Feb. 21, 2023

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Translator Paula Haydar (assistant professor, Arabic; World Languages, Literatures and Cultures) will learn from one in every of her current publications, Jabbour Douaihy’s Firefly (Seagull Books, 2022), co-translated with Nadine Sinno.

Firefly is a searing portrait of the town of Beirut on the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil Conflict within the early Seventies, as seen by way of the eyes of its easy, but perplexing, protagonist, Nizam al-Alami. On Nizam’s nationwide ID card, no faith is listed. Muslim by beginning, he’s Christian by baptism. As a younger boy, he discovered his means into an orchard whereas taking part in, and its house owners, Touma and Rakheema, immediately fell for him and agreed to lift him as their very own, as a Christian, with out a lot resistance from his Muslim dad and mom.

The novel by Douaihy (deceased) was translated by Haydar and Sinno. Haydar, an assistant professor of Arabic within the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures on the U of A, will learn from the translated version and signal books.


Location: Pearl’s Books — 28 E. Heart St., Fayetteville

Date: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Extra data on Haydar and her work is obtainable on her college web site.

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