2021 books in translation reading challenge


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I haven’t participated in this challenge for several years.
So far, as I prepare this post, I have read 17 books in translation in 2020 (plus 28 books in French), so this is not really a challenge. I’m joining more for the social aspect and connecting with other readers of world literature.
So am shooting for the Linguist Level = 10+, I wish there were a higher level.

I will be updating the list here as I go along.
I start the year with the Japanese Literature Challenge, so by the end of March, I should already have read 9 books in translation.

The links will send you to my review

  1. The Book of Psalms
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 1/6/21
  2. The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima
    translated from the Japanese
    by Meredith Weatherby
    finished on 1/16/21
  3. Some Prefer Nettles, by Junichiro Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese
    by Edward G. Seidensticker
    finished on 1/22/21
  4. The Book of Job
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 1/23/21
  5. N.P., by Banana Yoshimoto
    translated from the Japanese
    by Ann Sherif
    finished on 1/25/2021
  6. In Praise of Shadows, by Junichiro Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese
    by Edward G. Seidensticker
    and Thomas J. Harper
    finished on 2/4/21
  7. The Book of Proverbs
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 2/8/21
  8.  A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, by Junichirō Tanizaki
    translated by Paul McCarthy
    finished on 2/9/21
  9. The Half-Finished Heavenby Tomas Tranströmer
    translated from the Swedish
    by Robert Bly
    finished on 2/13/21
  10. Dans l’œil du démon / Devils in Daylight, by Junichirō Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese into French by Patrick Honoré and Ryoko Sekiguchi
    finished on 2/13/21
  11. The Book of Ecclesiastes
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 2/27/21
  12. The Book of the Song of Songs
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 3/1/21

Recap of languages translated from:
Hebrew: 5
Japanese: 6
Swedish: 1

51 thoughts on “2021 books in translation reading challenge

      • That’s fine. I love reading books from all around the world, so I’m sure I’ll find a book or two (or three, or four …). Maybe you’ll also find some international ones on my page.

        Happy New Year!


        • I’m sure. What’s your blog? It doesn’t show on your ID when you comment, it only shows your email address. I suggest you change your ID, so it’s easier for readers to find your blog when you leave a comment somewhere


          • Thanks for letting me know. The trouble is, my blog is with blogspot and when I comment on your posts, I get asked to log in with WordPress (which I don’t have), Twitter (which I also don’t have) or Facebook. Don’t know how to change that because if it doesn’t show on your page, it also doesn’t show on other blogs like that. 😞

            But for the time being, this is my blog.


          • Hmm, I didn’t realize you needed that type of sign up to comment, I’ll see if there’s anything I can change on my side. But I can see that you did manage to change your comment ID, now you blog url does show on the comment ID


          • Well, it seems to work now. Let me know if you can’t get to my blog from this comment. Thanks.


          • So sorry for that. I have no idea what to do other than leaving my link directly when I comment on your page. I just wonder how many other people have that problem when I comment on their WordPress page and never told me. ;(


          • well, maybe others don’t bother taking time to visit bloggers who commented, but for me it’s courtesy. But I do know commenters who automatically post their homepage link on their comment. Good idea, you will get more visitors this way


          • I will probably have to do that. And you are right, some people never answer. But I’m the happier with those who do. Because it usually means we have similar interests and they make the effort to get back to you.

            I know there are people who don’t like it if you always answer with a link but I guess they will either understand or not comment anyway.

            Marianne @ Let’s Read


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  2. I like the sound of this and if I hadn’t already signed up for a European Reading Challenge I might have joined you. I shall just watch with interest what you read – no doubt it will mean I add more books to my wishlist……


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