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Review Round-Up: Reading Allies Recommend Books Translated From Another Language

Review Round-Up: Reading Allies Recommend Books Translated From Another Language

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My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura

Review by Joefel (@fictionbyhim)

My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura is an intricate revenge story that was hard striking and mind-blowing. I highly recommend this book because it's highly dramatic with its sharp dark atmosphere.   


In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Review by Meniah (@athoughtfulrecord)

In this autobiography, Lahiri bares herself as she learns a new language which is both humbling and intimate. Despite being established as a novelist, she willingly challenged herself to begin writing in Italian, a language she fell in love with as a young woman. Reading this taught me of the power of one's passion and/for lifelong learning. 


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Review by Jeca (@mayumireads)

This book was translated into many languages and is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. The story and graphics were portrayed like in children’s literature. But it’s only a facade. This book has an in-depth understanding of the world. It reminds us to see beyond what our eyes can see and notice the simple things in life that we often ignore as children. 


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Review by Bea (@beamasalunga)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the best nordic noir books that I've read. The story is captivating and intense. I was on the edge of my seat as the events unfold. Lisbeth Salander became my all-time favorite heroine for fighting misogynists. Truly an icon. 


I Decided To Live As Me by Soo-Hyun Kim

Review by Mai (@maydevoursbooks)

I love its sweet words & sometimes savage illustrations!! I get to know more about Korean culture and how it has similarities to Philippine culture (which I can really relate to). This is also my company while studying for the board exam. It gives me reprieve and comfort. A perfect go-to whenever you're having a bad day or you want a warm cup of choco in book form.


Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli

Review by tine (@coffeebooksrepeat)

Valeria Luiselli is one of those writers who have been on your TBR list for so long that you have acquired their books but never gotten your way around reading them. 

Sidewalks is a tiny book that is merely a little over a hundred pages but has the power to remind you when you need some reminding or to kick you whenever you need some kicking. The latter works pretty well when the former doesn’t, albeit figuratively.

It is composed of 10 parts where Valeria wrote her thoughts about just the most random of stuff that she could connect to places, names, or phrases.

This collection by Luiselli reminded me of Clarice Lispector’s Selected Cronicas. Some were funny, some were like hard pills to swallow, and some were like warm embraces reminding you it’s okay to hoard books. 

My favorite chapter was Stuttering Cities. I loved how Valeria made descriptions of streets and building entrances so simple, yet so real, so relatable. While I hail and currently reside in a tiny city in the southern part of the Philippines, I love visiting the metro for holidays, and unknown to my friends, I love looking at old buildings and traveling along old streets, not for their history, especially not for the horrendous traffic, but their structure in contrast to the new and modern ones. Probably the reason why that Metro Manila loop drive we did last April is one of my favorites for 2022. 

Cities usually tell stories through lamp posts, potholes, drainage, public transport, and sidewalks, if we care to listen.


Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

C (@buntonghiningaph)

This book is the perfect mixture of gothic, horror, historical, romance, and even steampunk. It's hard to categorize it in one genre but what I love most about it are the ambience, loveable characters, and the bittersweet ending. I read it years ago and it's still one of my favourites until now. I hope more people know about this book because it is so underrated. 


The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami

Review by Sharmaine (@sjm.kindlegram)

I recommend this book as this book is very interesting, it's full of life experiences in different aspects of love and different age, it has ten different stories told by the ten women in Mr. Nishino's life, you'll get to read Mr. Nishino's love story as he falls in love with different women, this is such a heartwarming book full of lessons, it's sad and painful but in a very good way, this is a must-read book, very very interesting.


The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Review by Kath (@meowreadsss)

Told through three different POVs which were never the main character's voice, The Vegetarian is more than just about not consuming meat. If you dig deep enough, you'll see that it zeroes in on how we all live in a man's world and how women, regardless of the sacrifices that we make, suffer the repercussions the most if we don't conform to society's expectations. The Vegetarian serves as an allegory for our yearning for a world that values us for who we really are and not for what it wants us to be.


Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Review by Sandra Isabel (@readsandramble)

After I finished reading Before The Coffee Gets Cold, I knew I had to read this one immediately. Tales From The Café is a gem, and I’m glad I picked this up on one of Fully Booked’s shelves last year. This gave proper closure to every cliffhanger in book one, and I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t shed a tear on this book because I bawled my eyes out from start to finish! This book will make you cry but will comfort you at the same time. I became addicted to English-translated Japanese literature because of this series, and I can’t wait to read the third book sometime this year.


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