As 'tis the season (and despite the financial gloom), if anyone is still writing their Christmas list they may find some ideas at the 'Three Percent' website: http://www.rochester.edu/College/translation/threepercent/index.php.
Three Percent have just published their longlist of 'best translated books of 2008' on which there are many well-known names but some not so well known. [Allow me to put in a quick plug for 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog', beautifully written in English and thoroughly enjoyable.]
You may also find other items on the website of interest, and there is an interview with the website's editor at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2008/12/fiction-in-tran.html.
Happy holidays to all!