I love books, but IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m a prisoner of the English language. With the exception of reading Stephen KingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s short story ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œQuitters, IncorporatedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in my third-year German class in high school (what were you thinking, Frau Nicholsen?), IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve never read anything other than books written in English (the five pages I suffered through of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Tin DrumÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â do not count).
Being uni-lingual is (um, obviously) a huge disadvantage when it comes to discovering and reading great works of literature in other languages, because only the blockbuster writers are ever translated for English readers (Garcia Marquez, Dostoevsky, etc.). I know there are many, many brilliant writers IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m missing, and IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d love to hear recommendations (classic and comtemporary, fiction and non-fiction, etc.) of books to read from foreign writers around the world.