Translated fiction: A round-up of the best new books

Maryse Condé, Andri Snaer Magnason, Samar Yasbek, Willem Frederik Hermans and Domenico Starnone appear in English

Domenico Starnone, author of Trust

Domenico Starnone, author of Trust

Black lives have always mattered to Maryse Condé, one of the Caribbean’s foremost writers and frequently mentioned as a likely Nobel laureate. Condé has spent her life chronicling the fortunes of the descendants of slaves in Guadeloupe and elsewhere who made their way in a world still scarred by the fault lines of race and exclusion.

In Waiting for the Waters to Rise (World Editions, 288pp, £12.99), her latest novel to be published in English by Richard Philcox, Condé traces the journey of Babakar Traoré, a young obstetrician, from his native Mali to Haiti. Working his way from west Africa to the Caribbean (his mother is Guadeloupean), Babakar’s odyssey is firmly situated in the global south, and Condé excels in adding depth and texture to lives that are often relegated to the cutting room of disaster footage and humanitarian appeals.

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