About

The purpose of this blog is to bring to a wider attention significant  literary works not yet translated into English.

Here you can read the backstory of The Untranslated.

You can contact me via e-mail: theuntranslated(at)aol.com

My Twitter account is @TheUntranslated

Mostly due to time constraints, The Untranslated does not accept unsolicited review requests.

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18 Responses to About

  1. nautilus says:

    Have a look in Heimito von Doderer’s: Die Strudlhofstiege and Günter Grass’s: Grimm’s Wörter. Both of them untranslated yet…

  2. Thanks for the suggestions. Doderer’s book has been in my sights for some time. It’s a pity it’s not available in English like The Demons, which is, unfortunately, out of print as of now.

  3. nautilus says:

    Another one untranslated book:
    Stefano D’Arrigo’s masterwork “Horcynus Orca,” published in 1975, has often been hailed a literary treasure. And finally equal praise is now being showered upon its translation into German. The cumbersome novel had long been considered absolutely untranslatable…

  4. I’ve been following the reception of the book in Germany. It received a lot of media coverage, which is great, considering how impenetrable it appears to be. Moshe Kahn and John E. Woods are definitely the heroes of the decade, as they managed to translate some of the most translation-unfriendly novels of all time.

  5. A great blog you have here, pretty excited to start searching it properly and read about novels I’ve missed!

  6. Bidé says:

    What a great blog!
    Just out of curiosity (as I’m a translator): how many languages do you speak?

    • Thanks for the kind words! I am very strict in assessing my (and anyone else’s) speaking abilities, which means I wouldn’t say that speaking at the intermediate level is proper speaking. Therefore, I wouldn’t go beyond three or four languages. But when it comes to reading, it’s a different matter altogether. If I am allowed to use a dictionary, that number would be around nine.

  7. Congratulations on a unique topic, and all of your research into untranslated books! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Connor says:

    I’ve stumbled on your blog via Reddit. Very cool and inspirational idea!

    Up above, you mention that you read 9 languages with the use of a dictionary. Which languages? Do you intend to study any other languages to the same reading proficiency?

    • The languages would be Russian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Catalan, Portuguese and one more, which, if mentioned, would reveal my geographic location, and hence – identity. Surely, at some point I would like to add a tenth language to that list.

  9. George Salis says:

    You might be interested in this book that I stumbled on and can’t ready, unfortunately:

    Калейдоскоп: расходные материалы (Большая проза) by Sergey Kuznetsov.

    It was mentioned in an article about the recently published Russian translation of Infinite Jest.

    From the article: “We used to see a lot of people who said ‘I only read Russian books,’” Kudryavtsev says. “But this is disappearing.” He points to the recent example of Sergey Kuznetsov, who wrote his novel Kaleidoscope (2016) after years spent studying the works of Thomas Pynchon.

    https://www.calvertjournal.com/articles/show/10972/david-foster-wallace-comes-to-russia

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