11 Translated Books by Asian Women Writers to Read This #WITMonth

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About Nirzona (A Love Story),
and was originally published in Words Without Borders,
Aug 05, 2021

Happy #WITMonth! To celebrate this special occasion, we've chosen eleven books you won't want to miss by some of our favorite Asian women writers in the WWB archives. From Indonesia, Macau, Vietnam, India, and more, these titles range across genres and themes, delving into questions of migration, coming of age, family, politics, and much more. While this list is by no means comprehensive, we hope it will inspire you as you plan your reading list for #WITMonth and beyond. Nirzona: A Love Story by Abidah El Khalieqy, translated from Indonesian by Annie Tucker The author of a dozen books, Abidah El Khalieqy often spotlights female characters whose voices may be marginalized in Indonesia, particularly those who have experienced polygamy or domestic violence. Her novel Nirzona: A Love Story, translated by Annie Tucker, follows a couple who are separated in the wake of the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004.

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