Daily Archives: 22 January 2018

Cairo International Book Fair

Later this month people will flock to the Egyptian capital Cairo. In this metropole an Internal Book Fair will be held. An event like this many people will gather to be present, to speech, to negotiate, to browse, to linger, to be surprised. May many people go and enjoy themselves.

Some more information on this Fair you will find here.


Landeg White obituary

His name was completely unfamiliar to me when I read it in this news item in a newspaper. It is a obituary. The man who passed away is Landeg White who spent many years in several African countries in the educational field. His was specializing in the Lusophone part of the continent as a writer and a scholar. He wrote poetry and non-fiction and taught at universities in Malawi and Zambia. 

Landeg White’s translation of Luís de Camões’s Lusíads in the Oxford World Classics series won the TLS poetry translation prize in 1998

New collection of South African feminist essays

Next month a new collection of essays on feminism in South Africa will be available in bookstores in South Africa. The launch however will be a month later in Cape Town, at the famous Book Lounge. 

Read more about this collection here


Teaching with Arabic literature in translation

Would it be wonderful to know the original language of a book that you want to read? Recently I read a few books by a famous Egyptian writer. I cannot read Arabic.I have to flee to a translation. Fortunately I enjoyed the book very much. Many people find themselves in the same situation as I. Thanks to translators our world of books has been widened.

In this article you will find an interview with Hillary Plum on teaching and translating.