Before the Coffee Gets Cold book review | Fiction in Translation

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As I announced at the end of last year and earlier this month, I am committing myself to reading (at least) one translated novel each month.

To help with this, I’ve created a TBR list which lays out each of the books I’ll be reading throughout the year, in case anyone would like to join in.

This month, my book was Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot.

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Fiction in Translation | a year’s TBR

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As I have mentioned in my previous post, this year I’m starting a project which will see me read at least one dedicated translated work of fiction each month. If you haven’t read my introduction, you can give it a skim here before getting on with the books, or if you’re just here to see some of my TBR for the year, keep reading.

Each month, I’ve picked a different book, translated from a different language, which I’ll be reading in that month.

At the end of the month, I’ll have a dedicated post to speak about it in a separate book review.

The only rule for this I’ve set myself is that each of the 12 books I’ve chosen have to be translated from a different language. I’ve tried to vary the genres as well, just to keep it different.

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Fiction in translation | a new series

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Hello, and welcome to my new series, which looks at translated fiction novels, and the importance of reading outside of our own countries. This is a longer read to introduce what I’m on about, but there will be a book post coming after this to accompany this!

I don’t consciously force myself to pick up translated books when I’m at the library or bookstore, but I am trying to make more of an effort to push myself to read books which were originally written in a language other than my native one, which is English.

This year I feel like I’ve made real progress in both the books I’m reading, and the ones I’m picking up on a whim.

With that being said, obviously I don’t read nearly enough outside of English works, and it’s something I’m going to try and focus on for the future.

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