A round-up of reviews of works in translation from Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Pali, Bengali, Tamil, Farsi, Armenian and Arabic: classics, contemporary fiction, short stories and poetry.
Not only does a good chunk of Russia, most of it in fact, lie in Asia, but Russian-language writers (not all of them Russian) have works set in whole or in part in Asia. 2020 saw new translations of modern classics by Sergei Tretyakov and Alexander Grin, as well as translations of new novels set in the Arctic, Caucasus and Central Asia.
A round-up of reviews of works in translation from Japanese, including fiction and non-fiction, novels, story collections and children’s books.
A round-up of reviews of works in translation from Chinese, including fiction, story collections, poetry and biographies.
A round-up of reviews of fiction in translation from Korean, including two graphic novels, short stories and a rare novel from North Korea.
How did Asia fare in the “Best Books” lists of 2020? We like to keep score, but there are also many excellent recommendations and hidden gems in these many lists.
This year’s subjective list of books we thought worthy of particular mention over the past 12 months: fiction (in translation and not), poetry, short stories, graphic novels, history, biography, literature, culture, politics, society and children’s books covering Asia from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from Siberia to India and Turkey.