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Found in translation

By Mary Fitzgerald  

Avid Prospect readers will remember our September report that Kalima, a new foundation dedicated to Arabic translation, was stepping up to stem the woeful shortfall of books translated into Arabic. Now their first 100 choices have been announced – and the list offers a fascinating insight into how western culture might be ‘translated’.

One must remember this selection is somewhat distorted by the fact that a number of foreign books do already exist in Arabic – (so, for example, Kalima have chosen Milton’s Paradise Regained, as the more celebrated Paradise Lost has already been translated). Nevertheless, what has been chosen,…

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