South American magic-realism, Scandinavian crime, Japanese surrealism, Sudanese social realism, Greek lyric poems, Indian epics, Chinese hallucinatory dream quests… Literature is as wonderfully diverse as the individuals and cultures that create and shape it. And translation to English allows monolinguists to travel the globe, opening windows to view the world from distant perspectives. Here are some incredible translated works to stamp your literary passport.
The novel that has made 2 million readers happier! The story of one woman's inspirational journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfilment!
The ambitious major new novel from this internationally celebrated writer, on the scale of his bestselling 1Q84
During China's collectivist era in the late 1950s, a rural work team responsible for building an important floodgate receives a strange new recruit: Hei-hai, a skinny, silent and almost feral boy.
The brilliant new novel from the winners of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, José Eduardo Agualusa and his translator Daniel Hahn
A superb new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most frightening, strange and visionary short fiction.
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 One of the world’s great writers venturing into exciting new territory – a heartbreaking, visceral novel about a stand-up comedian
Amos Oz's first major novel in a decade – since A Tale of Love and Darkness, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide
A painfully honest confession, an addictive and controversial read, a stunning international success
Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk’s love letter to his native Istanbul.
The thrilling first book in the bestselling Harry Hole series, never before published in English
Beautiful new hardback edition including a ribbon, illustrated coloured endpapers and luscious finishes on the front - perfect for gifting at Christmas for new and existing TRAVELLING CAT fans.
Telling the story of the rise and fall of the town of Macondo and the generations of the Buendia family who found and then become trapped in it, One Hundred Years of Solitude is both tragic and comic, intimate and epic.
An epic novel of love, war and revolution from Mikhail Sholokhov, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Books for the independent masters of self-control born 22 December – 19 January.
Books for the open-minded, philosophical enthusiasts born 22 November – 21 December.
Books for the assertive, resourceful decision-makers born 23 October – 21 November.