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Leila Aboulela was born in 1964, grew up in Khartoum and moved to the UK in her twenties to study at the London School of Economics. In 1992, while living in Aberdeen with two young children and a husband working offshore, Leila found comfort through writing about her home city. She attended creative-writing workshops which helped to broaden her reading and introduced her to Scottish writers. Her last novel 'Minaret', published by Bloomsbury, was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Leila Aboulela now lives in Abu Dhabi and is currently working on her third novel.
Alone in overcast Aberdeen, where she works as a translator, Sudanese widow Sammar falls for Scottish Islamic scholarAand nonbelieverARae. Aboulela's debut, Minaret, contended for several major awards. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'A story of love and faith all the more moving for the restraint with which it is written' -- J.M. Coetzee 'She pulls you into her world as she refracts British life, its smells and sounds, its advertisements and turns of phrase' * Independent * 'An exceptionally well-crafted and beautifully written novel' * The Guardian * 'A lyrical journey about exile, loss and love... poetry in motion' * The Sunday Times *
Sammar, a young Sudanese widow, is working as a translator in a Scottish university when love blossoms between herself and her Scottish supervisor, Rae Isles, a scholar of the Middle East and of Third World politics. A religious Muslim who covers her hair, Sammar has left her young son in Khartoum to be raised by her aunt and quells her loneliness by throwing herself into her job translating terrorist documents for kindly divorc? Rae. The two signal their growing love for one another with sympathy (and chastity). On the eve of her trip to Khartoum to see her son and bring him back with her, she confronts Rae, desperate to know if he will accept Islam-since a relationship to her is impossible without marriage, and that marriage is impossible without his conversion. His hesitation reveals the cultural gulf between them, and Sammar is pierced to the quick. Though The Translator is Aboulela's second novel to be released in the U.S., it is the Sudanese-British author's first, published in the U.K. in 1999. (Her third, Minaret, appeared here last year.) With authentic detail and insight into both cultures, Aboulela painstakingly constructs a truly transformative denouement. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.