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SELF-TRANSLATION AND REWRITING WITH AMARA LAKHOUS

“Rewriting my Novels in Arabic and Italian: Going beyond Self-Translation”

A talk by novelist AMARA LAKHOUSLakhous_cover

Thursday 3 May 2011

Victorian Trades Hall, Carlton

In this talk, the author Amara Lakhous, who publishes in both Arabic and Italian, discussed his novels Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio (Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio) and Divorzio all’islamica a viale Marconi (Divorce Islamic Style). The multilingual Lakhous, who has lived in Italy for many years, experiments with language by enriching his Italian prose with expressions, imagery and terms from his homeland, Algeria: “I Arabise Italian and Italianise Arabic”, he explains.