The Translator

The Translator

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Leila Aboulela’s assured debut is about a widowed Muslim mother living in Aberdeen who falls in love with a Scottish secular academic.

Sammar is a Sudanese widow working as an Arabic translator at a Scottish university. Since the sudden death of her husband, her young son has gone to live with family in Khartoum, leaving Sammar alone in cold, gray Aberdeen, grieving and isolated. But when she begins to translate for Rae, a Scottish Islamic scholar, the two develop a deep friendship that awakens in Sammar all the longing for life she has repressed. As Rae and Sammar fall in love, she knows they will have to address his lack of faith in all that Sammar holds sacred. An exquisitely crafted meditation on love, both human and divine, The Translator is ultimately the story of one woman’s courage to stay true to her beliefs, herself, and her newfound love.

News….

March 3rd- 5th The Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, Dubai

February 23rd, ”Through the Eyes of Others: Developing Empathy by Reading Fiction”, American University Cairo

February 21, “Fiction As Translation” A talk for the Center for Translation Studies, American University Cairo.

October 6th Ilkley Literature Festival In Conversation with Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall from Leeds Beckett University

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Press

*****Review of The Kindness of Enemies in The Independent
*****Allan Massie reviews The Kindness of Enemies in The Scotsman
*****Anthony Mara reviews The Kindness of Enemies in The San Francisco Chronicle.
*****Ron Charles reviews The Kindness of Enemies in the The Washington Post.
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