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Title:Of translators, travellers and readers: the transmission of knowledge in contexts of power in Jamal Mahjoub's 'The Carrier'
Author:Steiner, Tina
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Geographic term:Sudan
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About person:Jamal Mahjoub (1960-)
Abstract:This article focuses on moments of knowledge production that are crosscultural and translational amidst starkly asymmetrical power relations, which seek to curtail such collaboration. By focusing in detail on the Anglo-Sudanese writer Jamal Mahjoub's novel 'The carrier' (1998), this article aims to highlight the story of particular translators and their journeys as they try to counter and resist the intervention of power through their own translation activities, arguing that the text asserts the possibility of small acts of dislodging knowledge out of the hands of power, even if only temporarily. Mahjoub insists on drawing the reader into this task, as he believes that only fiction can bridge the gap which objectifies the other. The idea of translation and collaboration is thus extended to the space between the text and the reader. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]