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Peter Bush

Peter Bush works in Barcelona as a freelance literary translator. He was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize in '09 for his translation of Equator by Miguel Sousa Tavares. He edited (with Susan Bassnett) The Translator as Writer and put together the anthology of Cuban stories The Voice of the Turtle. His most recent publication is Fernando de Rojas's novel Celestina. Current projects from Catalan include Quim Monzó's Guadalajara, Teresa Solana's Shortcut to Paradise and Josep Pla's The Gray Notebook. .

An excerpt from The Last Patriarch By Najat El Hachmi Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush

This is the story of Mimoun, son of Driouch, son of Allal, son of Mohammed, son of Mohand, son of Bouziane, whom we shall simply call Mimoun. It is his story and the story of the last of the great patriarchs who make up the long chain of Driouch’s forbears. Every single one lived, acted and intervened in the lives of those around them as firmly as the great figures in the Bible.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2020

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