Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation gains exclusive rights to translate Noble Laureate Doris Lessing’s books
Saturday, 6 September 2008
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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation


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The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation today announced it has acquired exclusive rights for translating three books of Doris Lessing, acclaimed British novelist and winner of the 2007 Noble Prize for Literature, following its successful translation of ‘Memoirs of a Survivor’.

The Foundation will finance the translation, printing and publishing of Lessing’s books in collaboration with Arab Scientific Publishers in Beirut, as part its relentless efforts to make available rich literary classics to the avid Arabic reader.

Collaborating with leading translators in the Arab world, the Foundation will release the translated versions of Lessing’s The Sweetest Dream, The Grandmothers, and The Cleft by the end of this year.

During the Foundation’s participation at the 2008 London Book Fair, a delegation led by Yasser Hareb, Deputy Director for Culture, held discussions with the renowned novelist at her residence in London.

Yasser Hareb said: “The Foundation is privileged to have acquired exclusive rights for translating bestsellers in literature, which constitutes 25 per cent of the overall target of the Tarjem translation initiative, the rest being allocated to books in business, management, science and literature.

“We chose the brilliant fables of Doris Lessing for her inimitable style and accurate depiction of human emotions, based on her agility to move between realism and symbolism. We are confident that Arab readers will enjoy their in-depth journey into her mind.”


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