The English translation of Sonia Nimr’s Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands will be available from Interlink Books on November 24:
The novel, translated by ArabLit editor M Lynx Qualey, won the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature, in the Young Adult category, and is an all-ages historical fantasy adventure. Its hero, Qamar, is born as her parents are journeying to a small mountain village in Palestine, where they live on the outskirts of town, not accepted by her father’s relatives.
Qamar grows up among books — one book in particular, Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands — and sets off on a series of nested adventures, one spooling into the next, in an Ibn Battuta-esque adventure-within-an-adventure through medieval Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Andalusia, Genoa, Abyssinia, India, the Maldives, and Yemen.
Sonia Nimr is a multi-award-winning author and nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award who weaves together contemporary stories with folklore for readers of all ages.
Apologies, these will be mailed out from Interlink and can go to USA addresses only. However, it need not be your address; feel free to enter and gift the book to someone in the US.
The giveaway will remain open through midnight, November 24, 2020.