As World Book Day approaches  I would like to recommend you one of the most original, clever and tender books I have read recently: Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders, who describes herself as “a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident“.


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Lost in Translation is an artistic collection of more than 50 beautifully illustrated words that don’t have a direct translation in other languages.  These poignant words poetically express certain emotions and unique feelings like “finding beauty in the imperfections” or  “the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees”.


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This dictionary of untranslatable words book would make any traveller smile as it provides insight into many cultures, and at the same time  it moves you to tears as you feel that you want more of these words in your life!


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I wish you all that you feel “commuovere” when you read a book, that you can find “wabi-sabi” in your daily life and that your days are filled with  “kilig”.  


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All the photos in this post have been reprinted with permission from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.