A Very Incomplete List of Books by Women in Translation in 2020 [#WITMonth]

I know that I’m a day behind—trying to make up for that right now—but my goal for Women in Translation Month 2020 is to post something each and every day of the month related to this topic. I’m inviting any and all readers, translators, publishers to contribute to this and, with a lot of luck a bit of work, we should have a full month of lists, reviews, interviews, video readings, excerpts, and the like. And, hopefully, not all from me. (But if need be, I can totally knock out 31 days of recommendations, responses, and data breakdowns.)

For this first kick off post though, I’m going to cheat a bit. Keeping up with the Translation Database during COVID-19 has been so tricky. We don’t get mail, I’m trying to enter in books based on iPage searches, PW reviews, email, and Twitter references, so I know this list is totally incomplete. (If you want to help me out—please! I need soooo much help right now—feel free to add all missing titles here.) But, here’s what I have, at this moment, for 2020 works of fiction and poetry in translation that were written by women. (Later in the month, I’ll run a list of all books translated by women, but I want to fill out my database more first.)


title auth-first auth-last trnsl-first trnsl-last publisher language
Three Apples Fell from the Sky Narine Abgaryan Lisa Hayden Oneworld Russian
Our Riches Kaouther Adimi Chris Andrews New Directions French
Long Petal of the Sea Isabel Allende Nick Caistor Ballantine Spanish
Cockfight Maria Fernanda Ampuero Frances Riddle Feminist Press Spanish
Tropic of Violence Nathacha Appanah Geoffrey Strachan Graywolf French
86–Eighty-Six, Vol. 4: Under Pressure Asato Asato Roman Lempert Yen On Japanese
Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree Shokoofeh Azar Shokoofeh Azar Europa Editions Farsi
Strange Country Muriel Barbery Alison Anderson Europa Editions French
This Little Family Ines Bayard Adriana Hunter Other Press French
Tender Is the Flesh Agustina Bazterrica Sarah Moses Scribner Spanish
Teacher Michal Ben-Naftali Daniella Zamir Open Letter Hebrew
Searching for Sam Sophie Bienvenu Rhonda Mullins Talonbooks French
Amora Natalia Borges Polesso Julia Sanches AmazonCrossing Portuguese
Book of Anna Carmen Boullosa Samantha Schnee Coffee House Spanish
Antonio Beatriz Bracher Adam Morris New Directions Portuguese
Summer of Reckoning Marion Brunet Katherine Gregor Bitter Lemon French
Slum Virgin Gabriela Cabezon Camara Frances Riddle Charco Press Spanish
Binder of Lost Stories Cristina Caboni Patricia Hampton AmazonCrossing Italian
I Live in the Slums Xue Can Karen Gernant Yale University Press Chinese
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Nam-Joo Cho Jamie Chang Liveright Korean
Just After the Wave Sandrine Collette Alison Anderson Europa Editions French
Belle Creole Maryse Conde Nicole Simek University of Virginia Press French
Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana Maryse Conde Richard Philcox World Editions French
Include Me Out Maria Sonia Cristoff Katherine Silver Transit Books Spanish
Memory of Babel Christelle Dabos Hildegarde Serle Europa Editions French
Syta’s Harem and Pharaoh’s Lover Jane de La Vaudere Brian Stableford Snuggly French
Her Name Was Sarah Pauline Delabroy-Allard Adriana Hunter Other Press French
They Say Sarah Pauline Delabroy-Allard Adriana Hunter Other Press French
