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Foreign Language Quarterly Volume 2, Issue 4


Welcome back to Foreign Language Quarterly, a way to keep up with the foreign language books that the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is adding to its collection. Foreign Language Quarterly is posted to the NLS website every three months. All books listed in this publication are free to eligible individuals. Anyone living in the United States, as well as US citizens living abroad, may qualify for service if they have a temporary or permanent visual or physical, perceptual, or reading disability that prevents them from using regular print materials.

Many of our foreign language books come to us from other countries via the Marrakesh Treaty (DBGs and BRGs), but you will also find books produced by NLS (DBs), produced by network libraries (DBCs) and converted from cassette tapes or CDs (DBFs). All books listed in Foreign Language Quarterly are available for immediate download from NLS BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download. To use BARD, contact your local braille and talking-book library or visit for more information. The free BARD Mobile app, available for both iOS and Android operating systems, can be used to play books directly from your personal mobile device. Talking books may also be requested from your local braille and talking-book library on cartridge if your library makes use of Duplication on Demand. Hard copies of braille books may be requested through the Braille-on-Demand pilot program. To obtain contact information for your local braille and talking-book library, visit Find Your Library or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323).

This past quarter, NLS added books in 16 unique languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Finnish, French, German, Hmong, Khmer, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

A number of Mandarin Chinese commercial audiobooks were converted and added to the NLS collection this quarter, including a full Chinese audio Bible, split into the New Testament and the Old Testament, and the first of a set of Chinese audiobooks on CD that are being converted over time. NLS also acquired its first Chinese title via the Marrakesh Treaty (by way of Australia). The Treaty entered into force in China in May 2022, so we are looking forward to being able to obtain additional Chinese books via the Marrakesh Treaty in the future.

Original Spanish-language books by a wide variety of Latin American and Spanish authors and produced by NLS were very popular on BARD, including romance authors like Isabel Acuña, Noah Evans, and Hilda Rojas Correa and mystery/thriller authors like Laura Baeza, Raúl Garbantes, and Lucía Puenzo. Thanks to the Marrakesh Treaty, NLS was also able to add a full version of the Reina-Valera Spanish translation of the Bible, which has been requested by several patrons and is perhaps the most well-known and widely used Spanish Bible. Network libraries produced Spanish books by Marcial Lafuente Estefanía and Keith Luger (pseudonym of Miguel Oliveros), famed Spanish popular fiction writers from the mid-to-late 1900s.

Several award-winning books in German and Russian were added through conversion of commercial audiobooks, including German Book Prize-winning titles by Bodo Kirschhoff, Ferdidand von Shirach, and Anne Weber, as well as a Russian Booker Prize–winner by Petr Aleshkovskiĭ. Along with these commercial audiobooks, the Marrakesh Treaty allowed for the addition of a number of Polish-language audiobooks by Nobel Prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk, including The Books of Jacob, which won the Nike Award, several translation awards, and was shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize in 2022.

Below you will find a selection of these featured titles and other popular foreign language books uploaded to BARD over the past three months. When available, full annotations can be found by searching for the books on BARD or Voyager. While we strive to include titles and annotations in both the book’s original language and English, unfortunately we do not always have access to that information. Books acquired from other countries via Marrakesh and other means sometimes reach us with no English-language cataloguing records, and we lack in-house translation expertise in some languages. Capitalization, titles, and author names listed below are based on the Voyager records. For more information, visit the Foreign Language Collection website.

Whenever possible, book titles are provided first in English translation and second in the language of the book itself. When the book’s language uses a non-Roman character set, a transliteration is provided in parentheses next to the English title when available. Links are provided to download books directly from BARD.

