Reading the World 2008

Courtesy of Chad Post at Three Percent, here is the finalized 2008 selection of titles for Reading the World.

Note the whopping four titles translated from German, including the rapturous Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass. His US book tour included an amazing discussion at the NYPL with Norman Mailer last year, and a reading at the Goethe-Institut with his wonderful (and sadly, soon-to-be-retired) translator, Breon Mitchell.

Other books on the list I am excited about:

Yalo by Elias Khoury
Knowledge of Hell by Antonio Lobo Antunes
Beijing Coma by Ma Jian (he was great at last year’s PEN Festival)
Mind’s Eye by Hakan Nesser (I’m a sucker for Scandinavian crime novels)
Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolano


Author: Hannah Johnson

When I first came to New York City, I almost ran over Liza Minelli with my suitcase. Then I got a job in book publishing.

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