Vernon Subutex 2 Virginie Despentes Frank Wynne FSG French
Real Life Adeline Dieudonne Roland Glasser World Editions French
In the Trenches Tatiana Dubinskaya Julia Lemberskiy University of Nebraska Russian
Artificial Light Petra Durst-Benning Edwin Miles AmazonCrossing German
Photographer’s Saga Petra Durst-Benning Edwin Miles AmazonCrossing German
Tenant Katrine Engberg ?? ?? Simon & Schuster Danish
Strange Woman Leyla Erbil Nermin Menemencioglu Deep Vellum Turkish
Animals at the End of the World Gloria Susana Esquivel Robin Myers University of Texas Spanish
Lying Life of Adults Elena Ferrante Ann Goldstein Europa Editions Italian
Imago Stage Karoline Georges Rhonda Mullins Coach House Books French
Roxy Esther Gerritsen Michele Hutchison World Editions Dutch
Trying Not To Love You Amabile Giusti Hillary Locke Montlake Italian
Blood Song Johana Gustawsson David Warriner Orenda French
Bluebeard’s First Wife Seong-Nan Ha Janet Hong Open Letter Korean
Eighth Life Nino Haratischvili Charlotte Collins Scribe German
Slash and Burn Claudia Hernandez Julia Sanches And Other Stories Spanish
Long Live the Post Horn Vigdis Hjorth Charlotte Barslund Verso Norwegian
Quarry Celia Houdart K. E. Gormley Dalkey Archive French
Made in Saturn Rita Indiana Sydney Hutchinson And Other Stories Spanish
Girl in the Tree Sebnem Isiguzel Mark David Wyers AmazonCrossing Turkish
Seven Years of Darkness You-Jeong Jeong Chi-Young Kim Penguin Korean
Vagabonds Hao Jingfang Ken Liu Saga Chinese
Death on the Beach Anna Johannsen Jozef van der Voort Thomas & Mercer German
High As the Water Rise Anja Kampmann Anne Posten Catapult German
Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami Sam Bett Europa Editions Japanese
My Devotion Julia Kerninon Alison Anderson Europa Editions French
Great Homecoming Anna Kim Jamie Lee Searle Granta German
b, Book, and Me Sagwa Kim Sunhee Jeong Two Lines Press Korean
Grove Esther Kinsky Caroline Schmidt Transit Books German
Helios Disaster Linda Bostrom Knausgard Rachel Willson-Broyles World Editions Swedish
Disaster Tourist Yun Ko-Eun Lizzie Bueler Counterpoint Korean
Golden Cage Camilla Lackberg Neil Smith Knopf Swedish
Single Swallow Zhang Ling Shelly Bryant AmazonCrossing Chinese
Woman Who Killed the Fish Clarice Lispector Benjamin Moser New Directions Portuguese
End of the Ocean Maja Lunde Diane Oatley HarperVia Norwegian
Empress Laura Martínez-Belli Simon Bruni AmazonCrossing Spanish
Tell Me What You Want–Or Leave Me Megan Maxwell Achy Obejas AmazonCrossing Spanish
Hurricane Season Fernanda Melchor Sophie Hughes New Directions Spanish
Four by Four Sara Mesa Katie Whittemore Open Letter Spanish
Tokyo Ueno Station Yu Miri Morgan Giles Riverhead Japanese
Earthlings Sayaka Murata Ginny Tapley Takemori Grove Japanese
Bezoar: And Other Unsettling Stories Guadalupe Nettel Suzanne Jill Levine Seven Stories Press Spanish
Miss Iceland Audur Ava Olafsdottir Brian Fitzgibbon Black Cat Icelandic
Aosawa Murders Riku Onda Alison Watts Bitter Lemon Japanese
Hole Hiroko Oyamada David Boyd New Directions Japanese
Fresh Water for Flowers Valerie Perrin Hildegarde Serle Europa Editions French
Garden of Monsters Lorenza Pieri Liesl Schillinger Europa Editions Italian
Pine Islands Marion Poschmann Jen Calleja Coach House Books German
Law of Lines Hye-young Pyun Sora Kim-Russell Arcade Korean
Shattered Portrait Alice Quinn Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies AmazonCrossing French
