Translationista isn’t really in the advertising business, but Powell’s Books just got my attention by offering 30% off twenty works in translation written by women. And it’s a great list: Elena Ferrante, Sigrid Undset, Yoko Ogawa, Isabel Allende, Clarice Lispector, Camilla Lackberg, Kyung-Sook Shin, Tove Jansson, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Alina Bronsky, Olga Grjasnowa, Marie Hermanson, Herta Müller, Sidonie-Gabriel Colette, Banana Yoshimoto, Françoise Sagan, Albene Stambolova, Elfriede Jelinek, Laura Restrepo and Dubravka Ugresic. I noticed Olga Grjasnowa’s book in particular because she just appeared in NYC as part of this year’s Festival neue Literatur, but this list is full of books I love (e.g. Petrushevskaya!) and want to read (e.g. Ferrante!).
The Powell’s sale was inspired by several bids at the beginning of this year to declare 2014 the Year of Reading Women, including Joanna Walsh’s #readwomen2014 project, which I recommend you follow on Twitter. I guess Powell’s threw in the translation part as lagniappe. I’m just so glad to see a bookstore highlighting translated literature like this. Thank you, Powell’s!
And if you want to thank them properly, why not hop over to their website and buy a translated book at an excellent price?
P.S. I just noticed that Powell’s doesn’t always credit the translator in its individual book listings, or does so only in the tiny print at the bottom as part of the bibliographical information; this is a great moment to ask them to feature the translator’s name prominently as part of a book’s listing.