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2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Translated Literature #5

by Gunnhild Øyehaug & Kari Dickson

"Expansive, intimate, and filled to the brim with delight, Gunnhild Oyehaug's first novel is devoted to the unexpected connections between lonesome individuals, mundane rituals, jellyfish, death, oversized men's...


Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

by Dorthe Nors & Misha Hoekstra

A smart, witty novel of driving lessons and vertigo, short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize

Sonja is ready to get on with her life. She’s over forty now, and the Swedish crime novels she translates...


Encircling 2

by Carl Frode Tiller

Encircling 2 continues Carl Frode Tiller’s “poised and effective Rashomon-style exploration of multiple psyches” (Kirkus Reviews)

Book two of The Encircling Trilogy continues piecing together the fractured...


The Invention of Ana

by Mikkel Rosengaard

A New York Times Paperback Row Editor's Choice

Combining the infectious narration of Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl, the philosophical lyricism of Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, and the mesmerizing power...


The Endless Summer

by Madame Nielsen & Gaye Kynoch

Subtitled “A Requiem,” The Endless Summer opens from the perspective of a “young boy, who is perhaps a girl, but does not yet know it.” With a Proustian charm, this digressive, cinematic love story about...


One Station Away

by Olaf Olafsson

From the critically acclaimed Olaf Olafsson, an intimate yet sweeping story of a New York neurologist and the three women who change his life

An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades...


The Brahmadells

by Jóanes Nielsen & Kerri A. Pierce

An epic family—and national—saga, The Brahmadells spans from the mid-nineteenth century until the 1980s, blending genres and narrative styles to capture not only the tribulations of a particular family, but...


Across the China Sea

by Gaute Heivoll

An atmospheric and affecting novel set in rural Norway, by the award-winning author of Before I Burn

In the waning days of the German occupation of Norway, Karin and her husband move from Oslo to a tiny village...


Companions

by Christina Hesselholdt & Paul Russell Garrett

Camilla, Charles, Alma, Edward, Alwilda and Kristian are a circle of friends hurtling through mid-life. Structured as a series of monologues jumping from one friend to the next, Companions follows their loves,...


Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller

by Guðberger Bergsson & Lytton Smith

Moving between realism and meandering polemic, Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller lays bare the failure of Icelandic man and his culture. From conversation between bank employees about pick-up techniques to bedridden...


Wonderful Feels Like This

by Sara Lövestam

Sara Lovestam's Wonderful Feels Like This is “a coming-of-age tale of a young artist and is as soulful as it is triumphant” (SLJ) that celebrates being a little bit odd, finding your people, and the power...


Encircling

by Carl Frode Tiller

The brilliant first novel in the Encircling Trilogy, a searing psychological portrait of a man by his friends

David has lost his memory. When a newspaper ad asks his friends and family to share their memories...


The White City

by Karolina Ramqvist & Saskia Vogel

Karolina Ramqvist has been hailed as “one of Sweden’s truly interesting young writers” (Dagens Nyheter) with “a great talent for creating imagery and building atmosphere” (Dagbladet) and she’s a powerful...


Compartment No. 6

by Rosa Liksom & Lola Rogers

In the waning years of the Soviet Union, a sad young Finnish woman boards a train in Moscow. Bound for Mongolia, she's trying to put as much space as possible between her and a broken relationship. Wanting to...


Shyness and Dignity

by Dag Solstad & Sverre Lyngstad

An Ibsen scholar falls desperately out of society—publication coinciding with Ibsen's 100th anniversary celebrations

In front of him, twenty-nine young men and women about the age of eighteen who looked at...


The Looking-Glass Sisters

by Gøhril Gabrielsen & John Irons

A tragic love story about two sisters who cannot live with or without each other.

Far out on the plains of northern Norway stands a house. It belongs to two middle-aged sisters. They seldom venture out and nobody...


The Looking-Glass Sisters

by Gøhril Gabrielsen & John Irons

A tragic love story about two sisters who cannot live with or without each other.<br><br>Far out on the plains of northern Norway stands a house. It belongs to two middle-aged sisters. They seldom...


I Refuse

by Per Petterson & Don Bartlett

A masterful new novel from Per Petterson, who "provides one of literature's greatest gifts . . . a welcome refuge from our cacophonous world" (NPR)

Per Petterson's hotly anticipated new novel, I Refuse, is the...


White Hunger

by Aki Ollikainen

What does it take to survive? This is the question posed by the extraordinary Finnish novella that has taken the Nordic literary scene by storm.

1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s...


The Rabbit Back Literature Society

by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen & Lola M. Rogers

Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children's author Laura White to join the Rabbit Back Literature Society, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has...