Skip to content
Words Without Borders is one of the inaugural Whiting Literary Magazine Prize winners!

Best of the B-Sides

By Lori Feathers

In this bimonthly series, critic and bookseller Lori Feathers recommends a new work in translation along with a number of backlist (“B-Side”) titles that you might have missed. The books selected might explore a similar theme, or include various titles from an author’s body of work. With this series we hope to draw readers to timeless works in translation.


Best of the B-Sides: The Legacy of a Secret (October 2018)

Side AIn Your Hands by Inês Pedrosa, tr. Andrea Rosenberg (AmazonCrossing, 2018)

Side BA Heart So White by Javier Marías, tr. Margaret Jull Costa (New Directions, 2002); Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions, 2006); Ladivine by Marie NDiaye, tr. Jordan Stump (Knopf, 2016)


Best of the B-Sides: Finding the Essence (August 2018)

Side AThe Impostor: A True Story by Javier Cercas, tr. Frank Wynne (Knopf, 2018)

Side BFive Photos of My Wife by Agnès Desarthe, tr. Adriana Hunter (Flamingo/HarperCollins, 2001); A Woman Loved by Andreï Makine, tr. Geoffrey Strachan (Graywolf Press, 2015); War & Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans, tr. David McKay (Pantheon, 2016)


Best of the B-Sides: Keeping House (June 2018)

Side A: All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski, tr. Anthea Bell (NYRB Classics, 2018)

Side B: The Maias by Eҫa de Queirós, tr. Margaret Jull Costa (New Directions, 2007); Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann, tr. John E. Woods (Vintage, 1994); Chronicle of the Murdered House, tr. Margaret Jull Costa & Robin Patterson (Open Letter, 2016) 


Best of the B-Sides: Identity in Translation (April 2018)

Side A: Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto, tr. David Brookshaw (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)

Side B: Shyness and Dignity by Dag Solstad, tr. Sverre Lyngstad (Harvill Secker, 2006); The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig, tr. Isabel Fargo Cole (Two Lines Press, 2015); My Marriage by Jakob Wasserman, tr. Michael Hofmann (New York Review Books, 2016); Silence by Shūsaku Endō, tr. William Johnston (Picador Classics, 2016)

Published Apr 11, 2018   Copyright 2018 Lori Feathers

Leave Your Comment

comments powered by Disqus
Like what you read? Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.