As we strive to spotlight works of literature never before translated into English, we’re excited to share with you excerpts from the award-winning novels The Bear Whispers to Me by Chang Ying-Tai, Masked Dolls by Shih Chiung-Yu, and Crystal Wedding by Xu Xiaobin. These excerpts come to us courtesy of Balestier Press. The Bear Whispers to Me by Chang Ying-Tai and translated by Darryl Sterk is the winner of the 2015 Lennox Robinson Literary Award. Masked Dolls by Shih Chiung-Yu is the brutal, intense story of two women, one from the East and one from the West, struggling to find a way out of their personal dilemmas. Crystal Wedding by Xu Xiaobin and translated from the Chinese by Nicky Harman is the winner of the 2015 English Pen Translation Award and it was longlisted for the 2016 Financial Times and the OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards.
And remember, in September and beyond: pick up a translated book. Read and share your best-loved literary translations. Travel the world without living your living room. Spread the love.
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman