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International Day of Translation 2022

Poster by Jose Luis Pulido, for International Federation of Translators

Observed on 30 September, International Translation Day is a chance to appreciate the work of language professionals, whose roles are crucial in continuing to strengthen and develop world peace and security. The 2022 theme is ‘A World Without Barriers: the role of language professionals in building culture, understanding and lasting peace’. In the literary landscape, translation also gives us access to books originally written in other languages that we would otherwise not be able to read. Scribe is the proud publisher of many translated titles, acquiring fiction and non-fiction from around the world.

Most recently, we have A System So Magnificent it is Blinding; translated from the Swedish by Nichola Smalley, it is a joyful family saga about free will, forgiveness, and how we are all interconnected. From one of Mexico’s leading writers, What Goes Unsaid was translated from Spanish by Frank Wynne to bring English-language readers an experimental work of memoir about three men who are driven to escape the confines of their traditional lives and roles. This time a translation from Italian, Fever was translated by Alice Whitmore, and is a multi-award winning debut memoir from a bold new voice in contemporary queer literature. Translated from German by Rachel Stanyon, Home and Dry is the ultimate guide to the bladder, exploring the biggest problem area for women’s health. Lastly, in a return to Italian, Down and Out in England and Italy — translatd by Elena Pala — is an unputdownable look at class and national identity following a life in the margins of modern day Britain.

For more guidance on reading translated work, see below for all the books in translation that Scribe has published in 2022, or browse here for more fiction in translation.

A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding

Are we free to create our own destinies or are we just part of a system beyond our control?

A joyful family saga about free will, forgiveness, and how we are all interconnected.

In October 1989, a set of triplets is born, and it is this moment their father chooses to reveal his affair. Pandemonium ensues.

Over two decades later, Sebastian is recruited to join a mysterious organization, the London Institute of Cognitive Science, where he meets Laura Kadinsky, a patient whose inability to see the world in three dimensions is not the only thing about her that intrigues him. Meanwhile, Clara has traveled to…

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What Goes Unsaid

“...An imagined life, with Faulkner’s tragic sensibility and Beckett’s relentless grief.”— Ricardo Baixeras, El Periodico

From one of Mexico’s leading writers—a memoir about three men who are driven to escape the confines of their traditional lives and roles.

In 1958, Carlos Monge McKey sneaks out of his home in the middle of the night to fake his own death. He does not return for four years.

A decade later, his son, Carlos Monge Sánchez, deserts his family too, joining a guerrilla army of Mexican revolutionaries.

Their stories are unspooled by grandson and son Emiliano, a writer, who also…

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Fever

A multi-award winning Italian debut, from a bold new voice in contemporary queer literature.

Jonathan is 31 years old, living in Milan with his boyfriend of three years and their two Devon Rex cats when, on a day like any other, he gets a fever. But unlike most, this fever doesn’t go away; it's constant, low-level, and exhausting. After spending weeks Googling his symptoms and documenting his illness, he finally sees a doctor. A series of blood tests, anxious visits to hospitals, and repeated misdiagnoses ensue, until his doctor suggests an HIV test, and the truth is finally revealed: Jonathan is…

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Home and Dry

Something’s up down below...

Urinary tract infections result in 8.1 million visits to a doctor every year, and between 50% and 60% of adult women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. Meanwhile, overactive bladder affects nearly 1 in 5 of the over-40 population, yet many people wait up to 15 years before seeking treatment.

Maybe it’s time we started taking pee a bit more seriously… Home and Dry is the ultimate guide to the bladder; not only will it help you to overcome problems such as recurrent infections or needing the bathroom all the time, it will also inspire wonder for a fascinating…

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Down and Out in England and Italy

An unputdownable look at class and national identity today.

Alberto Prunetti arrives in England, the twenty-something year old son of a Tuscan factory worker who has never left home before. With only broken English, his wits, and an obsession with the work of George Orwell to guide him, he sets about looking for a job and navigating his new home.

In between laboring in pizzerias and cleaning toilets up and down the country, he finds his place among the British precariat. His comrades form a polyglot underclass, among them an ex-addict cook, a cleaner in love with opera, an elderly Shakespearean actor,…

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The Herd

A fly-on-the-wall account of the herd-immunity strategy that Sweden adopted during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the spring of 2020, as a new and deadly virus spread across the globe rapidly, the world shut down. But a small country in Northern Europe remained open. The Swedish COVID-19 strategy was alternately lauded and held up as a cautionary tale by international governments and journalists alike—with all eyes on what has been dubbed “The Swedish Experiment”. But what made Sweden take such a different path?

In The Herd, journalist Johan Anderberg narrates the improbable story of a…

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Immune

There’s no shortage of tips for boosting the immune system. Everyone has an opinion, but who can tell fact from fiction?

Sports Physician Servaas Bingé takes us on a fascinating journey through the immune system and explains just how we become ill. He translates the latest scientific findings on immunity into clear advice with which you can optimize your lifestyle.

After reading this book, you will know exactly how you can strengthen your immune system through diet, stress reduction, sleep, and exercise. Using no-nonsense language with a touch of humor and lots of creative thinking, Dr Bingé provides…

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Cop

A Paris police force as you’ve never seen it

Police officers are obliged to give an account of every incident they are involved in. But what happened today will never be logged. Because that's what police solidarity means: what happens in the van stays in the van.

Well, not always. Not this time.

What really happens behind the walls of a police station? To answer this question, investigative journalist Valentin Gendrot put his life on hold for two years and became the first journalist in history to infiltrate the police undetected.

Within three months of training to become an officer, he was given a permit…

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The Death of Murat Idrissi

Longlisted for the Booker International.

Two women on a journey through the land of their fathers and mothers. A wrong turn. A bad decision.

They had no idea, when they arrived in Morocco, that their usual freedoms as young European women would not be available. So, when the spry Saleh presents himself as their guide and savior, they embrace his offer. He extracts them from a tight space, only to lead them inexorably into an even tighter one: and from this far darker space there is no exit.

Their tale of confinement and escape is as old as the landscapes and cultures so vividly depicted in this story of…

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Saved by the Siesta

A leading sleep scientist on how to have the best nap you’ve ever had.

Saved by the Siesta explains how siestas work and the remarkable role they can play in overcoming the destructive effects on the brain and the body of a shortage of sleep—for a siesta is like a night’s sleep in miniature.

A daytime nap fulfils all the same functions as a night’s sleep—hormonal, purifying, curative, consolidating, and reinvigorating. It also has the same therapeutic values: it helps us to combat sleepiness, pain, depression, weak immunity, stress, hypertension, excess weight, diabetes, and cardiovascular…

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A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding

Amanda Svensson

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What Goes Unsaid

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Fever

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Home and Dry

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Down and Out in England and Italy

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