Instructions for searching BARD

There are three options to find books in particular languages on BARD:

  1. Choose your preferred languages by clicking the “language preference settings” link in the description under Search the Collection on the BARD home page or by going to “Account Settings” under “My BARD.” Click “Select this link to change your language preferences.” Check the boxes next to the language(s) in which you would like to read books. Click the “Update” button. Click “Back to BARD main page” to start searching for books in your preferred languages. NLS recommends this as the most efficient method. You can ask your local braille and talking-book library to update the preferred language setting in your account for you if necessary.
  2. If you haven’t set your preferred languages or would like to find books in a language other than your preferred languages, you can also filter for books in a particular language while browsing, such as while looking at the “Recently added books and magazines” screen. You will find a “Filter by language” dropdown menu/combo box at the top of the screen. If you choose the language you have in mind from that list and click “Go,” you will see a list of applicable books in that language. This option will not appear if the page you are browsing only includes books in one language.
  3. To search by keyword for books in a particular language on BARD, you can enter your search term in the main “Search the collection” edit box, then choose the language from the preferred language dropdown menu/combo box, and click “Go” to run the search.

Instructions for searching Voyager

There are several steps required to find books in a particular language in Voyager:

  1. Go to Voyager Catalog Basic Search.
  2. Click “Set Search Limits.” On the resulting “Set Search Limits” screen, select the language you wish to search and the medium (sound recording or braille) from the dropdown menus/combo boxes. You do not have to specify the type or location.
  3. When finished, click the “Set Search Limits” button. This will return you to the “Voyager Basic Search” screen. (The limits will remain in effect until you click the “Clear Search Limits” button.)
  4. On the “Voyager Basic Search” screen, select “Keyword” as the type of search, type your search text in the search box and click the “Begin Search” button. To view all possible titles in the language you are searching for, use the name of the language as the keyword.

Table of Contents

Chinese (Mandarin)

Sins of the Fathers (Fu zhi zui) DBG18060
by Lawrence Block

Health Maintenance and Anti-Aging Tips (Le ling yang sheng, kang lao zhi hui) DBF11003
乐龄养生, 抗老智慧
by Andi Sun

Seven Required Courses on Life (Ren sheng bi xiu de 7 tang ke) DBF11004
by Juanyu Wu

Manjuan Zhang's Personally Selected Classics (Zhang Manjuan si fang jing dian) DBF11005
by Manjuan Zhang

Chinese Contemporary Bible: New Testament DBF11000

Chinese Contemporary Bible: Old Testament DBF11001



Salammbo BRG04403
by Gustave Flaubert

Under the Dome BRG04414
Dôme: Tome 1 / roman
by Stephen King

Tales of the Woodcock BRG04400
Contes de la bécasse
by Guy de Maupassant

I Am No One You Know BRG04407
Vous ne me connaissez pas: nouvelles
by Joyce Carol Oates

The Night at the Crossroads BRG04397
La nuit du carrefour
by Georges Simenon

The Widow BRG04412
La veuve Couderc
by Georges Simenon

Accidental Heroes BRG04447
Héros d'un jour: roman
by Danielle Steel

Duchess BRG04426
La duchesse: roman
by Danielle Steel

Lord of the Rings BRG04434
Le seigneur des anneaux: l'intégrale
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Thérèse Raquin BRG04402
Thérèse Raquin
by Émile Zola

Talking Books

Matilda DBG18001
by Roald Dahl

The War DBG18058
La douleur
by Marguerite Duras

Small Country DBG17394
Petit pays: roman
by Gaël Faye

Story of my Life DBG18186
Sourde, muette, aveugle: histoire de ma vie
by Helen Keller

Blind? So What!: Testimonials DBG18157
Aveugle? Et alors!: témoignages
by Léo Koesten

Valentin Haüy: From the Book the Blind by a Blind Man DBG18154
Valentin Haüy: d'après le livre Les aveugles par un aveugle
by Maurice de La Sizeranne

Blind and Sighted: Beyond Misunderstandings DBG18183
Aveugles et voyants: au-delà des malentendus
by René Laurentin

A Blind Man at the Élysée DBG18153
Un aveugle à l'Élysée
by Vincent Michel

I See My Happiness: The Great Challenges of the Blind Adventurer DBG18066
Je vois mon bonheur: les grands défis de l'Aventurier aveugle
by Gérard Muller

A Brief History of Equality DBG18059
Une brève histoire de l'égalité
by Thomas Piketty

Normal People DBG18014
Normal people
by Sally Rooney

Philosophy in the Bedroom DBG18056
La philosophie dans le boudoir: les instituteurs immoraux
by Marquis de Sade

