Found in Translation

Founding member of Found in Translation Club established in 2015 and held monthly at Central Library Edinburgh with 50 books in translation read, talked and written about over the first 5 years of which 27 by male and 23 by female authors.

Through 2015-20 we have read books in the following languages in translation: Spanish (1), Spanish–Argentina(1), Norwegian(1), Italian(1), Turkish(1), Korean(2), Chinese(1), Japanese(2), Dutch(3), Danish(2), German(7), German – Switzerland(1), German–Austria(1), Swedish(1), Swedish–Finland(2), Finnish(2), Arabic-Oman(1), Czech(2), Albanian(1), Russian(2), Polish(3), Icelandic(1), French(5), Hungarian(1), Portuguese(2), Portuguese-Brazil(2) and English(2) of which one by a Bulgarian-born author writing in English.

Curated by Cecylia O’May

March 2023 Found in Translation Book

Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung translated from the Korean by Anton Hur. Published by Honford Star in 2021 and shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize. Also, listening to Anton’s interview with Lou Binns on The Feminist Book Club (Paris) podcast LISTEN

One of the best books which I first encountered in 2022. Strong female protagonists, uncanny stories and contemporary fairy tales as if emerging from the forests of Baba Yaga. Iliyana Nedkova

For a complete list of all Found in Translation books availabe for free to any member of Edinburgh Libraries in both physical book group collections and also multi-access ebooks and audiobooks that book groups can borrow BROWSE


For some mixed feelings, thoughts and quotes from Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s The Discomfort of Evening (Faber & Faber, 2020) and translated from the Dutch by Michele Hutchison following our Found in Translation book club on 5 October 2020 see my wee review Celestial Bodies of Comfort and Discomfort READ MORE

For my own journey from translating to curating or to translating-curating also prompted by our Found in Translation book club, see this story anchored in Hidden Faces by Salvador Dali and currently moored at Balkan Rhapsody by Maria Kassimova-Moisset READ MORE

For the longest summer under lockdown of reading alone yet together see this feature published on 28 July 2020 in Tales of One City. News from Edinburgh Libraries READ MORE


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