This year was really fun for me. Because I've been fairly insistent on maintaining my niche of Eastern European or Russian titles, these have arrived in abundance and there's so many treasures!
The Devil's Share by Kris Farmen, McRoy and Blackburn. http://www.theblacksheepdances.com/2011/01/devils-share-by-kris-farmen-literary.html Unusual protagonist, Alaskan wilderness, rapid-fire pace and a plot full of twists with nothing routine in it.
Bandit Love by Massimo Carlotto and Europa Editions: http://www.theblacksheepdances.com/2011/09/bandit-love-by-massimo-carlotto.html Italian crime, goodhearted criminals, and a dry wit that keeps it all moving forward
Frozen Time by Anna Kim, Ariadne Press: http://www.theblacksheepdances.com/2011/05/frozen-time-by-anna-kim-translated.html Heartbreaking vision of the after-effects of the Balkan war, with unbelievable detail and real, flawed characters.
Heaven and Hell by Jon Kalman Steffanson, MacLehose Press
The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyszka, MacLehose in UK, will release from Tin House in 2012 in US
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Waterline by Ross Raisin, Penguin UK
Top 5 Poetry 3 of 5 were translations!
Before the Troubadour Exits by Jeffrey Alfier
A Fireproof Box by Gleb Shulpyakov, Canarium Books (Russian bilingual)
Signs & Wonders by Charles Martin, Johns Hopkins U P
These Hands by Per Aage Brandt, Host Publications (Danish Bilingual)
Yannis Ritsos-Poems by Manolis
Tramp by Tomas Espedal, The Art of Living a Wild and Poetic Life, Seagull Books
Maman's Homesick Pie by Donja Bijan, Algonquin
Tashkent, Forging a Soviet City by Paul Stronski U of Pitt Press