by Justin Furlong, Acquisitions Librarian
Have you ever read The Picture of Dorian Gray in Arabic? John Banville in Japanese? Perhaps you would prefer Colum McCann’s IMPAC award winning novel Let the Great World Spin in Danish? Or how about Eoin Colfer’s children’s book, Benny & Omar, in Hebrew? Anne Enright in Latvian, John Connolly in Chinese…
These are just a few examples of the latest generous donation to the National Library from Ireland Literature Exchange, the national organisation for the international promotion of Irish literature in English and Irish. Since 1994 ILE has funded the translation of over 1,500 works of Irish literature into 50 languages from around the world. See Ireland Literature Exchange for more information, and here’s some of ILE’s translations that have found their way onto our shelves.
So if you’ve ever wanted to read Colm Tóibín in Brazilian Portuguese and can’t quite make it to Rio de Janeiro, you know where to come!