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Beautiful covers, some designed with an Asian flair, others with a modern aesthetic, for deep stories, most of them centered in daily lives of rural and urban characters, are at the center of this selection of books we have curated for you. Here is the list of 2019 new books from Asia we're suggesting to add to your collection of books from around the World.

THAILAND

Arid Dreams


Thirteen stories that explore race, gender and disillusionment in working-class Thailand. By Duanwad Pimwana.


 Translated from the Thai by Mui Poopoksakul. Publisher: Feminist Press.

SOUTH KOREA

At Dusk


When a company is investigated for corruption, the wealthy director, who was born into poverty, re-evaluates his relationship to his country. By Hwang Sok-Yong.

 

Translated from the Korean by Sora Kim-Russell. Publisher: Scribe Publications.

SOUTH KOREA

Blood Sisters


A woman in 1980s Korea struggles to understand her identity in the face of injustice. By Kim Yideum.


Translated from the Korean by Ji Yoon Lee. 

Publisher: Deep Vellum.

THAILAND

Bright


After his father abandons him, a young boy finds himself adopted by members of his community. By Duanwad Pimwana.

 

Translated from the Thai by Mui Poopoksakul. Publisher: Two Lines Press.

BANGLADESH

I Remember Abbu


In order to remember her father during his prolonged absence, a young girl reminisces about him through his diaries. By Humayun Azad.


Translated from the Bengali by Arunuva Sinha. Publisher:  Amazon Crossing.

CHINA

Life


A stubborn and idealistic young man’s life is upended when corrupt local politics cost him his job as a schoolteacher, prompting him to reject rural life and try to make it in the big city. By Lu Yao.


Translated from the Chinese by Chloe Estep. 

Publisher: Amazon Crossing.

JAPAN

The Memory Police


A young novelist and her editor try to preserve literature on an unnamed island where things begin to disappear. By Yoko Ogawa.


Translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder. Publisher: Pantheon.

SOUTH KOREA

The Nine Cloud Dream


A new translation of a Korean literary masterpiece about a young monk trying to comprehend the fundamental truths of the Buddha’s teachings. By Kim Man-Jung.

 

Translated from the Korean by Heinz Insu Fenkl. Publisher: Penguin Classics.

INDIA

The Past as Present


An argument for the rigorous investigation and analysis of Indian history, to better understand the present. By Romila Thapar.


Publisher: Seagull Books.

SOUTH KOREA

Flowers of Mold


Ten stories exploring how ordinary people have been left behind in an increasingly urbanized and fragmented world. By Ha Seong-nan.

 

Translated from the Korean by Janet Hong. 

Publisher: Open Letter Books.

SOUTH KOREA

Princess Bari


The story of a young girl who escapes famine and death in 1990s North Korea. By Hwang Sok-yong.


Translated from the Korean by Sora Kim-Russell. Publisher: Scribe Publications.

JAPAN

Star


Mishima, who was an actor himself, paints a pyschological portrait of a celebrity slowly unraveling. By Yukio Mishima.

 

Translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett. 

Publisher: New Directions.

INDIA

River of Fire


Considered the most important work of 20th-century Urdu fiction, this book follows four central characters over the course of two millenniums in India. By Qurratulain Hyder.


Translated from the Urdu by the author. 

Publisher: New Directions.

JAPAN

The Ten Loves of Nishino


Ten women — all seduced by a mysterious man — tell their stories as they attempt to construct his identity. By Hiromi Kawakami.

 

Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell. Publisher: Europa.

JAPAN

Territory of Light


A novel that chronicles a young woman’s attempt to restart her life in Tokyo. By Yuko Tsushima.


Translated from the Japanese by Geraldine Harcourt. Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

SOUTH KOREA

The White Book


An unnamed narrator struggles to come to terms with how the loss of her older sister, who died as an infant, continues to haunt her family. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. By Han Kang.

 

Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. Publisher: Hogarth.


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