Jonathan Wright: Change and Continuity in Contemporary Arabic Fiction
November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jonathan Wright will draw on his experience as a translator of contemporary Arabic fiction to examine and critique the assumptions that underpin a corpus of literature written in Modern Standard Arabic.
This is the annual Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize Lecture.
Jonathan Wright studied Arabic at Oxford and worked as a journalist for Reuters for many years, mostly in the Arab world. He turned to literary translation in 2008 and has since translated more than 20 novels and other books, as well as dozens of short stories. stories. He translated novels by Hassan Blasim, Ahmed Saadawi, Saud Alsanousi, Sinan Antoon, Mazen Maarouf, Amjad Nasser and others. He has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize.