2021 International Booker shortlisted translator Mark Polizzotti's translated fiction recommendations

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The Sailor From Gibraltar

Marguerite Duras

11,99 鈧 11,15 鈧

Translated by Barbara Bray. This early novel, predating the acerbic compression of Duras鈥檚 final books, already explores the preoccupations 鈥 of loneliness, obsession, and the intricacies of real and imagined relationships 鈥 that haunt her later writings. For years, it was my CliffsNotes on the beauties, dangers, and perplexities of love.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

Translated by Gregory Rabassa. The first time I finished this novel, I stared at the wall for half an hour, unable to remember where I was 鈥 so powerful and all-absorbing is the alternate reality that Garc铆a M谩rquez conjures, and that Rabassa magnificently conveys. This is in every way a dual masterpiece.

Cockroaches

Scholastique Mukasonga

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Translated by Jordan Stump. Anyone who doesn鈥檛 believe simplicity can carry moral authority should read Mukasonga. Brief, unadorned, but redolent with the magic of truths uniquely seen and straightforwardly expressed in all their understated tragedy and irony, her books do what writing does at its best: they open another world and, compellingly, compassionately, invite us in.

A Void

Georges Perec

10,99 鈧 10,22 鈧

Translated by Gilbert Adair. This dark, brilliant whodunit, 鈥渃hock-full of plots and subplots, of trails in pursuit of trails,鈥 mixing autobiographical anguish with linguistic occultation 鈥 and containing not a hint of our most common typographical sign, e 鈥 abounds in adroit adaptations and circumlocutions by both author and translator, and is an out-and-out thrill.

Cathay: A Critical Edition

Ezra Pound

22,99 鈧

As execrable in his politics as he was exquisite in his linguistic choices, Pound was a one-person graduate seminar in the art of translation: inventive, adventurous, cunning, wise, and sometimes off-the-wall. The Cathay poems in particular delicately meld Eastern and Western sensibilities, both 鈥渕aking it new鈥 and showing how literature can lift us above even our worst selves.

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Gilles Deleuze y Felix Guattari

160,00 鈧

Translated by Brian Massumi. A complete mind-bender of a book. It rewired my brain.