olga grjasnowa

Ich wollte mich an alles erinnern, an sein Gesicht und an seinen Körper. Ich wollte keinesfalls vergessen, wie er mich in seinen Armen hielt, wie sich seine Lippen auf meiner Haut anfühlten, wie er lächelte und wie wir nebeneinander einschliefen und wie wir abends telefonierten, wenn wir voneinander getrennt waren. Das Vergessen wurde zu meiner größten Angst.
—  ´Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt ´ , Olga Grjasnowa

In honor of Women in Translation Month, here’s a handful (okay, an armful) of fiction by women in translation that I’ve read over the past few years and recommend (Part 1):

- Umami.  Laia Jufresa [Spanish, Mexico]
- Pétronille.  Amélie Nothomb [French, Belgium]
- Fever Dream.  Samanta Schweblin [Spanish, Argentina]
- Seeing Red.  Lina Meruane [Spanish, Chile]
- Kuessipan.  Naomi Fontaine  [French, Indigenous Canada]
- Absent.  Betool Khedairi [Arabic, Iraq]
- Ru.  Kim Thúy [French, Canada/Vietnam]
- The Body Where I Was Born. Guadalupe Nettel [Spanish, Mexico]
- War, So Much War.  Mercè Rodoreda [Catalan, Catalonia/Spain]
- Summer’s End.  Adalet Ağaoğlu (6/20) [Turkish, Turkey]
- Landscape with Dog.  Ersi Sotiropoulos (9/16) [Greek, Greece]
- The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris.  Leïla Marouane (11/3) [French, Algeria]
- The Diving Pool. Yoko Ogawa (11/28) [Japanese, Japan]
- This Too Shall Pass. Milena Busquets (6/11) [Spanish, Spain]
- The Finno-Ugrian Vampire.  Noémi Szécsi [Hungarian, Hungary]
- Karate Chop.  Dorthe Nors ([Danish, Denmark]
- The Vegetarian.  Han Kang [Korean, South Korea]
- The Story of My Teeth.  Valeria Luiselli [Spanish, Mexico]
- Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio. Amara Lakhous [Italian, Italy]
- Why I Killed My Best Friend.  Amanda Michalopoulou [Greek, Greece]
- There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya [Russian, Russia]
- The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine.  Alina Bronsky [German, Russia/Germany]
- Please Look After Mom.  Kyung-Sook Shin [Korean, South Korea]
- My Brilliant Friend.  Elena Ferrante [Italian, Italy]
- Kassandra and the Wolf.  Margarita Karapanou [Greek, Greece]
- All Russians Love Birch Trees.  Olga Grjasnowa [German, Azerbaijan]
- Dear Shameless Death. Latife Tekin [Turkish, Turkey]