Strasburger’s desire to have the book translated into Arabic “was kind of a personal issue.” (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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Polish writer Stanislaw Strasburger has dug deep into the literary heritage of the Arab world, with the aim of exploring its contemporary society and confronting Western "cliches" about the East."The Story Teller," Strasburger's debut novel, is the first Polish fiction work to be translated into Arabic in over half a century. The novel tells the story of Yan, a Polish geophysicist who goes to Syria for his work but becomes so fascinated by the place that he quits his job and tries to engage more closely with the society's culture. Strasburger describes his novel as a love triangle that explores traditional Arabic literature. Strasburger said it was challenging to maintain his focus on culture and literature."The Story Teller" is an urban novel.Strasburger said he was also trying to explore migration from a new generation's perspective.It is difficult somehow, yes but, I don't think humans are so simple that you can provide a simple answer.The Arabic translation of Strasburger's "The Story Teller" has been published by Dar al-Adab and was released December 2013 at the Arab Book Fair.
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