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Translating Novels, Translating Experiences with Kareem Abdulrahman


Institute For Middle East Studies

Kareem Abdulrahman translated the first Kurdish novel ever to appear in English. The 2016 novel, I Stared at the Night of the City, by Bakhtiyar Ali, tells the story of a band of friends led by a poet who embark on an odyssey to find the bodies of two lovers killed unjustly by the authorities. In his remarks, Abdulrahman will discuss his approach to translation, and the value such translations have for bridging cultural and linguistic gaps between Kurds and the West.