Translated Fiction

Translated Fiction

Japanese Fiction

Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami

The entire novel focuses on Noriko as she struggles with learning her place in her secretive family. By keeping the novel limited to Noriko’s perspective this effectively heightened the tense atmosphere in the novel. I especially loved how we witness Noriko develop over the course of the novel.… Continue reading →

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

After reading Earthlings and loving it, I immediately bought Convenience Store Woman as I just wanted to experience more of Murata’s writing. This book has left me feeling the same way and I’m quite disappointed that not more of her work has been translated into English!… Continue reading →

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Typically, I don’t tend to reach for a crime or thriller novel. Whilst I have read many good books in the genre, it isn’t one that I find myself eager to pick up. I treated myself to the Penguin Vintage Classics Japanese Series (which I thoroughly recommend in itself), which is how I came across Out, which I may have missed otherwise!… Continue reading →


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Other Translated Fiction

Odin’s Child by Siri Pettersen

I adore Norse mythology and anything related to it, so I was particularly intrigued by how mythology would influence this story – particularly because of how ‘the children of Odin’ are viewed as ‘the rot’, which isn’t something I’ve come across before.… Continue reading →

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez

So, we all know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but when I saw this pop up on Twitter I knew I just had to have it. I was unsettled yet intrigued by the disturbing cover, even more so when I read the blurb… and even more so when I read the book.… Continue reading →

Blog Tour – The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou

This was such an interesting concept and take on the dystopian genre, it was so mysterious and gripping as information about this society and this world is slowly fed to you over the course of the novel. You’re not even told who the protagonist is until a couple of chapters in. I really liked this feeling of already being involved in the world, the idea that this is something that has been going on for a while and is no longer out of the norm for the protagonist to feel the need to tell us about it explicitly. … Continue reading →


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