Celebrating the work of translator Denys Johnson-Davies at Café Riche

The AUC Press held a celebratory book signing event last month at Cairo's iconic literary Café Riche to mark the contribution of prominent translator Denys Johnson-Davies to Arabic literature, including his latest book, Homecoming: Sixty Years of Egyptian Short Stories (AUC Press, 2012).

Johnson-Davies, who turns 90 years old this year, has been described as "a pioneer in the project of translating works of modern Arabic literature into English and in the complex process of persuading publishers of the value of publishing such works in the Anglophone market" by Roger Allen, emeritus professor of Arabic & comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and literary translator. Paul Starkey, professor of Arabic at Durham University, and literary translator, credits Johnson-Davies with "putting modern Arabic writing on the map." And British publisher Margaret Obank salutes Johnson-Davies as "one of the unwitting catalysts for change by persevering with translating and bringing to the Anglophone world an array of interesting, powerful writers."

 

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