PUBLISHERS’ FELLOWSHIP – BASSAM CHEBARO (LEBANON)

bassam_chebaro• Tell us a little bit about your company and your work there! Are you publishing any Icelandic authors? How were they recieved in your country?

Arab Scientific Publishers were the first to acquire Arabic rights, translator and publish in Arabic. The Icelandic titles were received acceptably and Iceland is rapidly known in the Arab world. Iceland was the guest of honor at Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2015.

• Have you been to Iceland before? What do you expect from your visit this year to the Literary Festival?

I visited most of Europe besides Iceland, Portugal, Norway and Croatia. I expect similar traditions to Finland and very attractive virgin scenery.

• How do you see the situation of translated literature in your country?

Literature in translation is increasing year after year. The world is getting smaller.

• Do you have any favourite Icelandic author?

Arnaldur Indriðason.