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, Inc. was founded 30 years ago. ASP acquired Arabic rights and published in Arabic 3000+ titles covering computer science, health, children, politics, athletics and bestsellers novels. Moreover, ASP published 2000+ Arabic novels and studies.

ASP translated to Arabic from the following languages: English, French, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, German, Korean, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Spanish.

ASP was the first Arab publisher to acquire and publish Icelandic titles. 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.