Over My Shoulder DBG18151
Derrière l'épaule
by Françoise Sagan

Ru DBG18007
by Kim Thúy

The World of the Blind: An Essay in Psychology DBG18064
Le monde des aveugles: essai de psychologie
by Pierre Villey


Encounter DB108131
by Bodo Kirchhoff

Coffee and Cigarettes DB108879
Kaffee und Zigaretten
by Ferdinand von Schirach

Annette: A Heroine Epic DB108078
Annette: ein Heldinnenepos
by Anne Weber


Whiteoak Chronicles 1-3 DBG18141
Rodzina Whiteoaków. Tom 1-3
by Mazo De la Roche

New Testament DBF04677
Nowy Testament: nowy przekład z języka greckiego na współczesny Język Polski na kasetach.
by Ksawery Jasieński

The Books of Jacob DBG17979
Księgi Jakubowe
by Olga Tokarczuk

Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead DBG17976
Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych
by Olga Tokarczuk

Flights DBG17977
by Olga Tokarczuk

House of Day, House of Night DBG17972
Dom dzienny, dom nocny
by Olga Tokarczuk

The Journey of the Book-People DBG17975
Podróż ludzi księgi
by Olga Tokarczuk

The Wardrobe DBG17974
by Olga Tokarczuk

Winter Stories DBG17978
Opowiadania zimowe
by Olga Tokarczuk


Sense and Sensibility DB107966
Razão e sensibilidade
by Jane Austen

Popol Vuh: The Splendor of the Ancient Word of the Quiché Mayans of Quauhtlemallan; Bloody Dawn, History and Myth DB107965
Popol Vuh: o esplendor da palavra antiga dos Maias-Quiché de Quauhtlemallan : aurora sangrenta, história e mito
by Josely Vianna Baptista


The Citadel (Krepost') DB108096
Крепость: роман
by Petr Aleshkovskiĭ

That's Why They're Called Wolves (Na to i volki) DBF04783
На то и волки
by Aleksandr Bushkov

The Big Sleep (Vechnyi son) DBF03782
Вечный сон
by Raymond Chandler

The Pandora Directive (Ustroystvo Pandora) DBF04781
Устройство «Пандора»
by Aaron Conners

Sir Nigel (Ser Naidzhel) DBF04354
Сэр Найджел
by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rebecca (Rebekka) DBF04348
by Daphne Du Maurier

Thais of Athens (Tais Afinskai︠a︡) DBF03780
Таис Афинская
by Ivan Antonovich Efremov

Transformations DBF04339
by Inna Goff

Dead Souls (Mertvye dushi) DBF05041
Мёртвые души
by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ

The Iliad (Iliada) DBF04766
by Homer

Damn Cop (Ment ukhodit) DBF04365
Мент поганый
by Nikolaĭ Leonov

Duel with the Dragon (Poedinok so Zmeem) DBF04753
Поединок со Змеем
by Marii︠a︡ Semënova

The Two Kings (Dva korolâ) DBF04751
Два короля
by Marii︠a︡ Semënova

A Love Story (Istoriia liubovnaia) DBF04346
История любовная
by Ivan Sergeevich Shmelev

Prince Serebrenni (Kniaz Serebrianyi) DBF03779
Князь Серебряный
by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy


Between the Valley and the Shadows DB108077
Entre el valle y las sombras
by Isabel Acuña

Leave the World Behind DB105618
Dejar el mundo atrás
by Rumaan Alam

Brickmakers DB108444
by Selva Almada

A movie in My Pillow DB107751
Una película en mi almohada
by Jorge Argueta

A Burning Fog DB108098
Niebla ardiente
by Laura Baeza

Central American Book of the Dead DB107733
Libro centroamericano de los muertos
by Balam Rodrigo

Letters from Cuba DB108076
Cartas de Cuba
by Ruth Behar

The Holy Bible DBG17905
Sagrada Biblia
translated by Eloíno Nácar Fúster and Alberto Colunga Cueto

Milo Imagines the World DB108105
Milo imagina el mundo
by Matt de la Peña

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris DB104471
No es amor, es solo París
by Patricia Engel

The Sheriff of Prescott and His Code DBC26761
El sheriff de Prescott y su código
by Marcial Lafuente Estefanía

