New Zealand Listener

Her line in the sand

The final pages of Jokha Alharthi’s ground-breaking novel Celestial Bodies were briefly under threat in the English translation. Her editor wanted to lose the dream-like sequence. But whereas the Omani writer agreed to alter the Arabic text by adding chapter headings and varying fonts to denote the narrations of the character Abdullah, she put her foot down on axing the last section.

“I said … if I have to remove that, then don’t publish it.” Alharthi knew what mattered. won the International Man Booker Prize last year and, in retrospect, those final pages seem critical to what she so brilliantly does throughout the novel, disrupting readers’ expectations of what life might be like in a small town in the Middle Eastern sultanate.

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Ähnliche Interessen

Mehr von New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener3 min gelesenSociety
Out In The Wash
Many people have tired, heavy eyes by the end of the day, but they assume there’s nothing they can do about it. According to Dunedin ophthalmologist Dr Logan Mitchell, they may be surprised at the difference basic eyelid hygiene can make. It’s not co
New Zealand Listener2 min gelesen
Lost in Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Andrew Davies likes to sex up the works of Jane Austen, and so it is with Sanditon (UKTV, Sky 007, Monday, 9.30pm), his adaptation of Austen’s final, unfinished work. Davies has plenty of leeway. Austen fam
New Zealand Listener4 min gelesen
Mastering The New Normal
It’s unexpectedly cheering to find that the Government and Opposition initially squabbled furiously about how to run a reduced but still accountable Parliament. For all that people say this is no time for politics, it’s important to keep its motor in