In Search Of Identity: Three Of 2013’s Best Translated Novels


Juan Vidal in NPR

I tend to like my heroes strong and capable; not self-important, but with a certain brand of assurance. But in literature, as in life, profound truths often come to us not through confidence but through wrestling — through the quest for who we are and what we hope to become. Three newly-translated novels star not exceptionally robust heroes but unexceptional, aimless ones, each exploring the inward struggles that make us human.

These three international voices offer no barrage of answers. Instead, they remind us of the importance, and the power, of simply asking the questions.

Shantytown by Cesar Aira

The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal

Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra

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