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Litro Magazine: Top Ten Women's Books in Translation

Date: Apr 11 2015

On Tuesday 14th April 2015, Litro Magazine will continue the launch of its Mexico issue in translation, hosting a seminar at the 2015 London Book Fair. Chairing the seminar will be Jennifer Clement, guest editor of the Mexico issue. Joining her will be Aline Davidoff, President of PEN Mexico, and poet Natalia Toledo. They will speak on the health of Mexican literature, writing away from home, the state of women’s books in translation, and much more in between. Ahead of this we asked Polish novelist A.M Bakalar to pick her list of 10 Women’s Books in Translation You Should Be Reading. From the tragic recollections of student life during the 1980s political revolt in South Korea to the hypnotic stories of people’s resilience by Marie NDiaye - if you’d like to know more about women’s books in translation, this is where to start.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (2014). Translated by Ann Goldstein. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay is the third instalment of Ferrante’s much-loved Neapolitan novels, the final will be published later this year for which I cannot wait. Ferrante is a compelling author, and here she excels at the captivating portrayal of a female friendship and the Italian family.