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Books to discover by Women in Translation

Books to discover by Women in Translation

Bold, insightful, and ultimately... Powerful. Fully Booked uplifts brilliant women writers who get translated to share their stories wherever they are in the world.

While they share their experiences that often heavily revolve around the themes of feminism and gender roles, breaking stereotypes, and true-to-life stories of what it means to be a woman, these authors also aim to raise awareness and bring more readers closer to worlds beyond their reach through literature.

Here are some delightful books featured in the Fully Booked Women in Translation collection waiting to be discovered and become your next great read.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Polish master storyteller Olga Tokarczuk brings readers into thinking of what it means to embrace wandering as a way of life. Flights boasts of its brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations—definitely a must-read.

Enchanting, rich, and powerful, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and Man Booker International Prize, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a body in motion not only through space but through time.

Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey by Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante’s identity has been a mystery ever since she started writing; her identity is known only to her Italian publisher. 

Frantumaglia is an invitation to Elena Ferrante’s workshop and offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk—those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of the Neapolitan Novels, the New York Times–bestselling “enduring masterpiece” (The Atlantic).

This book is a collection of essays and interviews in which Ferrante proves that she is one of the greatest writers of our time.

The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada

Japanese author Yoko Tawada brings readers in a dreamlike story of filial love and glimmering hope, set in a future where the old live almost-forever and children’s lives are too brief.

A relatively short novel enveloped with strangeness and nature’s revenge for humanity’s recklessness, The Last Children of Tokyo is a timely read; a book one can resonate with especially during this pandemic.

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

Breasts and Eggs is a story that has a little bit of everything: wry humor, riveting emotional depth, and an intriguing prose style. On a hot summer’s day in a poor suburb of Tokyo, we meet three women: 30-year-old Natsuko, her older sister Makiko, and Makiko’s teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing about the loss of her looks, has travelled to Tokyo in search of breast enhancement surgery.

Relentlessly and bluntly written, Mieko Kawakami generously talks about the role of women in postmodern society in New York Times’ Notable Book of 2020, Breasts and Eggs.

Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Another work of art by Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale. 

Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Snarky and quirky, this book is also a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

Looking for more books by women in translation? Head over to the Fully Booked Women In Translation collection on our website to find your next great read. 

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