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10 Books for the August #WotNReadingChallenge

The August #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

This month’s prompt is a graphic novel originally written in a language other than English. Reading can help us learn about diverse perspectives, and there’s no better way to do that than by reading translated works. We’ve collected 10 graphic novels, all translated, that you might enjoy.

10 Choices for Your August #WotNReadingChallenge

 

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

In this graphic novel, translated from French, we follow Zoe, who is a booth worker. She’s far from bookish, so she doesn’t notice when she becomes acquainted with famous author Thomas Rocher. However, Rocher has a massive secret, and Zoe’s going to find out…

 

Generations by Flavia Biondi - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
Generations by Flavia Biondi

Generations by Flavia Biondi

After three years away in Milan, Marco returns to his provincial town, which he left after coming out to his father. He stays at his grandmother’s house as he tries to figure out where he fits in the family, and where to go from here.

 

The Ladies-in-Waiting by Santiago García and Javier Olivares - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
The Ladies-in-Waiting by Santiago García and Javier Olivares

The Ladies-in-Waiting by Santiago García and Javier Olivares

In this historical fiction graphic novel, centuries of Spanish artists contemplate the life and work of famous Spanish artist Diego Velázquez. The narrative goes back and forth in time, highlighting the famous eponymous painting and its effects.

 

Snowpiercer: The Escape by Jacques Lob, illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
Snowpiercer: The Escape by Jacques Lob, illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette

Snowpiercer: The Escape by Jacques Lob and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette

It’s possible that you recognize this book’s title from the 2013 film starring Chris Evans. This is the graphic novel on which that movie was based, and it was originally written in French. The Snowpiercer train holds the last vestiges of humanity, but not all train sections are treated equally. Two passengers towards the back of the train are brought to the front, and see just how big the disparities are.

 

Voices in the Dark by Ulli Lust - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
Ulli Lust – Voices in the Dark

Voices in the Dark by Ulli Lust

This German graphic novel is adapted from a prose novel with the same name by Marcel Byer. It follows Hermann Karnau, an audio engineer obsessed with the voice. It also follows a young girl named Helga, daughter of the infamous Joseph Goebbels, who begins to realize that maybe her father isn’t on the right side.

 

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
Hayao Miyazaki – Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Nausicaa’s home is thrust into war while she tries to study the nuances of the strange environment. Miyazaki later adapted this comic series into a movie of the same name.

 

The Property by Rutu Modan - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
The Property by Rutu Modan

The Property by Rutu Modan

In The Property, Mica and her grandmother go to Poland, ostensibly to reclaim her grandmother’s old property. However, Mica’s grandmother is keeping secrets from her, and this visit isn’t as straightforward as it appears.

 

Wrinkles by Paco Roca - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
Paco Roca – Wrinkles

Wrinkles by Paco Roca

Wrinkles follows Ernest after he is sent into a nursing home by his son. As he gets accustomed to the nursing home, the reader gets a good view of life as one gets old.

 

The Dylan Dog Case Files by Tiziano Scalvi - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
The Dylan Dog Case Files by Tiziano Scalvi

The Dylan Dog Case Files by Tiziano Scalvi

This Italian horror series takes place in London, oddly enough. It follows paranormal investigator Dylan Dog as he solves cases having to do with zombies, rituals, and other horror tropes.

 

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa - August 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge
20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa

In this manga, the 21st century is quickly approaching, but so is a great danger. A group of childhood friends work together to prevent the coming apocalypse.

Do you have any other recommendations of translated graphic novels? Talk about it in the comments!


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