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    19 Fantastic Translated Works Of Fiction Every Woman In Her Twenties Should Read

    These are some of the most beautiful, moving, and inspiring books you will ever read.

    If you’re part of the "happy-free-confused-and-lonely-at-the-same-time" squad, this list is for you. Whether your day feels like the Fall of Rome or taking a stroll down Monet’s garden, may you always find transcultural fictional characters to share it with!

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    1. Notes Of A Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin (translated by Bonnie Huie)

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    A dollop of young love, another scoop of odd friendships, peppered with a critique of media’s sensationalism of the queer identity, and topped with classic twenties existentialism— Lazi’s story is legen-diary, indeed! 

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    2. The White Book by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith)

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    A meditation on the fragility of human existence, grief, and resilience, this book might feel like a reality check from your friend who moonlights as your therapist at 3 AM — unsettling yet important. Lovers of Maggie Nelson’s "Bluets" (like me), I feel we might have discovered our new jam!

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    3. Fly Already by Etgar Keret (translated by Sondra Silverston, Nathan Englander, Jessica Cohen, Miriam Shlesinger, and Yardenne Greenspan)

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    Brace yourself for the unpredictable with this bunch of short stories existing in the intersection of the fantastical and the hilarious. It explores themes of wars, games, parenthood, marijuana, love…TL;DR — This book is the whole damn cake and the cherry on top.

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    4. Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff)

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    A crossover episode between Sylvia Plath’s "Tulips" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s "The Yellow Wallpaper", this marvellous novel delves into the (mis)adventures and mayhem of marriage and motherhood.

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    5. Where The Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda (translated by Polly Barton)

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    Did you know that when Bikini Kill said, “When she talks I hear the revolution/in her hips, there’s revolution”, they were actually talking about all the badass queens you’re gonna meet in this collection of feminist retellings of traditional Japanese folktales?

    Get it here.

    6. The Collection by Nina Leger (translated by Laura Francis)

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    Jeanne’s story defies the kink shamers and gatekeepers of (nonsensical) morality who want women to lie down and think of England while reducing them to Mary Sues. Fleabag fans of the world, unite!

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    7. Mouthful Of Birds by Samanta Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell)

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    Sometimes having a hot girl summer is all about giving in to absurdity — like eating a living bird for dinner or having the hots for a merman. Err… you do you, sis! This is a judgment-free zone!

    Get it here.

    8. Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen (translated by Anna Halager)

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    Think of this book as your Twitter feed — a bunch of young people having their coming-of-age moments as they try making sense of their identity, sexuality, and the world (and we are here for it)!

    Get it here.

    9. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori)

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    Our homegirl Keiko wishes everyone who asked her to be submissive and "breedable", a very pleasant “mind your business”. Be like Keiko.

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    10. Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (translated by Allison Markin Powell)

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    Like our girl, Tsukiko, sometimes all you need to do is delete dating apps and find love the old-fashioned way — have a chance meeting with a former school teacher and fall for him despite the huge age difference. And that’s okay because you’re now an adult and love and intimacy don’t need to fit socially-sanctioned boxes!!

    Get it here.

    11. Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai by Ismat Chughtai (translated by M. Asaduddin)

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    With her exemplary exposition of female sexuality and India’s socio-cultural topography, Chugtai once again proves to be the granddaughter of the witches misogyny couldn’t burn. She walked so we could run!

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    12. Apple And Knife by Intan Paramaditha (translated by Stephen J. Epstein)

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    If Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre had a child with Shirley Jackson’s horror, this Indonesian anthology of short stories would be it. A lifetime subscription of more such subversive and taboo-defying stories, please!

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    13. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector (translated by Giovanni Pontiero)

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    Our narrator (a man) is surprised at how our protagonist, Macabéa, despite being brought up by an evil-stepmother-level mean aunt and the overall wretchedness, a.k.a. her life, still seems to be unbothered, moisturised, happy, in her lane, focused, and flourishing in her own way. This is until her boy-jerk-friend shows his true colours. Stop using our sisters for character development, Olimpico!

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    14. Bombay Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto (translated by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad)

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    Contrary to what the analog rendition of "keyboard warriors" said, Manto’s portrayal of Bombay’s pimps, prostitutes, writers, and actors is a class apart and this book is totally worth your time.

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    15. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (translated by Eric Selland)

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    They never had to "pspspspsps" the catto, but it came and started living in their home and hearts rent-free! 

    P.S.:This is your sign from the universe to adopt a kitty.

    Get it here.

    16. A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (translated by Ann Goldstein)

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    Parents don’t always act in our best interests. That’s it, that’s the discourse of the day.

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    17. The Housekeeper And The Professor by Yōko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder)

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    If you believe in chosen family supremacy, this novel is for you. This book has the same vibe as all the wholesome memes you keep spamming your besties with.

    Get it here.  

    18. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima (translated by John Nathan)

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    Ladies, if he:

    Carries around a Holden Caulfield-esque cynicism,

    Spies on you from the next room,

    Is part of a gang of know-it-all thirteen-year-olds

    — That’s not your man. That’s your son!

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    19. Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (translated by Tina A. Kover)

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    In this house, we have complicated interpersonal relationships, complex pasts, and fragmentary identities, but we are still in our twenties and have our whole lives to figure things out. To quote Bojack’s jogger friend, “It gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day, that's the hard part. But it does get easier.”

    Get it here.

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