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East - South Translation Grants

Tuesday 13 September 2011 by Ina Doublekova

This grant scheme aimed at facilitating provision of content from Central and Eastern Europe into Arabic. This approach was consistent with Next Page’s core competency in facilitating exchange amongst “non-mainstream” languages and is particularly relevant in the current environment, where countries seek alternative models and perspectives beyond those offered by the West.

The East-South translations support from Central and Eastern Europe aimed to offer a valuable glimpse into a region that is relatively unknown to the Arab world yet straddles “East” and “West” and exemplifies the variety and diversity of approaches and stories that exist beyond the traditional confines of the Europe-Middle East division.

The program was implemented in close cooperation with Sphinx agency from Cairo and in 2008 was expanded into the Encounters program.


Contracts for 11 titles have been signed. Ultimately, 9 titles have been published. All translations into Arabic are subject to an independent quality evaluation comissioned by Next Page prior to being published.

Country Publisher Translated from Title Author
1 Egypt Nevro Latvian With Dance Shoes in Siberian Snows Sandra Kalniete
2 Lebanon Bashoon Polish Those who Trespass Against Us: One woman’s war against the Nazis Karolina Lanckoronska
3 Egypt Nevro Polish Gnawing on Stone Wojciech Tochman
4 Egypt Sphinx multi Balkan Anthology collective
5 Egypt Al Hadara Serbian The Serbs Sima Cibkovic
6 Syria Kana’an Croatian Café Europa: Life After Communism Slavenka Drakulic
7 Syria Kana’an English A History of East European Jews Heiko Haumann
8 Egypt Mahrosa Croatian Nobody’s Home Dubravka Ugresic
9 Egypt Mahrosa English The Gypsies in the Ottoman Empire Elena Marushiakova, Vesselin Popov