It’s important to not only read diverse voices locally but globally. Translated literature is vital to the ever-growing expanse of our minds and hearts. The books in this bundle show the breadth and depth of books coming out outside of the U.S. and they are international treasures.
Our Remarkable Reads In Translation Bundle includes:
- Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country by Cristina Rivera Garza translated by Sarah Booker
Grieving defies genre. It’s memoir, part essay, part poetry, part cultural critique of how systemic violence affects a nation. It’s a meditation on collective and personal grief and how we heal. Written by 2020 MacArthur Fellow Cristina Rivera Garza, buyer Michelle calls this an “urgent work that tells us more about generational trauma than anything I’ve ever read. It was surprising how much I learned about myself while reading this book. Rivera Garza peels back unknown places within ourselves in her writing.”
- The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun translated by Lizzie Buehler
The Disaster Tourist is at turns comic and insightful. When Yona, a designer for “disaster tours” travels to a remote island she starts a disaster of her own. Backlist buyer and bookseller Dan says, “This book brilliantly peels back the layers of ecotourism, capitalism, and all the ways we are complicit in creating catastrophes. A shocking, thought-provoking book that's also a great read”
- Ornamental by Juan Cárdenas translated by Lizzie Davis
Ornamental is a mind-bending novel about a doctor, his wife and his patient and how an experimental drug upends the carefully constructed lies they created. Buyer Michelle calls this “a novel of excess and desire and a critique of late capitalism that is darkly comic, a little absurd and extremely profound.”