A Translator, A Translation, A Trinity, and A Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
Aaliya Saleh is the 'unnecessary woman', a 72yr old living in Beirut who translates books for herself and no other. It will be interesting to compare to Asunder (which we read last year) as they both examine vivid inner lives.
With resonance in the contemporary world, Child of All Nations was written in 1938 and centres around Kully, displaced by a war she doesn't understand, unable to return to Germany where her father's books are banned.
Echoing Snow White, the fifth and most recent novel from Helen Oyeyemi (named on Granta's 2013 list of Best Young British Novelists) revolves around a female trinity with questions of identity at its core.
Perhaps the best known work of this English-Indian-Scottish-Cuban writer, Of Love and Hunger tells the story of Richard Fanshawe, a young man trying sell vacuum cleaners to sceptical women in the 1940s.
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