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5 books to read for Women in Translation Month 2022

This August, celebrate Women in Translation Month with Scribe! 

Did you know that fewer than 31% of books translated into English are written by women? Originally started by Meytal Radzinski in 2014, the #womenintranslation project seeks to ‘rectify the imbalance in world literature’ by promoting women writers in translation. 

At Scribe we publish new translated work regularly, so to help guide your reading, here are five of some of our recent WIT titles:

  • Vista Chinesa is our most recent piece of translated work by a woman; inspired by a real event, this is the story of a woman and a city that were violated.
  • Originally written in Swedish, A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding is a joyful romp about free will, forgiveness, and how we are all interconnected. 
  • Winter in Sokcho is an exquisite debut set in a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea; it is about shared identities and divided selves, vision and blindeness, intimacy and alienation. 
  • The Eighth Life is a family saga beginning at the start of the twentieth century, following generation after generation of a compelling family — one that owes their fortune to a delicious chocolate recipe. 
  • A Vineyard in Andalusia is a sweeping historical epic following a ruined silver-mine owner who sets sail from Mexico City to seek his fortune in the New World.

To celebrate Women in Translation month, we’re offering 20% off a selection of Scribe WIT titles. Just use the code ‘WIT22’ at checkout.

We would love to keep up with your reading too, so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtags #womenintranslation and #WITMonth!

Vista Chinesa

Inspired by a real event, this is the story of a woman and a city that were violated.

It is 2014. There is euphoria in Brazil, especially in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The World Cup is about to take place, and the 2016 Olympics are in sight. It is a time of hope and of frenzied construction.

Júlia is a partner with an architecture firm that is planning projects for the future Vila Olímpica. During a break from one of these meetings at the town hall, Júlia goes for a run in Alto da Boa Vista. Suddenly, someone puts a revolver to her head, takes her to a secluded spot, and rapes her. Left abandoned in…

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A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding 

Are we free to create our own destinies or are we just part of a system beyond our control?

A joyful family saga about free will, forgiveness, and how we are all interconnected.

In October 1989, a set of triplets is born, and it is this moment their father chooses to reveal his affair. Pandemonium ensues.

Over two decades later, Sebastian is recruited to join a mysterious organisation, the London Institute of Cognitive Science, where he meets Laura Kadinsky, a patient whose inability to see the world in three dimensions is not the only thing about her that intrigues him. Meanwhile, Clara has travelled to…

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Winter in Sokcho

Winner of the Prix Robert Walser — a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French-Korean author.

It’s winter in Sokcho, a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea. The cold slows everything down. Bodies are red and raw, the fish turn venomous, beyond the beach guns point out from the North’s watchtowers. A young French-Korean woman works as a receptionist in a tired guesthouse. One evening, an unexpected guest arrives: a French cartoonist determined to find inspiration in this desolate landscape. The two form an uneasy relationship. When she agrees to accompany him on trips to…

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The Eighth Life

AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.’

At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries…

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A Vineyard in Andalusia

A sweeping historical epic by an author whose novels have sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

1861. A ruined silver-mine owner sets sail from Mexico City to seek his fortune in the New World.

Mauro Larrera has just four months to pay his creditors, or his bankruptcy will be revealed and his family’s honour will be in tatters. In magnificent Havana — home to beautiful women and dangerous men who deal in mysterious trades — he gambles what little he has left on what will become the greatest adventure of his life …

A Vineyard in Andalusia is a novel of glories and defeats; of silver mines, family…

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Vista Chinesa

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A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding 

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