The Independent

The best translated fiction of 2015

Here are some of 2015’s finest books to fire the imagination, engage the grey matter and invigorate the spirit over the festive period, chosen by our literary critics

Boyd Tonkin


At the root of literary art lies Socrates’ challenge to his accusers: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Some 2,400 years later, lives examined with a searing creative candour drive two series of mesmeric confessional fictions that have hooked readers everywhere. The Italian spellbinder Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet reached its climax in The Story of the Lost Child(translated by Ann Goldstein; Europa Editions, £11.99). (…)