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TitleAuthor
Translator(s) (into English)
LanguageCountryTallyTally (#)
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My Brilliant Friend
Elena FerranteAnn GoldsteinItalianItalyIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII26
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The VegetarianHan KangDeborah SmithKoreanSouth KoreaIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII24
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Fever Dream
Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell
SpanishArgentinaIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII22
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Convenience Store Woman
Sayaka Murata
Ginny Tapley Takemori
JapaneseJapanIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII19
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Human ActsHan KangDeborah SmithKoreanSouth KoreaIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII19
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FlightsOlga TokarczukJennifer CroftPolishPolandIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII19
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The DoorMagda SzabóLen RixHungarianHungaryIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII19
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The Summer Book
Tove JanssonThomas TealSwedishFinlandIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII17
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The Housekeeper and the Professor
Yoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder
JapaneseJapanIIIIIIIIIIIII13
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Things We Lost in the Fire
Mariana Enríquez
Megan McDowell
SpanishArgentinaIIIIIIIIIIII12
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Drive Your Plow...
Olga Tokarczuk
Antonia Lloyd-Jones
PolishPolandIIIIIIIIIIII12
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The White BookHan KangDeborah SmithKoreanSouth KoreaIIIIIIIIIIII12
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The YearsAnnie Ernaux
Alison L. Strayer
FrenchFranceIIIIIIIIIIII12
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Death in Spring
Mercè Rodoreda
Martha Tennant
CatalanSpainIIIIIIIIIIII12
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Kitchen
Banana Yoshimoto
Megan BackusJapaneseJapanIIIIIIIIIII11
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DisorientalNégar DjavadiTina KoverFrenchIranIIIIIIIIIII11
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SphinxAnne Garréta
Emma Ramadan
FrenchFranceIIIIIIIIIII111986
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Die My LoveAriana Harwicz
Sarah Moss, Carolina Orloff
SpanishArgentinaIIIIIIIIIII11
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Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi
Mattias Ripa, Blake Ferris, Anjali Singh
FrenchIranIIIIIIIIIII11
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The Mussel Feast
Birgit Vanderbeke
Jamie BullochGermanGermanyIIIIIIIIII10
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The House of the Spirits
Isabel AllendeMagda BoginSpanishChileIIIIIIIII9
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The Unwomanly Face of War
Svetlana Alexievich
Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
RussianBelarusIIIIIIIII9
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The Notebook Trilogy
Agota KristofAlan SheridanFrenchHungaryIIIIIIIII9
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A True Novel
Minae Mizumura
Juliet Winters Carpenter
JapaneseJapanIIIIIIIII9
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The End of Days
Jenny Erpenbeck
Susan Bernofsky
GermanGermanyIIIIIIIII9
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Innocence
Heda Margolius Kovály
Alex ZuckerCzechCzech RepublicIIIIIIIIII9
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TentacleRita IndianaAchy ObejasSpanish
Dominican Republic
IIIIIIII8
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The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu
VariousJapaneseJapanIIIIIIII8
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery
Alison Anderson
FrenchFranceIIIIIIII8
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Suite Française
Irène Némirovsky
Sandra SmithFrenchFranceIIIIIIII8
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Bonjour Tristesse
Françoise Sagan
Irene AshFrenchFranceIIIIIIII8
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Kristin Lavransdatter
Sigrid UndsetTiina NunnallySwedishSwedenIIIIIIII8
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LoveHanne ØrstavikMartin AitkenNorwegianNorwayIIIIIIII81997
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TriesteDaša Drndic
Ellen Elias-Bursac
CroatianCroatiaIIIIIIII8
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Second Hand Time
Svetlana Alexievich
Bela ShayevichRussianBelarusIIIIIIII8
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Eve Out of Her Ruins
Ananda Devi
Jeffrey Zuckerman
FrenchMauritiusIIIIIIII8
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So Long a Letter
Mariama Bâ
Modupe Bode-Thomas
FrenchSenegalIIIIIIII8
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Territory of Light
Yuko Tsushima
Geraldine Harcourt
JapaneseJapanIIIIIIII81979
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Notes of a Crocodile
Qiu MiaojinBonnie HuieChineseTaiwanIIIIIII7
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Vernon Subutex
Virginie Despentes
Frank WynneFrenchFranceIIIIIII7
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RevengeYoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder
JapaneseJapanIIIIIII7
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The Hour of the Star
Clarice Lispector
Benjamin Moser
