27 December 2019

Book Beginning: The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M.A. Orthofer


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

More than anywhere else in the world, it is domestic fiction that dominates bookstore shelves, best-seller lists, and media and review coverage in the United States. Tens of thousands of new works of fiction are published annually here, the vast majority by American authors. Most of the rest were also originally written in English, and only a few hundred are translated works of fiction. In almost every other country, foreign literature occupies a central and prominent position, but in the United States it seems to sit far more precariously on the fringes.

I've been interested in reading literature in translation for a long time. Luckily with the advent of the internet a lot of information has appeared about novels translated into English, sometimes too much information. I was looking for a more general overview of this literature, and happened upon this book which covers that exact topic. Huzzah!

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