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For the month of July, we are leaving the country (metaphorically)! Here is a list of international literature, most of which have been translated from another language. Enjoy! If you prefer physical books, check out our bookshop list: https://bookshop.org/lists/shelf-indulgence-july-2024-display

You Dreamed of Empires

A Novel

By: Álvaro Enrigue
Narrated by: Gabriel Porras
Length: 6 hours 23 minutes

"Enrigue’s genius lies in his ability to bring readers close to its tangled knot of priests, mercenaries, warriors and princesses while adding a pinch of biting humor." --Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Los Angeles Times

“Riotously entertaining... A triumph of solemnity-busting erudition and mischievous invention that will delight and...
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Holiday Country

A Novel

By: İnci Atrek
Narrated by: Ayse Babahan
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

“While Ada has spent every summer in Turkey with her mother and grandmother, part of her longs to truly belong. Inci Atrek's Holiday Country explores Ada's relationship with Turkey, her mother, and any loyalty she feels for both. An unexpected crush on an older man has the potential to up-end Ada's life, but instead might just usher her into... Read more

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Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop

The heart-warming Korean sensation

By: Hwang Bo-reum
Narrated by: Rosa Escoda
Length: 8 hours

INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER * NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
INDIE NEXT PICK * Debutiful Most Anticipated Book of 2024 * Powell's Pick of the Month

The Korean smash hit available for the first time in English, a slice-of-life novel for readers of Matt Haig's The Midnight Library and Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.

Yeongju is burned... Read more

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The Ukraine

By: Artem Chapeye
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

The Ukraine is a collection of twenty-six pieces that deliberately blur the line between nonfiction and fiction, conjuring the essence of a beloved country through its tastes, smells, and sounds, its small towns and big cities, its people and their compassion and indifference, simplicities and complications.



In the title story, Chapeye... Read more

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The Lying Life of Adults

By: Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Marisa Tomei
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues... Read more

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The Details

A Novel

By: Ia Genberg
Narrated by: Julie Maisey
Length: 3 hours 54 minutes

Featured in The New Yorker's ""Best Books of 2023"" *Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize""The literal fever that begins the book mirrors the feverish beginnings and endings of these relationships, as well as the fever of reading — how it forces the reader inward, then leaves an invisible imprint in its wake. Genberg’s marvelous prose... Read more

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The Other Profile

By: Irene Graziosi
Narrated by: Barrie Kealoha
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

A brilliant and darkly funny story of a friendship and its unraveling, and a powerful examination on the disruptive impact of social media on our lives Once an ambitious and promising student at an elite university in Paris, Maia is now 26, living in Milan, and stuck in a dead-end job at a cafe and a dysfunctional relationship with an older man.... Read more

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Belle Greene

By: Alexandra Lapierre
Narrated by: Ja'Air Bush
Length: 19 hours 1 minute

Based on the true story of Belle da Costa Greene, a woman who defied all odds to carve out a destiny of her own choosing, this is a richly imagined novel bursting with atmosphere, lush period detail, and many unforgettable characters.  New York in the 1900s. A young girl fascinated by rare books defies all odds and becomes the director of one of... Read more

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The Last Wild Horses

A Novel

By: Maja Lunde
Narrated by: Karen Gundersen, BJ Harrison, Christa Lewis, Sarah Mollo-Christensen & Rob Shapiro
Length: 15 hours 5 minutes

Translated into 36 languages, winner of the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize, and the most successful Norwegian author of her generation, Maja Lunde returns with a heart-wrenching tale, set in the distant past and the dystopian future, about extinction and survival, family and hope.Mikhail lives in Russia in 1881. When a skeleton of a rare wild... Read more

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Four by Four

By: Sara Mesa
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya & Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

Set entirely at Wybrany College—a school where the wealthy keep their kids safe from the chaos erupting in the cities—Four by Four is a novel of insinuation and gossip, in which the truth about Wybrany's "program" is always palpable, but never explicit. The mysteries populating the novel open with the disappearance of one of the "special,"... Read more

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Lost on Me

By: Veronica Raimo
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
Length: 4 hours 55 minutes

A bestseller and award-winner in Veronica Raimo's native Italy, Lost on Me is an irreverent and hilariously inverted bildungsroman from one of the most celebrated young writers working today.

Born into a family with an omnipresent mother who is devoted to her own anxiety, a father ruled by hygienic and architectural obsessions, and a precocious... Read more

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Minor Detail

By: Adania Shibli
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 3 hours 57 minutes

Minor Detail is a Palestinian story in two parts. The first part takes place in 1949 and follows a woman who is being held captive by the military. The second part is set years in the future and follows a woman who is investigating the disappearance of the woman in part one. Shibli’s writing is brutal at times, but the beauty of her prose shines... Read more

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Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

A Novel

By: Satoshi Yagisawa
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 5 hours

The wise and charming international bestseller and hit Japanese movie—about a young woman who loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort that can be found in books. Twenty-five-year-old Takako has enjoyed a relatively easy existence—until the day her boyfriend Hideaki, the man... Read more

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How Do You Live?

By: Genzaburo Yoshino
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

“Originally published in 1937, this Japanese classic is a unique YA coming of age story about 15 year old boy named Copper as he navigates life after the death of his father. Told in a series of journals exchanges with a beloved uncle this beautiful book explores the big questions about a life well-lived. Read more

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Thirst

A Novel

By: Marina Yuszczuk
Narrated by: Maria Liatis
Length: 8 hours 1 minute

“Marina Yuszczuk's Thirst is the perfect gothic vampire story with a compelling sapphic twist. Spanning from the 17th century to modern-day Buenos Aires, we are introduced to the lives of two women, both grieving losses they fear will destroy them and running from the choices that have shaped their unhappiness and isolation. Bloody but somehow... Read more

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