Lost in Translation: An Introduction to October

Works of fiction (and otherwise) originally in English are often translated into dozens of other languages depending on the commercial (and sometimes critical) success of the work but unfortunately the same cannot be said for works not originally in English.

English is, due to colonialism (past, post, and neo), (or has become) the standard language of literature. Feel free to disagree with me but as someone who can read in three languages, I know which one I am the most comfortable doing so. What I mean is, I think it is the standard but I could be (and am most probably) wrong.

Anyway. My point is not many works originally in foreign language are translated to English for a variety of reasons. However some are and this lovely October (rainy October? cold October?) we will depart from our usual theme of scary books and focus on translated works in children’s literature.

Though we will very obviously still be reading scary books and perhaps talking about them.

Here’s a look at what’s in store for you in October on The Book Wars (these are all subject to change because nothing is cast in stone here except that Janet makes delicious zucchini loaves).

Stephanie is going to write on Battle Royale, The Never Ending Story, and perhaps a post on how translations get to Canada (they take a boat).

Yash is hosting a readalong of the first in the Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan. She will have details about it up in a later post. She’s also going to be doing some random reviews such as The Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott, Gena/Finn, and Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy.  All the good stuff.

Jane will be focusing her attention on her wonderful posts about delicious picturebooks. I can’t wait!

Janet will be reading Les Mis and talking about it on the blog and our tumblr page. She and I will also be hosting a very rapid readalong of The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen books by Garth Nix.

Yuriy will be talking about his recent trip to St. Petersburg where he attended a comic festival. I can’t wait for his post either.

And I will be reviewing a bunch of translated works in my own style. Included in my list are titles such as Man Tiger, The Diary of Ma Yan, Snow Bears Never Lie, and others. I will also be throwing in some random reviews here and there. And perhaps a discussion post.

So as you can see, we have a lot in plan for you in the coming month. You should be totally excited.