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Genre Feature: Books in Translation

Did you know that not all the books in our library were originally written in English?

In Western cultures, translated works are often advertised as though originally written in English, ignoring translators’ incredibly detailed and devoted work.

So in the name of those forgotten authors, here are several works available at the Russell Memorial Library that have been translated into English.

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa translated from Japanese by Stephen Snyder

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He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem–ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.

She is an astute young Housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him.

And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them.

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Librarians Recommend: A Man Called Ove

Dawn Recommends: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Written by Fredrik Backman and translated by Henning Koch

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

I absolutely loved this book and how we got to follow this old, curmudgeon of a man who just made you wonder why anyone would put up with him, from completely unlikeable to someone you could understand and even sympathize with. It was such a lovely read.

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