Rabee Jaber’s Confessions, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, was yesterday named a finalist for the 2017 PEN Center USA award for translation:
Four-book lists of finalists were announced in eight categories, including translation.
PEN Center USA, which bills itself as “the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization,” is the West Coast center of PEN International. This year’s translation-prize judges are Jennifer Croft, Elisabeth Jaquette, and Idra Novey.
As it’s Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth), we’ll also note that half the PEN Center USA list is made up of titles by women: one by 2009 Nobel winner Herta Müller and the other by celebrated Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga.
PEN USA’s 2017 winners will be announced in early September.
Read a review of Confessions that appeared in The Chicago Tribune, written by ArabLit’s chief editor.
A Q&A with Jaber’s English-language translator, Kareem James Abu-Zeid: On Translating Rabee Jaber, Finally
Interviews with Jaber:
December 2011, with IPAF organizers