Meet the Translator: Shelley Fairweather-Vega

  • 08/20/2020
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • Online with Folio

NOTIS's Northwest Literary Translators and Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum have teamed up to organize a series of lectures by local literary translators about their published books. First up is NOTIS president Shelley Fairweather-Vega, discussing her translation of Hamid Ismailov's novel Of Strangers and Bees. All are welcome!


Translators of international literature serve to dissolve stereotypes and open our eyes to the common humanity between people of varying nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. Join us in celebrating the gift translators have to offer, and expand your view of universal literature with a series of monthly presentations featuring local translators and their books.

In the first event the series Shelley Fairweather-Vega presents Of Strangers and Bees. Translated from Uzbek and Russian. To purchase a copy of the book online visit Tilted Axis Press.

Following the award-winning The Devils' Dance, Hamid Ismailov has crafted another masterpiece, combining traditional oral storytelling with contemporary global fiction to create a modern Sufi parable about the search for truth and wisdom. 

Waking from a portentous dream, Uzbek writer Sheikhov is convinced that the medieval polymath Avicenna lives on, condemned to roam the world. The novel follows Avicenna in various incarnations across the ages from Ottoman Turkey to medieval Germany and Renaissance Italy. Sheikhov plies the same route, though his troubles are distinctly modern as he endures the petty humiliations of exile.

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