The [International] Reading List

Below is an ever growing list of international fiction & poetry that I’ve either reviewed here or plan to read. I am definitely open for suggestions and encourage you to leave them in the comments section of this page. Any and all countries, genres, etc. are welcome! One of the purposes of Acid Free Pulp is to bring attention to more works in translation because of our dearth of foreign literature in the US. So, bring it on! Contemporary or classic, literature or mainstream, poetry or prose, there is no limit. If you are interested in acquiring any of these works, please visit the International Reading List Store and enjoy!

in no particular order…

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  1. Here’s a couple:
    The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe
    A Very Long Engagement, Sabastien Japrisot

    I know you already have Calvino on your list, but If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler is one of my favorites.

  2. Nice list. I’ve read a few of those. You should also try Italo Calvino’s other works: The Cloven Viscount, and The Baron in the Trees – they are part of a trilogy of sorts. Very interesting.

    Also, how about some Haruki Murakami? I’ve only read 1Q84, but I recommend you look into it if you haven’t already.

    I recently bought Mo Yan’s (2012 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Red Sorhum and will be reading it very soon.

    Good luck!

  3. I would recommend Jose Saramago, Portuguese writer. I’ve only read two out of many books he’s written, but I found his style captivating. ‘Blindness’ was bleak, but thrilling, while ‘The Elephant’s Journey’ – wonderful, whimsical and full of warmth.

    1. Thanks for the recs. I’ve heard good things about Saramago. I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by him. I’ve heard of Blindness, which I believe was made into a movie and The Elephant’s Journey looks intriguing. They’ll be added to the list soon.

  4. Thank you for sharing your international books in translation list. I was particularly pleased to see The Shadow of the Wind on the list, and your feelings for it, revealed in the review, are shared by me. It’s a book I often recommend.

  5. We could really blow-up your list with hundreds of excellent titles but I’ll just comment that the selections you show are mostly contemporary so I highly recommend you look into the 19th century authors and add Balzac, Zola, Flaubert, Fontana, Mann, Hesse, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, and on and on and on.

    You also will do yourself a huge favor by investigating the writers from South America.

    1. Thanks, Mike! I’ve read half of your suggestions already, but I hope to maybe get some of the classics up here eventually. I’ve been on a contemporary slant as of late and no continent shall be left behind. I also hope to have some South American writers up in the next few months (there is a new Lispector translation I am interested in). And although you didn’t mention it, I do have Asian selections coming soon, too.

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