Wed 22-12-2021 14:42 PM
ABU DHABI, 22nd December, 2021 (WAM) -- The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, has awarded six grants for the translation of five winning Arabic-language titles which have been published into English, German, French, Georgian and Ukranian, in collaboration with four international publishers.
The announcement was made as literary circles celebrated the UNESCO World Arabic Language Day, observed on 18th December each year.
The translation grants are awarded to international publishers that issue works in foreign languages and are interested in translating SZBA-winning or shortlisted titles in Children’s Literature and Literature categories.
Three of the translated works are from the Award’s Children’s Literature category: 2017 winner "Hat-less" by Kuwaiti author, Lateefah Boti, translated into English by Nancy Roberts in collaboration with Darf Publishers; 2020 winner "Lilac Girl" by Palestinian-American author, Ibtisam Barakat, translated into German by Suleman Taufiq in collaboration with German publisher, Sujet Verlag, and 2014 winner "Thirty Poems for Children" by Lebanese poet, Jawdat Fakhreddine, translated into French by Leila Tahir and into English by Huda Fakhreddine, in collaboration with Bookland Press.
From the Literature category, the two translated titles are 2018 winner "Remorse Test" by Syrian author, Khalil Sweileh, translated into German by Suleman Taufiq in collaboration with Sujet Verlag and into Ukrainian by Oksana Prokhorovych at Nora-Druk Publishers. The second title is 2015 winner "The Madmen of Bethlehem" by Palestinian author Osama Alaysa, translated into Georgian by Darejan Garda-vadze in collaboration with Intelekti Publishing.
"We have published the translations this year in parallel with the recent celebration of UNESCO World Arabic Language Day 2021 under the slogan ‘Arabic Language: A Bridge Between Civilisations,’" said Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Secretary-General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and ALC Chairman.
Madjid Mohit, Publisher and CEO of Sujet Verlag in Germany, said, "With the significant support we have received from the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, we hope to establish a dialogue between German and Arabic speakers by presenting Arabic voices in German to German-speaking audiences."
Robert Morgan, Publisher at Bookland Press in Canada, said, "The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s translation grant gives Bookland Press and other publishing houses access to popular works by contemporary Arab authors. And by publishing translated books from the Arab World, we can expose North American readers to new voices, new perspectives, and innovative new ideas."
Gvantsa Jobava, Editor and International Relations Manager at Intelekti Publishing, in Georgia, said, "In the 25 years since its establishment, Intelekti Publishing has introduced several works by renowned contemporary Arab writers to the Georgian market. These include novels such as ‘Miramar’, ‘Rhadopis’, and ‘Children of Gebelawi’ by Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author, Naguib Mahfouz; ‘Gold Dust’ by Libyan writer, Ibrahim Al Koni; ‘B as in Beirut’ by Lebanese author, Iman Humaydan Younes, and ‘Death Is Hard Work’ by Syrian novelist, Khaled Khalifa."
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award launched its translation grant programme in 2018, offering up to US$19,000 in financing to promote and distribute Arabic literature worldwide.