59. My Heart Hemmed In, by Marie NDiaye, tr. Jordan Stump
  60. Selected Letters, by Madame de Sévigné, tr.  Leonard Tancock
  61. Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Jennifer Croft
  62. Inheritance from Mother, by Minae Mizumura, tr. Juliet Winters Carpenter
  63. Seeing Red, by Lina Meruane, tr. Megan McDowell
  64. Swallowing Mercury, by Wioletta Greg, tr. Eliza Marciniak
  65. Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan, tr. George Miller
  66. Extracting the Stone of Madness, by Alejandra Pizarnik, tr. Yvette Siegert
  67. Dance on the Volcano, by Marie Vieux-Chauvet, tr. Kaiama L. Glover
  68. Women Poets of Japan, ed. Ikuko Atsumi, tr. Kenneth Rexroth
  69. Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology, tr. Hiroaki Sato
  70. Frontier, by Can Xue, tr. Karen Gernant, Chen Zeping
  71. Eve out of Her Ruins, by Ananda Devi, tr. Jeffrey Zuckerman
  72. Panty, by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, tr. Arunava Sinha
  73. The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels, by Ágota Kristóf, tr. Alan Sheridan, David Watson, Marc Romano
  74. Nine Rabbits, by Virginia Zaharieva, tr. Angela Rodel
  75. River of Fire and Other Stories, by Oh Jung-hee, tr. Bruce Fulton, Ju-Chan Fulton
  76. One Hundred Shadows, by Hwang Jungeun, tr. Jung Yewon
  77. Sphinx, by Anne Garréta, tr.  Emma Ramadan
  78. Leonora: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Leonora Carrington, by Elena Poniatowska, tr. Amanda Hopkinson
  79. One Two, by Eliane Brum, tr. Lucy Greaves
  80. Ten Women, by Marcela Serrano, tr. Beth Fowler
  81. Hunting and Gathering, by Anna Gavalda, tr. Alison Anderson
  82. The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy, by Paulina Chiziane, tr. David Brookshaw
  83. Mend the Living, by Maylis de Kerangal, tr. Jessica Moore // The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal, tr. Sam Taylor
  84. Charges, by Elfriede Jelinek, tr. Gitta Honegger
  85. As Flowers Bloom and Wither, by Ying-Tai Chang, tr. Florence Woo
  86. Love in a Fallen City, by Eileen Chang, tr. Karen S. Kingsbury
  87. Half a Lifelong Romance, by Eileen Chang, tr. Karen S. Kingsbury
  88. Naked Earth, by Eileen Chang
  89. Last Words from Montmartre, by Qiu Miaojin, tr. Ari Larissa Heinrich
  90. Umami, by Laia Jufresa, tr. Sophie Hughes
  91. Hollow Heart, by Viola Di Grado, tr. Antony Shugaar
  92. The Princess of Cleves, by Madame de Lafayette, tr. Robin Buss
  93. The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli, tr. Christina MacSweeney
  94. Empty Chairs: Selected Poems, by Liu Xia, tr. Ming Di, Jennifer Stern
  95. Agaat, by Marlene Van Niekerk, tr. Michiel Heyns
  96. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, by Dubravka Ugrešić, tr. Celia Hawkesworth
  97. The Attempt, by Magdaléna Platzová, tr. Alex Zucker
  98. Before, by Carmen Boullosa, tr. Peter Bush

Here you can find my WIT reviews. And here is my list for the German Literature Month.

What are your reading plans, fellow WIT readers? Which books/authors do you recommend? 🙂

Yours truly,


Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky. Reading in the garden, 1915

12 thoughts on “Women in Translation Month 2017

  1. I will try to read a couple of books for #WITmonth I have Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo and some by Vicki Baum – but I need to check whether they are the ones she wrote in German and were translated or were originally written in English. Suite Française is wonderful by the way – enjoy.


    1. Thank you, Ali! I loved The Door by Szabo, so Iza’s Ballad is also on my TBR. Nemirowski’s book is high on my priorities for next month, I am looking forward to finally reading it! 🙂 Happy reading!


  2. Wow that last one is quite a list, I must rearrange my books to see what I have to read for August WITMonth, I’ve just read Ladivine actually and didn’t exactly gel with it sadly, I have Iza’s Ballad to read though by Magda Szabó which I’m looking forward to and also a couple of titles by Maryse Condé, perhaps The Story of the Cannibal Woman since its her personal favourite. Oh and I always have my One Summer Chunkster which this year might just be The Complete Claudine by Colette which I have in one giant volume!


    1. Thank you, Claire! ❤ I've just read your review of Ladivine. I have high expectations for this book – I really liked My Heart Hemmed In -, but now I am kind of out of heart about Ladivine. I have it on my 20BooksofSummer list, though, and my library has a copy. I may give it a go in August. I loved The Door by Szabo, so Iza’s Ballad is also on my TBR. And I loved the title you mentioned by Condé – The Story of the Cannibal Woman! I'll add it to my goodreads TBR 🙂 The Complete Claudine is a delight, I love Colette. Hope you enjoy! Happy reading! 🙂 x

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      1. I hope perhaps you find something more literary in ladivine that failed to ignite in me, I realise that it’s partly my own expectations, well a combination of that and what we are sold through the blurb, I was looking forward to the exploration of the mother-daughter relationship and thought it may have a cross cultural point of view, and of course I have been spoiled by writers such as Simone Schwarz Bart and Maryse Conde.
        I’ll be back to look at your list again soon, I think I need a few more to choose from for this August!
        Happy Reading to you too! C x

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  3. What a rich list you have compiled! I was very intrigued with Fever Dream; LaDivine not so much. I like how you have some overlap with WIT Month and the Japanese Literature Challenge 11, which is something I plan to do to. Another author you have listed whom I would like to read more of is Jenny Erpenbeck. Loved loved loved her book End of Days. (I think that’s the correct title) 😮


    1. Thank you, Bellezza! ❤ I found Fever Dream very intriguing, too! I am still to write about it. Ladivine I've yet to read. I've heard mixed things about it, so I am a little ambivalent about reading it. And I should read Erpenbeck, I keep hearing about her! 🙂 Happz reading!

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