A Man in Love With Himself: My Struggles with Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking nonstop about this year’s crop of Best Translated Book Award nominated authors, translators, and publishers. Now it’s time for us to take a deeper dive into what this award really celebrates: the beauty of storytelling and the art of translation. Over the next few days, leading up to the announcement of the winner on the 28th, we’ll take a closer look at different aspects of several of the nominated titles.

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Navidad & Matanza by Carlos Labbe

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In the summer of 1999 two teenage siblings, the children of a successful game designer and a journalist, disappear from the Chilean coastal village of Matazana. Over the ensuing years countless sightings of the eldest, Bruno (19) are reported in the nearby plateau commune of Navidad, while almost no mention is made of his younger sister Alicia (14). What really happened to the pair all those years ago? One journalist seems determined to expose the truth behind their vanishing act, but he quickly discovers that you can’t always place your faith in reality, especially when you’re seeking answers to the unknowable.

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Historical Science Fiction Romance Adventure!?: The Perplexing World of Jan Jacob Slauerhoff’s The Forbidden Kingdom

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking nonstop about this year’s crop of Best Translated Book Award nominated authors, translators, and publishers. Now it’s time for us to take a deeper dive into what this award really celebrates: the beauty of storytelling and the art of translation. Over the next few days, leading up to the announcement of the winner on the 28th, we’ll take a closer look at different aspects of several of the nominated titles.

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