PEN America has announced this year’s recipients of Translation Fund grants. The Fund, now in its fourteenth year, provides support for translation projects from a broad range of languages, this year including Arabic, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Nepali. Among this year’s recipients is STiNA member Kira Josefsson “for her skilled translation from the Swedish of The Arab by Pooneh Rohi, a novel that offers a compassionate portrait of the isolation and humiliations suffered by a former civil engineer in Iran as he builds up a life in his new country.
All the author Johannes Anyuru’s father P. wants to do as a young man is fly planes, but when he tries to return to Africa after being trained in Greece to fly for the Ugandan air force, he is detained and forced into a series of refugee camps.
When a twelve-year-old girl appears fully formed out of the head of her father, she is turned over to social services, where she is given the name Anna. She is sent to live with a family in northern Sweden but when it is found that she can speak in tongues, the pressure from the church becomes too much and she suffers a breakdown and is admitted into a psychiatric ward.