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- The National Book Awards’ long list of translated literature for 2021 was recently announced.
- The books were originally published in 7 different languages including Spanish, French and Chinese.
- Want more books? Check out the long lists for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction and Poetry.
The best translated literature in 2021, according to the National Book Award panel of five judges, covers both world and genres.
The judges this week announced the Long List of Translated Literature, which celebrated international works originally published in seven different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish.
The books also cover a multitude of genres, from fictional short stories to creative non-fiction. In Nona Fernández’s “The Twilight Zone”, a member of the Chilean secret police walks into the office of a dissident magazine and confesses to some of the worst crimes committed under the Pinochet dictatorship, thus triggering the narrator’s long-standing obsession with “the man who tortured people”. “” An Inventory of Losses “lists 12 extinct objects – from tigers to islands – while” In Memory of Memory “examines the fallibility and impact of memory, traditions and national history. Mythology merges as a woman named Xiumi campaigns for self-reliance in Ge Fei’s “Peach Blossom Paradise” during the Hundred Day Reformation in China.
Below you will find the 10 titles that made it to the 2021 Long List of Translated Literature. The top five list will be released on October 5th and the winner will be announced on November 17th.
The 10 books on the 2021 National Book Award long list for translated literature:
Descriptions are provided by Amazon and edited slightly for length and clarity.