Mr. Lyon DB108857
Mr. Lyon
by Noah Evans

Sitting in a Lime Tree DB108475
Sentada en su verde limón
by Marcial Gala

The Missing Person DB108126
El ausente
by Raúl Garbantes

Crash & Burn DB104055
Tocado y hundido
by Lisa Gardner

Red Queen Trilogy: Books 1-2 DB101393
Trilogía Reina Roja. Libros 1-2
by Juan Gómez-Jurado

Across a Hundred Mountains DB103747
A través de cien montañas
by Reyna Grande

The Broker DB107656
El intermediario
by John Grisham

Tezozómoc: The Forgotten Tyrant DB107748
Tezozómoc: el tirano olvidado
by Sofía Guadarrama Collado

Fifty Shades Darker DBG18073
Más oscuro
by E.L. James

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared DBG16992
El abuelo que saltó por la ventana y se largó
by Jonas Jonasson

Blood Test DBG17390
Pruebas de sangre
by Jonathan Kellerman

Dark Tower DBG18099
La torre oscura
by Stephen King

A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz DB108072
Yo, Dita Kraus: la bibliotecaria de Auschwitz
by Dita Kraus

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive DB107747
Criada: trabajo duro, sueldos bajos y la voluntad de supervivencia de una madre
by Stephanie Land

Swimmy DBC26432
by Leo Lionni

3:16: The Numbers of Hope DB108106
3:16: los números de la esperanza
by Max Lucado

It Was the Horse's Fault DBC26788
La culpa fue del caballo
by Keith Luger

The Bourne Betrayal DB107105
La traición de Bourne
by Eric Lustbader

Kingdom of Ash DB106968
Reino de cenizas
by Sarah J. Maas

The List DB103699
La lista
by Blanca Miosi

The Switch DB108057
En tus zapatos
by Beth O'Leary

Dark Constellations DB103748
Las constelaciones oscuras
by Pola Oloixarac

Small Great Things DB107110
Pequeñas grandes cosas
by Jodi Picoult

Equal Rites DB108875
Ritos iguales
by Terry Pratchett

The German Doctor DB103746
by Lucía Puenzo

To Bury Our Fathers DB108155
¿Te dio miedo la sangre?
by Sergio Ramírez

In an Instant: There Are Decisions That Scar Us Forever DB107406
En un instante: hay decisiones que nos marcan para siempre
by Suzanne Redfearn

The Invincible Summer of Liliana DB107986
El invencible verano de Liliana
by Cristina Rivera Garza

An Unsuitable Wife DB106977
Una esposa inadecuada
by Hilda Rojas Correa

Separated: Inside an American Tragedy DB107447
Separados: La Historia de una Tragedia Americana
by Jacob Soboroff

The Return DB105616
El regreso
by Nicholas Sparks

Five Days in Paris DB107669
Cinco días en París
by Danielle Steel

Pink Grime DB107969
Mugre rosa
by Fernanda Trías

The Bible DBG17938
La Biblia
translated by Casiodoro de Reina and Cipriano de Valera

Fortunato DB107404
by J.R. Vargas

Palm Trees in a Passing Breeze: A Journey to Yucatan DB107654
Palmeras de la brisa rápida: un viaje a Yucatán
by Juan Villoro

Valentine DB107390
Amor y furia
by Elizabeth Wetmore

Rage DB107666
by Bob Woodward

Bonsai and The Private Lives of Trees DB103741
Bonsái y La vida privada de los árboles
by Alejandro Zambra


On-Time, On-Target Manager DBG17230
Vị giám đốc hiệu quả
by Kenneth H. Blanchard

Whale Done! DBG16995
Sức mạnh của sự khích lệ
by Kenneth H. Blanchard

How to Win Friends and Influence People DBG17248
Đắc nhân tâm
by Dale Carnegie

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living DBG17244
Quang gánh lo đi và vui sống
by Dale Carnegie

Living to Tell the Tale DBG17250
Sống để kể lại
by Gabriel García Márquez

365 Prescriptions for the Soul DBG16859
Quà tặng cuộc sống
by Bernie S. Siegel

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