75 Notable Translations 2013


The 2013 calendar year was packed with literary translation news. At least two new publishers entered the field: Frische & Co. published its first e-books, and New Vessel Press brought out its first titles. In addition to bringing out the twentieth volume in its translation anthology series, Two Lines’ new book publishing arm published its first titles. And the long-anticipated Library of Arabic Literature launched six more books, following its first offering in December 2012. These are the first in a series of thirty-five anticipated translations over the next five years. Similarly, working with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, Dalkey Archive launched its Library of Korean Literature, bringing out several titles.

In other news, Alison Anderson asked, “Where Are the Women in Translation?” rejuvenating a discussion of the underrepresentation of female translators in literary translation. Amazon topped the list as the US’s most prolific literary translation publisher, and Blackstone Audio brought out four audiobook translations of Gabriel García Márquez’s works. Adding to the critical field, Columbia University Press published In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means, a collection of essays edited by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky; Bloomsbury published Michelle Woods’s Kafka Translated.

In our second annual list of “75 Notable Translations,” we again offer an admittedly incomplete collection of the year’s most exciting translations. We hope you’ll both find some new to-reads and comment on those we’ve missed. Tell us, too, which forthcoming titles you’re most eager to read in 2014—Susan Bernofsky’s new translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, perhaps?

We wish you peace and good reading in the new year.

  • Stargorod: A Novel in Many Voices

  • Baksheesh (A Kati Hirschel Istanbul Mystery)

  • Ten White Geese: A Novel

  • Cruel City: A Novel (Global African Voices)

  • Horses of God: A Novel

  • Reply to a Letter from Helga

  • The Unknown University

  • Mr Darwin's Gardener

  • Complete Plus: The Poems of C.P. Cavafy in English

  • 21:37

  • L'Amour

  • In a Single Breath

  • Hypothermia

  • Forest of A Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga

  • Leg over Leg: Volume One (Library of Arabic Literature)

  • Jade Mirror: Women Poets of China

  • The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two

  • La Vida Doble: A Novel (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

  • Milk and Other Stories

  • The End of Love

The Editors of WLT, World Literature Today, 75 Notable Translations 2013