World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2020, by Michelle Johnson

Lit Lists Literary translation’s 2020 story is one of abundance and adaptation. Like most books published this year, dozens of new translations were published during a global pandemic. Events quickly moved from bookstores to Zoom. Writers and translators adapted, participating in virtual book tours, online conversations, Facebook live readings, and even virtual literary festivals. We gathered online to celebrate these new English translations and receive the community and comfort we could find there. Some of 2020’s new translations dealt directly with the pandemic. Fang Fang’s Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City, translated by Michael Berry, provided an eyewitness account of Wuhan’s seventy-six-day lockdown. And in And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again, fifty-two writers worldwide provided pandemic dispatches from more than thirty countries. Other books, like Sara Mesa’s Four by Four, translated by Katie Whittemore, and Guido Morselli’s Dissipatio H.D.: The Vanishing, translated by Frederika Randall, tapped into our sense of isolation. The pandemic even wound its way into reviews. In her review of Nino Haratischvili’s The Eighth Life (for Brilka), Apala Bhowmick wrote, “As I write this review, confined to a bedroom at my parents’ house, riding out our time till the virus is halted, reading this book provided a strange comfort and a rooted, substantial sense of affirmation that not all hope is lost. Not as long... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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