Women in Translation Month | 2020

Hi, folks!

It’s that time of the year again! 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 women writers in translation (aka not written originally in English). Here you can find a FAQ on the event (Updated FAQ). Herehere and here Meytal compiled very useful lists of books. Here you can find my WIT reviews.

As always, my list for WITMonth this year will overlap with some of my other reading projects for the Summer. Here are my top priorities:

  1. Alberta and Jacob, by Cora Sandel, tr. Elizabeth Rokkan
  2. The Book of Anna, by Carmen Boullosa, tr. Samantha Schnee
  3. The Adventures of China Iron, by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, tr. Fiona Mackintosh & Iona Macintyre
  4. Subtly Worded, by Teffi, tr. Anne Marie Jackson & Robert Chandler
  5. Tentacle, by Rita Indiana, tr. Achy Obejas
  6. People in the Room, by Norah Lange, tr. Charlotte Whittle
  7. La Bâtarde, by Violette Leduc, tr. Derek Coltman
  8. Disoriental, by Négar Djavadi, tr. Tina A. Kover
  9. Eve Out of Her Ruins, by Ananda Devi, tr. Jeffrey Zuckerman
  10. A Double Life, by Karolina Pavlova, tr. Barbara Heldt
  11. The Empty Book, by Josefina Vicens, tr. David Lauer
  12. A Change of Time, by Ida Jessen, tr. Martin Aitken
  13. Last Words from Montmartre, by Qiu Miaojin, tr. Ari Larissa Heinrich
  14. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchior, tr. Sophie Hughes
  15. The Remainder, by Alia Trabucco Zeran, tr. Sophie Hughes
  16. Eva, by Carry van Bruggen, tr. Jane Fenoulhet
  17. The Artificial Silk Girl, by Irmgard Keun, tr. Kathie von Ankum (I will be reading this in German)
  18. Isolde by Irena Odoevtseva, tr. Brian Karetnyk & Irina Steinberg
  19. La Femme De Gilles, by Madeleine Bourdouxhe, tr. Faith Evans
  20. Amora: Stories, by Natalia Borges Polesso, tr. Julia Sanches
  21. Letters from Klara, by Tove Jansson, tr. Thomas Teal
  22. Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra, tr. Daniel Hahn

And here are other WIT books I have on my shelves & may choose to pick up, depending on my mood next month:

  1. Vivian, by Christina Hesselholdt, tr. Paul Russell Garrett
  2. A girl’s story, by Annie Ernaux, tr. Alison L. Strayer
  3. Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell
  4. Théresè and Isabelle by Violette Leduc, tr. Sophie Lewis
  5. Death in Spring, by Merce Rodoreda, tr. Martha Tennent
  6. Abigail by Magda Szabó, tr. Len Rix
  7. Recollections of Things to Come, by Elena Garro, tr. R.L.C. Simms
  8. Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi, tr. Sherif Hetata
  9. Baboon, by Naja Marie Aidt, tr. Denise Newman
  10. Frontier, Can Xue, tr. Karen Gernant & Chen Zeping
  11. Things We Lost in the Fire, by Mariana Enriquez, tr. Megan McDowell
  12. The House of Ulloa, by Emilia Pardo Bazán, tr. Paul O’Prey
  13. Chitambo by Hagar Olsson, tr. Sarah Death
  14. The book of lamentations, by Rosario Castellanos, tr. Esther Allen
  15. La Bastarda, by Trifonia Melibea Obono, tr. Lawrence Schimel
  16. Holiday Heart by Margarita García Robayo, tr. Charlotte Coombe
  17. The Faculty of Dreams, by Sara Stridsberg, tr. Deborah Bragan-Turner
  18. Swallowing Mercury, by Wioletta Greg, tr. Eliza Marciniak
  19. Wild Swims, by Dorthe Nors, tr. Misha Hoekstra
  20. Sweet Days of Discipline, by Fleur Jaeggy, tr. Tim Parks
  21. Childhood, by Tove Ditlevsen, tr. Tiina Nunnally & Michael Favela Goldman
  22. Notes of a Crocodile, by Qiu Miaojin, tr. Bonnie Huie

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

Yours truly,


Hilda Carline

21 thoughts on “Women in Translation Month | 2020

  1. I look forward to what you make of The Adventures of China Iron, I absolutely loved it from start to finish, and was thoroughly entertained by its daring and provocation, while also leading me to learn a little about the literary and rural landscape of the pampas.
    I enjoy reading with the crowd in August so have a few lined up, Latife Tekin’s Berji Kristen was an interesting read I’m still thinking about, I have a few by Radwa Adjourned and began with The Woman from Tantoura. I’m very much looking forward to Sanmao’s Stories of the Sahara and a couple from Charcoal Press.


  2. Wow! You have so many books in translation. I wrote a post for my blog (it went live this morning) on short stories in translation, and realised that I want to read more! Will definitely be checking out these suggestions. If you could have a look at my post, I’d love to hear what you think!! 🥰


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