The Housekeeper and the Professor

The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder A beautiful story that is at once simple yet deep and thought provoking. The translation amazes me, honestly. Many times I've read a Japanese-to-English novel translation that felt stilted, empty of prose, with remnants of Japanese sentence structure awkwardly lurking in the passages. This book is translated so perfectly that you would never tell it was originally written in a vastly different language.