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Italy: First Arabic language publishing house to open in Rome

Rome, 26 Oct. (AKI) - Italy's Arabic language publishing house will next week launch in Rome, in a bid to bridge the shortfall of European literary works available in Arabic and vice versa, reported Italian daily La Repubblica.

It is called Sharq-Gharb or East-West, and plans to publish famous Italian literary works such as Dante's Divine Comedy, as well as more modern works such as The Days of Abandonment by leading contemporary author Elena Ferrante, among others.

The publishing house will also expand its operations into translating other important European literary works into the Arabic language, and will nurture Arab writers who experience censureship in their own countries.

The publishing house will be inaugurated on Monday and it will be also presented at the international book fair in Algiers, selected as cultural capital of the Arab world in 2007.




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