Summer Reading: Destination X – Read a Book Translated from Another Language

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination X: Read a Book Translated from Another Language is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

Frankenstien in Baghdad book cover

“The Explosion took place two minutes after Elishva, the old woman known as Umm Daniel, or Daniel’s mother, boards the bus.”

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Translated from Arabic

“The baby is dead.”

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Translated from French

Please Look After Mom book cover

“It’s been one week since Mom went missing.”

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
Translated from Korean

The Stoy of My Teeth book cover

“I’m the best auctioneer in the world, but no one knows it because I’m a discreet sort of man.”

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Translated from Italian

“You know what I mean?”

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
Translated from Japanese