NTM 10-year Retrospective: 2019 “Say Wallahi,” an excerpt from Ubah Cristina Ali Farah’s “Il comandante del fiume” translated from the Italian by Hope Campbell Gustafson

In today’s retrospective, we’re excited to share the work of another 2019 PEN Heim Translation Grant winner, Hope Campbell Gustafson, for her impressive translation of the novel Il comandante del fiume by the award-winning author of Italian-Somali descent, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah.

This powerful novel is the coming-of-age story of the teenager Yabar, and it deals with war, colonialism, terrorism, racism, Islam, relationships, trauma, memory, as well as the movement and mixing of people and cultures and languages. And a street mural in London, with its haunting eyes of a young migrant, is the perfect accompaniment for the text.

This is a compelling read that we hope will transport you into a new world. Tell us what you think using @TranslateMonth and #TranslationMonth!

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

Click HERE to read Say Wallahi, an excerpt from Ubah Cristina Ali Farah’s Il comandante del fiume translated from the Italian by Hope Campbell Gustafson

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Spotlight on Women in Iranian Literature: Excerpt from the Award-winning Novel Vis & I by Farideh Razi Translated from the Persian by Niloufar Talebi

We’re delighted to share an excerpt from the riveting novel Vis & I (l’Aleph, March 15, 2017), winner of the 1998 “Novel of the Year” Literature Award, written by the acclaimed Iranian writer Farideh Razi and translated from the Persian by the accomplished writer, translator, and multimedia artist Niloufar Talebi. Vis & I is an interior monologue during a harrowing cab ride through the streets of Tehran as Pardis rushes to the airport to stop her lover from leaving. Multiple narrative threads and flashbacks, real and imaginary voices–primarily that of Vis, the heroine of the Persian epic romance, Vis & Ramin–interweave in this gritty, postmodern love story. Vis & I poses the ultimate challenge: to exercise the strength of will that Vis has come to represent in the Iranian literary canon and psyche in the vindication of a forbidden love and being true to oneself. This is a compelling read we hope it will transport you. Happy National Translation Month and happy reading!

 —Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

Click HERE to read Spotlight on Women in Iranian Literature: Excerpt from the Award-winning Novel Vis & I by Farideh Razi Translated from the Persian by Niloufar Talebi

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“Planet Tokyo,” a Novel by Claudia Golea Sumiya Translated from the Romanian by Ana Prundaru

Today, we’re delighted to present an excerpt from “Planet Tokyo” (Polirom, Romania, 1998), the debut novel of the Romanian-born writer Claudia Golea Sumiya who now lives in Japan, translated by another Romanian-born artist and writer who lives in Switzerland, Ana Prundaru. As Prundaru writes in her intro, the novel describes, “with radical honesty and deadpan humor, Golea Sumiya’s turbulent first year in Japan as a twenty-something-year-old student” and her struggle to build a new life first as a professional and then as a writer in a foreign country. We’re also excited to feature several of Ana Prundaru’s moody and intriguing collages on Japanese themes.

And remember, in September and beyond, take time to explore the world from your own living room through your favorite thought-provoking literary translations.

Let us know where they take you—we’d love to hear from you.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

Click HERE to read Planet Tokyo, a Novel by Claudia Golea Sumiya Translated from the Romanian by Ana Prundaru

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