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'Toni Morrison…Brief Biography of Brave Writer'…Now Available in Arabic

'Toni Morrison…Brief Biography of Brave Writer'…Now Available in Arabic

Thursday, 4 November, 2021 - 07:00

Novelist Loutfia Al-Douleimi released her Arabic translation of Barbara Kramer's "Toni Morrison…Brief Biography of Brave Writer" in collaboration with Baghdad-based Dar Al Mada Publishing.

In this biography, writer Barbara Kramer explores the life and career of Nobel Literature winner Toni Morrison, from her childhood in Lorain, Ohio, to her creative expressive works on the Afro-American culture.

"A special spiritual connection lured me to Morrison since I read her first novel 'The Bluest Eye', and then this connection deepened with the next one. In her works, Morrison focused on defining the identity of black people, on the individual and cultural levels, in a society where inequality and injustice are very common," Al-Douleimi wrote in the introduction of her book.

Morrison was born in Ohio, on February 18, 1931. She was the only black American writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 for all her works, and the Pulitzer for "Beloved," her best work according to many critics.

She was described as the most prominent Black female novelist in the US, and was the first black woman to win a seat at the Princeton University, a privilege that had long been dedicated to white men.

She released 11 novels including The Bluest Eye revolving around slavery and its economic and psychological consequences in the 19th century; Song of Solomon, Sula, Tar Baby, and Beloved.

Her works have been translated into many languages, including Arabic. She worked at the University of Texas, Howard University, and then moved to New York to become an editor at the Random House Publishing. Morrison died on August 5, 2019 at the age of 88, from an unannounced disease.

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