Women in Translation month (#WITMonth) is being hosted by Biblibio. She has set up an enviable optional schedule of different posts and themes for the whole month over on her blog – do go and visit. I do intend to read a couple of fitting novels this month if I can, but I will also enjoy seeing all the posts around the blogosphere.
However, I thought at the outset that I should do a quick totting up of all the women in translation I’ve read since starting this blog nearly six yrs ago (shamelessly copying the idea from David’s own such list). Don’t worry – or rather should I say, sadly – the list doesn’t go on for very long, (the links go back to my original reviews) …
- Barbal, Maria: Stone in a landslide (Catalan)
- Barbery, Muriel: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (French)
- Davidsdottir, Vilborg: On the Cold Coast (Icelandic)
- Ferrante, Elena: Troubling Love (Italian)
- Fortes, Susanna: Waiting for Robert Capa (Spanish)
- Funke, Cornelia: The Thief Lord (German)
- Grémillon, Hélène: The Confidant (French)
- Ingelman-Sundberg, Catharine: The Little Old Woman Who Broke All The Rules (Swedish)
- Mazetti, Katarina: Benny and Shrimp (Swedish)
- Nemirovsky, Irene: The Courilof Affair (French)
- Nothumb, Amelie: The Book of Proper Names (French)
- Ogawa, Yoko: The Housekeeper & the Professor and Hotel Iris (Japanese)
- Olmi, Veronique: Beside the Sea (French)
- Profijt, Jutta: Morgue Drawer Next Door (German)
- Schalansky, Judith: The Giraffe’s Neck (German)
- Vargas, Fred: The Three Evangelists (French)
- Von Droste-Hülshoff, Annette: The Jew’s Beech (German)
Just 17 in nearly six years, and all European except for Yoko Ogawa. Something to remedy a little this month. I thought there would be more crime in my list, but I didnt’ include the husband and wife team of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, or one Icelandic crime novel I didn’t finish. I was glad to be able to include one children’s novel (Funke) in the list – but it remains the only book I’ve read of hers. Nationalities-wise, French authors just pip German to the post for quantity.
My plans are to read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, and its sequel if I have time, plus The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino which has been sitting beside my bed for several months now.
Are you joining in at all?