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Translator, the (1999) [Novel]
by Leila Aboulela Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Sammar is a young Sudanese widow working as an Arabic translator in a British university. Following the sudden death of her husband, and estranged from her young son, she drifts - grieving, isolated and exiled from the warmth and colours of her home.

Slowly life returns when she finds herself falling in love with Rae, a Scottish academic. Twice divorced and a self-proclaimed cynic, to Sammar he seems to come from another world. Separated by culture and faith, but drawn to each other, this is a story about love, both human and divine.

Original title: The Translator
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionReligiousIslam
FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalImmigrant


Edition #1: The Translator

The Translator (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "The Translator is a subtle investigation into the meaning of exile and home, doubt and faith, loss and love. Leila Aboulela's writing is always beautifully observed, her voice one of restrained lyricism: she is a writer of rare and original talent." Duncan McLean
  • "Aboulela has an unmistakable style, full of poetry and very moving. [The Translator] is an apt, resonant caution filled with love and poignant understanding about the world. It is exactly what fiction ought to be." Todd McEwan
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The Translator (2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802170262
Pages: 203

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The Translator (2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 074866257X
Pages: 184

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The Translator (2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 0435912070
Pages: 203

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