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Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

Introducing Oliver Hilmes’ ‘Berlin 1936’

For July’s Babbel Book Club pick, we’re jumping to nonfiction. This month’s book looks at the human stories behind one of the strangest sporting events in history: Adolf Hitler’s Olympic Games.
The Tale Of The Polyglot Pushkin

The Tale Of The Polyglot Pushkin

Pushkin is widely credited as the founder of the modern Russian literary language — but he spoke as many as 15 others.
Introducing László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’

Introducing László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’

The World Goes On is a far cry from most modern Western novels and provides a worldview that is very different from the ordinary. This makes it a perfect first pick for our Babbel Book Club.
6 Questions With Bilingual Parenting Expert Maritere Bellas

6 Questions With Bilingual Parenting Expert Maritere Bellas

We spoke with Maritere Bellas, author of ‘Arroz Con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children,’ about growing up in Puerto Rico and the importance of learning a language with your child.
10 Of The Most Translated Books In The World

10 Of The Most Translated Books In The World

Unsurprisingly, children’s books and fairy tales dominate the list.
Living Between Countries And Languages: Book Review Of Elaine Castillo’s ‘America Is Not The Heart’

Living Between Countries And Languages: Book Review Of Elaine Castillo’s ‘America Is Not The Heart’

Elaine Castillo’s debut novel is a touching story about a Filipino-American family, and it doesn’t shy away from using the character’s native languages.
6 Books To Help You Learn Spanish

6 Books To Help You Learn Spanish

Supplement your studies with these Spanish-language books, chosen by experts to help you learn.
A Tabloid Novel For A Tabloid World: Book Review Of Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘The Neighborhood’

A Tabloid Novel For A Tabloid World: Book Review Of Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘The Neighborhood’

Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian author, writes a juicy pulp fiction.
When Words Are Not Enough: Book Review of Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s ‘Empty Set’

When Words Are Not Enough: Book Review of Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s ‘Empty Set’

Gerber Bicecci’s debut novel combines words and drawings to tell a story of love, loss and loneliness.
The Reluctant Mountain Man: Book Review of Yeon-sik Hong’s ‘Uncomfortably Happily’

The Reluctant Mountain Man: Book Review of Yeon-sik Hong’s ‘Uncomfortably Happily’

Living on a mountain can lead to some harsh confrontations with yourself.
4 Sci-Fi Universal Translators And 1 Possibly Real One

4 Sci-Fi Universal Translators And 1 Possibly Real One

Science fiction reveals a lot about how we imagine the future of communication, especially in a time when the future seems to be happening right now.
What’s Lost In Translation: Book Review Of ‘Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries’

What’s Lost In Translation: Book Review Of ‘Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries’

An anthology of poems and essays looks at what it means to be reading something in translation.
Quiz: Which Foreign Language Book Should You Read Next?

Quiz: Which Foreign Language Book Should You Read Next?

Spice up your bookshelf with a foreign language novel translated into English. Take this quiz to find out which book is right for you!
A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

Yoko Tawada’s most recent book that was translated into English is about three generations of polar bears who struggle with language barriers and fitting in.