In the fifties, Kafka was all the rage, followed by Sartre and Camus. Another great wave of translations swept over the US with the advent of Latin American fiction when everybody was reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Right now we are witnessing another sort of boom –- fiction from China.
- Alan Cheuse, author, NPR book commentator
- Anna 7/30/08: "One very important function of reading global fiction is the ability of the reader to connect with and humanize the foreign subjects. So frequently we hear the characterization of Africa as a devastated, tragic place (a characterization your guest adheres to), but I think that reading fiction in order to experience other cultures should serve as a universalizing rather than distancing or 'Otherizing' experience."