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Our monthly book club is held on the third Tuesday of each month. We meet at 6:30 pm at the Centre, 36 Fenian Street, Dublin 2. We pick a recently translated piece of literature, discuss our thoughts and share our opinions of it.

New members are always welcome to the book club. Admission is free and you may drop in and out as it suits. To sign up to our mailing list, please complete the form at the bottom of this page, or email

Our books for Autumn 2018 are as follows:

18 September: The Impostor by Javier Cercas, translated from Spanish by Frank Wynne. MacLehose Press. 

16 October: Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima, translated from Japanese by Geraldine Harcourt. Penguin Classics. 

20 November: Petite Fleur by Iosi Havilio, translated from Argentinian Spanish by Lorna Scott Fox. And Other Stories. 

18 December: The Chilli Bean Paste Clan, by Yan Ge, translated from Chinese by Nicky Harman. Balestier Press.  

Suggested reading for Summer 2018:

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft (winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize). Fitzcarraldo Editions. 

My Struggle (Book 1) by Karl Ove Knausgård, translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  

Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes, translated from French by Frank Wynne. MacLehose Press. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.  

Books we have read in the past include:

June 2018 — Beijing Comrades by Bei Tong, translated from Chinese by Scott E. Meyers. Feminist Press. 
May 2018 — In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González, translated from Colombian Spanish by Frank Wynne. Pushkin Press. 
April 2018 — The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, translated from Russian by Andrew Bromfield. Peirene Press. 
March 2018 — Affections by Rodrigo Hasbun, translated from Bolivian Spanish by Sophie Hughes. Simon and Schuster. 
February 2018 — The Expedition to the Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenström, translated from Afrikaans by J.M. Coetzee. Archipelago Books. 
January 2018 — Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors, translated from Danish by Misha Hoekstra. Pushkin Press.

December 2017 — The Queue by Basma Abdel Azizm, translated from Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette. Melville House UK.
November 2017 — The House with the Stained-Glass Window by Zanna Sloniowska, translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Hachette UK.
October 2017 — Ghachar Gochar by Vivek Shanbhag, translated from Kannada by Srinath Perur. Faber and Faber.
September 2017 — A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Agualusa, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. Harvill Secker.
June 2017 — Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated from Argentinian Spanish by Megan McDowell. Riverhead Books.
May 2017 — Fish Have No Feet by Jón Kalman Stefánsson, translated from Icelandic by Philip Roughton. MacLehose Press.
April 2017 — Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky. Portobello Books.
March 2017 — K by Bernardo Kucinski, translated from Brazilian Portuguese by Sue Branford. Latin American Bureau.
February 2017 — The Evenings by Gerard Reve, translated from Dutch by Sam Garrett. Pushkin Press.
January 2017 — A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman, translated from Hebrew by Jessica Cohen. Jonathan Cape.

December 2016 — Signs preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera, translated from Mexican Spanish by Lisa Dillman.  And Other Stories.
November 2016 — Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada, translated from German by Allan Blunden. Scribe UK.
October 2016 — The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated from Korean by Deborah Smith. Hogarth.

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