Iris just finished Babel by R.F. Kuang and can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s about a fictional version of Oxford, where one of the university’s colleges is dedicated to translations – Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. Its translators need to know many languages and understand their deep meanings to uncover the magic in their words. Babel is about colonialism, magic and academia—and features both their beauty and darkness—including the violent history of the western world.