PortugueseBrazilIIIIIII7
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Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Yoko Tawada
Susan Bernofsky
GermanGermanyIIIIIII7
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Woman at Point Zero
Nawal El Saadawi
Sherif HetataArabicEgyptIIIIIII7
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Soviet MilkNora IkstenaMargita GailitisLatvianLatviaIIIIIII7
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La Bastarda
Trifonia Melibea Obono
Lawrence Schimmel
Spanish
Equatorial Guinea
IIIIIII7
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Faces in the Crowd
Valeria Luiselli
Christina McSweeney
SpanishMexicoIIIIII6
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Memoirs of Hadrian
Marguerite Yourcenar
Grace FrickFrenchFranceIIIIII6
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Mouthful of Birds
Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell
SpanishArgentinaIIIIII6
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The Lover
Marguerite Duras
Barbara BrayFrenchFranceIIIIII61984
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Go, Went, Gone
Jenny Erpenbeck
Susan Bernofsky
GermanGermanyIIIIII6
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Fish Soup
Margarita García Robayo
SpanishColombiaIIIIII6
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Seeing RedLina Meruane
Megan McDowell
SpanishChileIIIIII6
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The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
Constance Borde, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
FrenchFranceIIIIII6
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The True Deceiver
Tove JanssonThomas TealSwedishFinlandIIIIII6
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Near to the Wild Heart
Clarice Lispector
Alison EntrekinPortugueseBrazilIIIIII6
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NadaCarmen Laforet
Edith Grossman
SpanishSpainIIIIII6
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Strange Weather in Tokyo
Hiromi Kawakami
Allison Markin Powell
JapaneseJapanIIIIII6
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People in the Room
Norah Lange
Charlotte Whittle
SpanishArgentinaIIIIII61950
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Thus Were Their Faces
Silvina Ocampo
Daneil Balderston
SpanishArgentinaIIIIII6
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Family Lexicon
Natalia Ginzburg
Jenny McPheeItalianItalyIIIIII61963
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A View with a Grain of Sand
Wisława Szymborska
Stanislaw Baranczak, Clare Cavanagh
PolishPolandIIIIII6
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Voices from Chernobyl
Svetlana Alexievich
Keith GessenRussianBelarusIIIIII6
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The Wall
Marlen Haushofer
Shaun Whiteside
GermanAustriaIIIIII6
66
The Faculty of Dreams
Sara Stridsberg
Deborah Bragan-Turner
SwedishSwedenIIIIII6
67
Fox
Dubravka Ugresic
Ellen Elias-Bursic
CroatianCroatiaIIIII5
68
ConfessionsKanae Minato
Stephen Snyder
JapaneseJapanIIIII5
69
Tokyo Ueno Station
Yu MiriMorgan GilesJapaneseJapanIIIII5
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The UnitNinni Holmqvist
Marlaine Delargy
SwedishSwedenIIIII5
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The Story of My Teeth
Valeria Luiselli
Christina MacSweeney
SpanishMexicoIIIII5
72
Swallowing Mercury
Wioletta GregEliza MarciniakPolishPolandIIIII5
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The Queue
Basma Abdel Aziz
IIIII5
74
PurgeSofi OksanenLola RogersFinnishFinlandIIIII5
75
The Bridge of Beyond
Simone Schwarz-Bart
Barbara BrayFrenchGuadeloupeIIIII5
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The Passion According to G. H.
Clarice Lispector
Idra NoveyPortugueseBrazilIIIII5
77
My Heart Hemmed In
Marie NDiayeJordan StumpFrenchFranceIIIII5
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HistoryElsa MoranteWilliam WeaverItalianItalyIIIII5
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Arturo's IslandElsa MoranteAnn GoldsteinItalianItalyIIIII5
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The Days of Abandonment
Elena FerranteAnn GoldsteinItalianItalyIIIII5
81
The Ten Thousand Things
Maria DermoûtHans KoningDutchIndonesiaIIIII5
82
Like Water for Chocolate
Laura Esquivel
Thomas Christensen, Carol Christensen
SpanishMexicoIIII4
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ZuleikhaGuzel YakhinaLisa HaydenRussianRussiaIIII4
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Água Viva
Clarice Lispector
Idra NoveyPortugueseBrazilIIII4
85
The EmissaryYoko Tawada
Margaret Mitsutani
JapaneseGermanyIIII4
86
The History of Bees
Maja LundeDiane OatleyNorwegianNorwayIIII4
87
The Seventh Cross
Anna Seghers
Margo Bettauer Dembo
GermanGermanyIIII4
88
The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Laura Watkinson
DutchNetherlandsIIII4
89
The Little Girl on the Ice Floe
Adélaïde BonRuth DriverFrenchFranceIIII4
90
Waking Lions
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Sondra Silverston
HebrewIsraelIIII4
91
The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán
Sophie HughesSpanishChileIIII4
92
The Naked Woman
Armonía Somers
Kit MaudeSpanishUruguayIIII4
93
The Hunger Angel
Herta MüllerPhilip BoehmGermanGermanyIIII4
94
The Quest for Christa T
Christa Wolf
Christopher Middleton
GermanGermanyIIII4
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Beside the SeaVeronique OlmiAdriana HunterFrenchFranceIIII4
96
Please Look After Mom
Kyung-sook Shin
Chi YoungKoreanSouth KoreaIIII4
97
OutNatsuo KirinoIIII4
98
La Femme de Gilles
Madeleine Bourdouxhe
IIII4
99
Subtly WordedTeffi
Anne Marie Jackson, Robert Chandler
RussianRussiaIIII4
100
Sweet Days of Discipline
Fleur JaeggyIIII4
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