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Jonathan Wright

Contributor

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright studied Arabic at Oxford University in the 1970s and has spent eighteen of the past thirty years in the Arab world, mostly as a journalist with the international news agency Reuters. His first major literary translation was of Khaled el-Khamissi’s best-selling book Taxi, published in English by Aflame Books in 2008. Other translations include the novel Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan, for which he won the Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, and two collections of short stories by Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim, one of which, The Iraqi Christ, won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014.

Articles by Jonathan Wright

The Bamboo Stalk
By Saud Alsanousi
One evening I called a taxi to go to the gas depot near the central market to change an empty cylinder. One of the streets in Jabriya was severely congested. Jabriya is always crowded, but congestion…
Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright
The Green Zone Rabbit
By Hassan Blasim
In this story by Hassan Blasim, two would-be assassins in Iraq's Green Zone wrestle with the mystery of an egg-laying rabbit.Before the egg appeared, I would read a book about law or religion…
Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright
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