Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi translated by Marilyn Booth

For Women in Translation Month, I read the Man Booker International 2019 winner Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth. As Alharthi was the first Omani woman translated into English, and the first Arab author to win the award, my expectations were high. I wasn't disappointed. These "women of the moon" (its original … Continue reading Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi translated by Marilyn Booth

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck translated by Susan Bernofsky

"Time is like a briar that has gotten caught in wool, you tear it out with all your strength and throw it over your shoulder." (228) Like the briar that's trapped in wool this book snags you; it plays with the vagaries of time and fate and moments: the moments that are monumental, that are … Continue reading The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck translated by Susan Bernofsky