Women in translation (the Indy)

(Best translated books by female authors)

August is Women in Translation Month, a campaign that began three years ago with the purpose of promoting (as you might have guessed) literature written by women and translated into English. Backed by groups like PEN and the Arts Council, the campaign has taken off in the literary community with blogs and bookshops flocking to the cause and helping to advertise some of highlights of recently-translated literature.

As August draws to a close, we gather some of the very best translations of women authors, a sundry mix of books that deal variously with love, war, sex, death, nationhood and driving lessons…