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Norman Cornett Interviewed by RadioVM

norman cornettDr. Norman Cornett was recently interviewed by RadioVM about his experience translating Farida by Naïm Kattan. In the interview, Norman discusses the significance of Naïm Kattan in general, and his work Farida in particular.

Farida tells the story of a Jewish woman and cabaret singer struggling for survival in pre-World War II Iraq. It is described as a “classic love story featuring passion, jealousy and murder”.

Naïm Kattan was born in Iraq and moved to Montreal in 1954. He is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and critic, who has published more than 30 books. His works that have been translated into English include Farewell Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad, The Neighbour and Other Stories, Reality and Theatre, and A.M. Klein: Poet and Prophet.

Norman Cornett is an educator, religious studies scholar, and art critic. His translations have appeared in journals Canadian Literature, Rampike, Literary Review of Canada, ARC, and Windsor Review.

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