“Zayed Book” supports translating “the test of remorse” into Ukrainian – Our Life – Culture

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The Sheikh Zayed Book Award at the Abu Dhabi Center for Arabic Language, affiliated to the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, announced that it has offered a translation grant to the Ukrainian publishing house “Nora Druk Publishers” to translate the novel “The Test of Remorse”, by the Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh, the winner of the prize in the Literature Branch for the year 2018. .

The Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Language Center, Dr. Ali bin Tamim, said: “We are pleased to announce the first translations of the award for 2021, which comes after the success of the translation grant last year, as we launched six translations in English, French, German and Ukrainian for the winning works. The award, as the translation grant is one of the most important strategic initiatives witnessed by the literary sector in the Arab world, as it opens the doors of universality to Arab writers, and contributes to publishing their works in a number of languages, enabling them to reach a multicultural and multicultural audience, and we will continue to provide support through a grant Translation to supply the various global markets with the best literary products in the Arab world ».

Eleonora Simonova, director of Nora Druk Publishers, said: “We chose this literary work because it highlights the similarities in the impact wars have on countries, regardless of background and cultures. Wars are a global issue that leads to similar results, and in essence it does not displace. Bodies, but also spirits. ”

The Syrian journalist and novelist, Khalil Sweileh, said: “To translate your novel into another language, this means that it flew with two wings outside the land of your mother tongue. Euphoria leads you to questions of the type: How does the other receive the pain of another language in his own language, to what extent will the destinies of characters who live with different concerns attract him, and what degree of influence of a foreign reader is with the climates that have created them, without thinking that they will travel great distances to be part of a second culture. Of course, I should thank the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for allowing my novel (The Test of Regret) to breathe additional oxygen outside the space of the Arabic language.

It is noteworthy that the Sheikh Zayed Book Award launched a translation grant in 2018 to enhance the presence of Arabic literature at the global level, and to support Arab writers to enable them to publish their award-winning works in other languages, and the grant provides financial funding of up to 19 thousand dollars to international publishing houses, which work to publish books in languages The works that were translated with the support of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award include: the novel “The Dinoraf” by Emirati writer Hessa Al Muhairi, which has been translated into English, French and Italian, and “Crazy Bethlehem” by the Palestinian writer Osama Al Eisa, which was translated into Ukrainian and French, and a story “I dream of being a cement mixer” by Kuwaiti writer Hussein Al-Mutawa, which has been translated into English, French and German, and the story “Without a Hat” by Kuwaiti writer Latifa Butti, which has been translated into French.


“Regret test” won the prize in the arts branch in 2018.

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