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The Translator

Sammar, a young Sudanese widow, works as a translator in Aberdeen. As she falls in love with a Scottish academic, she faces his lack of faith in everything she holds sacred. A ‘Muslim Jane Eyre’ from a writer described by James Roberston as ” a unique and refreshing
voice in contemporary Scottish fiction.”

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First published in 1999 by Polygon.

New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006).


Leila Laboulela

Lelia Aboulela

Leila Aboulela is the author of five novels: Bird Summons (2019), The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, The Kindness of Enemies, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. She was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story collection, Elsewhere, Home won the Saltire Fiction Book of 2018. Leila’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and she was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize. She grew up in Khartoum and moved in her mid-twenties to Aberdeen.