Bitch Pilar Quintana Lisa Dillman World Editions Spanish
Divine Boys Laura Restrepo Carolina De Robertis AmazonCrossing Spanish
Discomfort of Evening Marieke Lucas Rijneveld Michele Hutchison Graywolf Dutch
Cars on Fire Monica Ramon Rios Robin Myers Open Letter Spanish
Garden by the Sea Merce Rodoreda Maruxa Relano Open Letter Catalan
My Favorite Girlfriend Was a French Bulldog Legna Rodriguez Iglesias Megan McDowell McSweeney’s Books Spanish
Blue Flowers Carola Saavedra Daniel Hahn Riverhead Portuguese
Silence of the White City Eva Garcia Saenz Nick Caistor Black Lizard Spanish
Beside Myself Sasha Marianna Salzmann Imogen Taylor Other Press German
Inventory of Losses Judith Schalansky Jackie Smith New Directions German
Girls Lost Jessica Schiefauer Saskia Vogel Deep Vellum Swedish
Little Eyes Samanta Schweblin Megan McDowell Riverhead Spanish
It’s Raining in Moscow Zsuzsa Selyem Erika Mihalycsa Contra Mundum Press Hungarian
Only Child Mi-ae Seo Jung Yewon Ecco Korean
Minor Detail Adania Shibli Elisabeth Jaquette New Directions Arabic
Cage Lilja Sigurdardottir Quentin Bates Orenda Icelandic
Absolution Yrsa Sigurdardottir Victoria Cribb Minotaur Icelandic
In the Name of Truth Viveca Sten Marlaine Delargy AmazonCrossing Swedish
Abigail Magda Szabo Len Rix New York Review Books Hungarian
Country for Dying Abdellah Taia Emma Ramadan Seven Stories Press French
Toradora! (Light Novel) Vol. 10 Yuyoka Takemiya Jan Cash Seven Seas Japanese
Toradora! (Light Novel) Vol. 9 Yuyoka Takemiya Jan Cash Seven Seas Japanese
Three Streets Yoko Tawada Margaret Mitsutani New Directions Japanese
Farewell, Ghosts Nadia Terranova Ann Goldstein Seven Stories Press Italian
Love Story of the Century Marta Tikkanen Stina Katchadourian Deep Vellum Finnish
Hard Rain Irma Venter Elsa Silke AmazonCrossing Afrikaans
Decent Family Rosa Ventrella Ann Goldstein AmazonCrossing Italian
Frightened Ones Dima Wannous Elisabeth Jaquette Knopf Arabic
Elly Maike Wetzel Lyn Marven Scribe German
Many People Die Like You Lina Wolff Saskia Vogel And Other Stories Swedish
After the Third Bell Oksana Zabuzhko Halyna Hryn AmazonCrossing Ukrainian
In the Shadow of the Storm Ella Zeiss Helen MacCormac Lake Union Publishing German



title auth-first auth-last trnsl-first trnsl-last publisher language
Revolt Against the sun Nazik al-Mala’ika Emily Drumstra Saqi Arabic
Raised by Wolves Amang Steve Bradbury Phoneme Books Chinese
Sense Violence Helena Boberg Johannes Goransson Black Ocean Swedish
Spawn Marie-Andree Gill Kristen Renee Miller Book*hug French
Breathing Technique Marija Knezevic Sibelan Forrester Zephyr Press Serbian
At an Hour’s Sleep from Here Franca Mancinelli John Taylor Bitter Oleander Press Italian
Earth’s Horizons Michele Metail Marcella Durand Black Square Editions French
Before a Mirror, The City Nancy Morejon David Frye White Pine Spanish
Truffle Eye Vaan Nguyen Adriana Jacobs Zephyr Press Hebrew
Still Life with Defeats Tatiana Orono Jesse Lee Kercheval White Pine Spanish

This is embarrassing to me. I know that I’m missing a TON of books—especially in the last half of the year. By the end of the month, these lists will be much closer to complete—I promise. But for now, if you’re looking for a new #WIT book to read this month, this list is a decent enough starting place!

More analysis to come next weekend, but for the rest of this week, let’s actually talk about specific books.

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