Getting the word out

Date Published: August 21, 2021

Do you have a favourite work of translated fiction? Perhaps one that you wish more people had heard of? I’m always on the look out for titles to stock and welcome input from visitors to my website and social media channels. I love discovering new books and authors so leave me a comment below to say what you’ve read and why you love it and you might just see it on the shelf soon.

Oh, and I’ll start by telling you mine! It is Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk which I first came across in 2019. I lent it to several friends and relatives and it was interesting to hear their varying responses to this rather quirky mystery story set in the remote Polish countryside.

And the novel which gave me the inspiration to start this website was Umberto Eco’s The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, a later and lesser known Eco, but a novel that has the love of books, and especially the child’s love of reading, at its heart. I have a first edition of the original Italian version, the only first edition I possess!

Image of cover of 'La misteriosa fiamma della regina loana by Umberto Eco, Italian language Edition


  1. Charles Klingman

    A truly wonderful book is <> by Buddhadeva Bose, tr. by the amazing Arunava Sinha.

    • Charles Klingman

      The book title — My Kind of Girl — seems to have been deleted.

      • Claire Taylor

        Hi Charles, that sounds fascinating and is definitely going on my list of titles to get hold of. Thanks so much for your suggestion, this will be my first foray into Bengali literature.


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