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50 outstanding translations from the last 50 years

 
1.         Raymond Queneau – Exercises in Style (Barbara Wright, 1958)

2.         Primo Levi – If This is a Man (Stuart Woolf, 1959)

3.         Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – The Leopard (Archibald Colquhoun, 1961)

4.         Günter Grass – The Tin Drum (Ralph Manheim, 1962)

5.         Jorge Luis Borges – Labyrinths (Donald Yates, James Irby, 1962)

6.         Leonardo Sciascia – Day of the Owl (Archibald Colquhoun, 1963)

7.         Alexander Solzhenitsyn – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Ralph Parker, 1963)

8.         Yukio Mishima – Death in Midsummer (Seidensticker, Keene, Morris, Sargent, 1965)

9.         Heinrich Böll – The Clown (Leila Vennewitz, 1965)

10.        Octavio Paz – Labyrinth of Solitude (Lysander Kemp, 1967)

11.        Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita (Michael Glenny, 1969)

12.        Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 100 Years of Solitude (Gregory Rabassa, 1970)

13.        Walter Benjamin – Illuminations (Harry Zohn, 1970)

14.        Paul Celan – Poems (Michael Hamburger and Christopher Middleton, 1972)

15.        Bertolt Brecht – Poems (John Willett, Ralph Manheim, Erich Fried, et al 1976)

16.        Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish (Alan Sheridan, 1977)

17.        Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie - Montaillou (Barbara Bray, 1978)

18.        Italo Calvino – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (William Weaver, 1981)

19.        Roland Barthes – Camera Lucida (Richard Howard, 1981)

20.        Christa Wolf – A Model Childhood (Ursule Molinaro, Hedwig Rappolt, 1982)

21.        Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose (William Weaver, 1983)

22.        Mario Vargas Llosa – Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Helen R. Lane, 1983)

23.        Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Michael Henry Heim, 1984)

24.        Marguerite Duras – The Lover (Barbara Bray, 1985)

25.        Josef Skvorecky – The Engineer of Human Souls (Paul Wilson, 1985)

26.        Per Olov Enquist – The March of the Musicians (Joan Tate, 1985)

27.        Patrick Süskind – Perfume (John E. Woods, 1986)

28.        Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits (Magda Bodin, 1986)

29.        Georges Perec – Life A User’s Manual (David Bellos, 1987)

30.        Thomas Bernhard – Cutting Timber (Ewald Osers, 1988)

31.        Czeslaw Milosz – Poems (Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Hass, 1988)

32.        José Saramago – Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Giovanni Pontiero, 1992)

33.        Marcel Proust – In Search of Lost Time (Terence Kilmartin, 1992)

34.        Roberto Calasso – The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (Tim Parks, 1993)

35.        Naguib Mahfouz – Cairo Trilogy (William M. Hutchins, Lorne M. Kenny, Olive E. Kenny, Angele Botros  Samaan, 1991-3)

36.        Laura Esquivel – Like Water for Chocolate (Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen, 1993)

37.        Bao Ninh – The Sorrow of War (Frank Palmos, Phan Thanh Hao, 1994)

38.        Victor Klemperer – I Shall Bear Witness (Martin Chalmers, 1998)

39.        Beowulf (Seamus Heaney, 1999)

40.        Josef Brodsky – Collected Poems (Anthony Hecht et al, 2000)

41.        Xingjian Gao – Soul Mountain (Mabel Lee, 2001)

42.        Tahar Ben Jelloun – This Blinding Absence of Light (Linda Coverdale, 2002)

43.        W.G. Sebald – Austerlitz (Anthea Bell, 2002)

44.        Orhan Pamuk – Snow (Maureen Freely, 2004)

45.        Amos Oz – A Tale of Love and Darkness (Nicholas de Lange, 2004)

46.        Per Petterson – Out Stealing Horses (Ann Born, 2005)

47.        Irène Némirovsky – Suite Française (Sandra Smith, 2006)

48.        Vassily Grossman – Life and Fate (Robert Chandler, 2006)

49.        Alaa Al Aswany – The Yacoubian Building (Humphrey Davies, 2007)

50.        Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky, 2007)
 
Compiled by Shaun Whiteside (Chair, TA) and the Committee of the TA (Don Bartlett, Alexandra Büchler, Martin Chalmers, Nicholas de Lange, Sarah Death, Marueen Freely, Daniel Hahn and Christine Shuttleworth).
 
Enquiries to the Translators Association Secretary, Sarah Burton.

 

 

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