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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A recent book haul

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I’ve been on an absolute book buying spree this month. I actually had to cut back on how many books I included because this is actually only a small amount of the ones i’ve bought… oops.

Many of them I don’t actually know what they’re really about, as I prefer to go into novels blind, but I’ve tried to speak about the synopses the best I can at this stage!

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What Emma Read: The Power by Naomi Alderman

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First impressions before reading the book

I knew the jist of the story, and by that I mean I knew what I’d read on the back of the book. A couple of my coworkers had actually told me about it, either through reading it themselves or being told about it from someone else, so although I didn’t know too much of what to expect, I wasn’t going into it totally blind like I usually do. It also won the Baileys Womens Prize for fiction, which raised my expectations a little.

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What Emma Read: The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

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First impressions before reading the book

I actually picked this book from my kindle, pretty much at random. I originally thought it might be sci-fi for some reason, but after a quick Google search I realised it was actually alternative history based. I also knew it was an Amazon tv series, but I haven’t watched it, so I literally went into this blind. Completely blind.

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