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