I got tagged, and seeing as I've been obsessively reading and then totally judging everyone by their lists of ten books that changed their lives or whatever it is – jeez, did you stop reading at fifteen; if I hate that book must I now hate you; would you please stop posturing and admit to reading trash now and then; OMG, Jeffrey Archer changed your life, really? – I thought I just wouldn't expose myself to the imagined ridicule of it all. But then I felt bad, so here is my personal cop-out: ten books I would like to translate. Some of them are books that lots of other people would like to translate as well, but I figured this is like fantasy football league, right, so you can just go for ridiculously unlikely things. I know that me translating many of these books, in real life, would piss off other translators, but this isn't real life. Most of the links are to my own reviews.
1. Clemens Meyer: Im Stein
It's just not going away. There's a reason it's at the top of the list.
2. Dorothee Elmiger: Schlafgänger
Actually, if all goes well I will be translating this one.
3. Annett Gröschner: Walpurgistag
Hundreds of voices on one day in Berlin.
4. David Wagner: Leben
Neither fish nor flesh, gorgeously written.
5. Lutz Seiler: Kruso
Except it would be really, really hard.
6. Teresa Präauer: Für den Herrscher aus Übersee
This one has a lot of admirers though, like the Seiler book.
7. Daniela Dröscher: Pola
I'd dress up in evening gowns every day.
8. Anna Seghers: Der Ausflug der toten Mädchen
Surprise! A dead white woman.
9. Selim Özdogan: Die Tochter des Schmieds
An old favourite.
10. Sven Regener: Magical Mystery
Because I translated a sample earlier this year and it was great fun and a real challenge to get the tone right. I saved it up to translate on my birthday. I don't think that's sad, or no sadder than a lot of other things.
If you'd like to join in the melancholy fun, you too could make a list of ten books you'd like to translate. You could put it online and post a link in the comments section. It might go viral and everyone who speaks two or more languages would be doing it.