At the admirable Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Heather Inwood offers a nice historical overview and introduction to Popular Genre Fiction in China. From some real classics — The Story of the Stone! — to very contemporary fare. Worth checking out.
Suggested-reading lists abound on the internet, including some focused on foreign fiction. Here are two regional ones you might want to check out:
- Balkan literature: the best contemporary fiction to add to your reading list, by Hannah Weber, at The Calvert Journal
- The always-worth-keeping-up-with The Modern Novel sets about tackling Mexican literature, and that’s certainly a good starter-list.
PEN America has announced the 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants, awarded to 15 projects covering 13 different languages, each now subsidized with a $3,870. Several works of fiction are among them, and while some are still looking for publishers we can hope to see them all available in English eventually.