NPR lists best foreign books
After Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio was given the Nobel Prize for Literature, a large number of English speaking readers began asking what else they might be missing out on and sales for Le Clezio’s book exploded on AbeBooks since most of his English translations were out-of-print.
A stat that is thrown around is that only three per cent of books published in the US are works that have been translated, so in the spirit of getting to know the literary world around you The NPR has put together a list of the the best foreign books that you may never have heard of.
Antonio Lobo Antunes, What Can I Do When Everything’s on Fire?
Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz