Happy Birthday Kamila Shamsie!
|Kamila Shamsie (born August 13, 1973) – Pakistani novelist – Home Fire (2017)
Read about Kamila Shamsie here and here
“…it wasn’t until Shamsie moved to America as a student that she began to write about Karachi. ‘That came out of homesickness,’ she says. ‘It was a way of recreating the world on the page.'”
Shamsie gives a talk on Karachi culture:
“Urdu poetry… has always been very much more democratic in a way that it doesn’t even rely on literacy. Where there’s music, there’s poetry.”
[Reading from one of her books at minute 47:40]
Read about Shamsie’s nomination for the 2017 Man Booker Prize here
Happy Birthday Anne Born!
Anne Born (born 1924, U.K. poet and literary translator)
Read about Anne Born here and here
Read Anne Born’s obituary here
“Anne began writing for publication in the 1960s. Already a private poet, she also began writing and translating short pieces commercially before finding her feet as one of Britain’s foremost translators of Danish, something with which she obtained considerable practical assistance from her husband. This was well ahead of the current boom in “Eurocrime”, at a time when literary translation was almost entirely confined to the classics, or at least to “high” literature. Born contributed to both genres, for example in translating Hans Christian Andersen’s The Comet (in 1982); in providing the first English rendition of The Snow Queen and Other Poems (in 1977); and in translating the entire oeuvre of Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen), including Letters from Africa, 1914-1931 (1981).”