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ISBN: 9781846970801
Published: 29 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Extent: 208
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon , Polygon-2
Categories:
Fiction
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About the Book

The Translator is a story about love, both human and divine.

Sammar is a young Sudanese widow, working as an Arabic translator at a British university. Following the sudden death of her husband and estrangement from her young son, she drifts – grieving and isolated. Life takes a positive turn when she finds herself falling in love with Rae, a Scottish academic. To Sammar, he seems to come from another world and another culture, yet they are drawn to each other. 

'Aboulela is a wonderfully poetic writer ... It is a pleasure to read a novel so full of feeling and yet  so serene' – The Guardian


The Author

Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela was born in 1964, grew up in Khartoum and moved to the UK in her twenties to study at the London School of Economics. In 1992, while living in Aberdeen with two young children and a husband working offshore, Leila found comfort through writing about her home city. She attended creative-writing workshops which helped to broaden her reading and introduced her to Scottish writers. Her last novel 'Minaret', published by Bloomsbury, was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Leila Aboulela now lives in Abu Dhabi and is currently working on her third novel.

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