Speculative Fiction in Translation: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 1: Dawn

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 1: Dawn by Yoshiki Tanaka translated from the Japanese by Daniel Huddleston Haikasoru March 8, 2016 304 pages Legend of the Galactic Heroes truly lives up to its name: it takes the reader on a journey across several centuries and many light-years to tell a story that confirms what … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 1: Dawn

Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dendera

Dendera by Yuya Sato translated from the Japanese by Edwin Hawkes & Nathan A. Collins Haikasoru February 17, 2015 400 pages Yuya Sato is precisely why you should read speculative fiction in translation. After all, if you were just roaming around a Barnes & Noble, or even many indie bookstores, or looking at the New … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dendera

Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dissipatio H.G.

Dissipatio H.G. by Guido Morselli originally published in Italian in 1977 translated from the Italian by Frederika Randall NYRB Classics December 1, 2020 144 pages Dissipatio Humanis Generis: the disappearance of the human race. This is Guido Morselli’s theme, and it’s explored with all of the seriousness and depth one would expect from a writer … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dissipatio H.G.

Speculative Fiction in Translation: The Mission

The Mission by Péter Zsoldos translated from the Hungarian by András Szabados Profiford Bt. May 6, 2018 (originally published in Hungarian in 1971) 190 pages Péter Zsoldos (1930-1997)  was a Hungarian speculative fiction author in the US-UK tradition, focusing in his work on space exploration, mind-transference, and robots. Of his most well-known work, Feladat (The Mission, … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: The Mission

Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dolly City

Dolly City by Orly Castel-Bloom translated by Dalya Bilu Dalkey Archive Press (Hebrew Literature Series) October 5, 2010 167 pages I could tell you that you must read this book because it is one of the landmarks of Israeli literature and a merciless critique of motherhood, nationhood, and postmodern life.  I could also say that … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dolly City

Speculative Fiction in Translation: Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada translated by Susan Bernofsky New Directions November 8, 2016 288 pages Inaugural Winner of the Warwick Prize for Women In Translation, 2017 In Memoirs of a Polar Bear, Tawada doesn’t just inhabit the mind of a polar bear to explore such issues as Cold War politics, ancestry, … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Speculative Fiction in Translation: The Cathedral of Mist

The Cathedral of Mist by Paul Willems translated from the French by Edward Gauvin Wakefield Press July 5, 2016 112 pages In this collection of surreal, exquisitely-composed and expertly-translated stories, Belgian fantasist Paul Willems (1912-1997) offers us a multitude of dreamscapes both as delicate as gossamer and tangible as a mountain. Cathedrals made of mist, … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: The Cathedral of Mist

Speculative Fiction in Translation: The Rabbit Back Literature Society

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen translated by Lola M. Rogers Pushkin Press January 20, 2015 352 pages I must admit, I was hoping that the mysterious woman at the heart of this novel turned out to be a dimension-shifting alien robot. And who knows, she might have been. But I’m jumping … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: The Rabbit Back Literature Society

Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dreams From Beyond

Dreams From Beyond: An Anthology of Czech Speculative Fiction Edited for the purposes of Eurocon 2016 (BCon) 189 pages When Julie Nováková first told me about her anthology, I was thrilled because I hadn’t yet come across any Czech speculative fiction in English translation and I was eager to learn more about it. Let me … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Dreams From Beyond

Speculative Fiction in Translation: Kontakt

Kontakt: An Anthology of Croatian SF edited by Darko Macan and Tatjana Jambrišak translations by Tatjana Jambrišak, Goran Konvični, and the authors Wizard’s Tower Press February 11, 2014 246 pages From the Wizard’s Tower Press website: “The original paperback edition of Kontakt was produced in conjunction with the 2012 European Science Fiction Convention (Eurocon) in … Continue reading Speculative Fiction in Translation: Kontakt