Gained in Translation: From Nordic Noir to South Korean Crime Fiction

Gained in Translation

Gained in Translation

With all that is going on in the world, the fact that August was Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) somehow didn’t make it onto my radar. Maybe it was that overwhelming sense of living in an isolated bubble. But what better way to get away when you can’t go anywhere than to bring in voices from around the globe?

The advantage of listening to a translation with a skilled narrator is that they parse the place names in the various languages, making it that much easier for the listener to glide into that country.

I am going to highlight below one of my favorite go-to genres—traditional Nordic Noir—and then what has been called the “new Nordic Noir”—crime fiction from South Korea. Read more…

A mystery writer, audiobook reviewer and Audies judge. Ellen is currently the program chair of Sisters in Crime-NY and has published two crime short stories: Crossing the Line (Family Matters); Taking the Brooklyn Bridge Back (Where Crime Never Sleeps).

Solve: Asian Crime Fiction

Audiobooks to transport you to China, Japan, and beyond

One of the most amazing things about books is the ability to travel to foreign and exotic locations without leaving the comfort of your own home. When the stories are truly powerful, you feel like you’re living in a world you’ve never physically inhabited. Then, when you bring a talented narrator into the mix, you will swear you can smell, taste, and hear that environment.

Malice

For me, that’s especially true in the tales set in Asian nations. It may be a result of my lack of international travel—or the snow and ice currently covering the landscape all around me—but more likely I’ve simply experienced great crime fiction from these lands.

From Japan, Keigo Higashino writes his Detective Galileo Series, which made a huge impression on American audiences when the debut, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, released in 2011. The series continued with SALVATION OF A SAINT and A MIDSUMMER’S EQUATION, all narrated by David Pittu. Higashino has also published MALICE (read by Jeff Woodman) and UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN in the United States. Read more…

A freelance book and audiobook reviewer, I have also written numerous interviews of authors and narrators. Story entrances me and if I'm not reading for myself I love having a story told to me. In addition, I'm an avid photographer, where stories are in the images!