New books – April 2016

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction can only get you so far, of course: stuck in print, it can’t point you to the newest publications and translations — but that’s where these pages come in: here (and of course at the Complete Review itself) I will continue to try to guide you to the best of contemporary international.fiction. (You probably hear enough about the new releases by American and British writers, so I’ll concentrate on books in translation.)

So what are some of the most exciting and significant new translations appearing in the US in and around April ?

"Love Letter in Cuneiform" by Tomas Zmeskal

Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal, tr. Alex Zucker (Yale University Press)
[CR review • Amazon]

A wonderful novel of Czech life in the second half of the twentieth century.


Bardo or not Bardo, by Antoine Volodine, tr. J.T.Mahany (Open Letter)

The creative French author’s amusing take on reaching the afterlife.— or trying to


Escape Attempt, by Miguel-Ángel Hernández, tr. Rhett McNeil (Hispabooks)
[CR review • Amazon]

Contemporary art gets really radical in this intellectual thriller.



My Struggle: Book Five, by Karl Ove Knausgaard, tr.Don Bartlett (Archipelago)

The penultimate volume in the epic autobiographical work..


Mount PleasantMount Pleasant, by Patrice Nganang, tr. Amy Baram Reid (FSG)

The eagerly-anticipated large scale novel of Cameroon



The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told, tr. Arunava Sinha (Aleph)

Only available on Kindle in the US for now, this new collection offers a great, wide selection of Bengali stories..