Amani Lazar is a well-known literary translator and writer from Homs in Syria, and holds a diploma in Law from the faculty of Law in Damascus. From her new base at the International People’s College (IPC) in Elsinore, Lazar will continue her work as a literary translator, and participate in collaborations with the cultural sphere in Helsingør, in Denmark and internationally.
Over the course of her career, Lazar has translated a huge number of short stories, poems, articles and books from English into Arabic. She is known to be one of the few female Arabic translators who dare to translate texts by contemporary writers who are not known to the wider Arabic readership.
Lazar’s translations of the work of Charles Bukowski, and of selected texts by writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Chimamanda Nogzi Adichi, Nichita Stănsescu, Murakami Haruki and many others, have been well received by readers, fellow translators, as well as critics.
From a life in the warzone
Along with thousands of other civiliansm, Amani Lazar was trapped in the middle of an active battlefield in Homs, where she was living. She witnessed some of the most brutal battles in the ongoing Syrian war, and when bombing increased dramatically in the city, she found shelter in a village in the remote suburbs of the city, close to ISIS held areas.
An active translator and writer, and a woman, her situation was extremely vulnerable. She stayed in the suburbs of Homs until she was able to leave for her residency in Elsinore.
Lazar has written and published several texts in popular literary online magazines as well as in her personal blog Sunofamani. In those texts, Lazar tackles many concepts, one of which is life in a warzone. Amani Lazar tends to write in a personal and intimate manner about her fears of the war, yet those texts can relate to all the women trapped in the middle of a warzone. Examples of her work can be found online: Ma3azef.com, assafir.com, al-adab.com, annahar.com, O2 publishing.com
Translations and publications
Lazar translated and published five books:
First as Tragedy, then as Farce by Slavoi Zizik, Tawa Publishing House, Saudi Arabia 2015
Ask the Dust by John Fante, Athar Publishing House, Saudi Arabia 2015
Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood by Kristin Thompson, Syrian General Institute of Books
South of No North by Charles Bukowski, Al-Jamal Publications, Germany-Iraq 2015
Mysteries by Knut Hamsun, Masciliana Editions, Tunisia 2016
The Disappeared by Kim Echin, Mamdouh Adwan Publishing House, 2016
In the Media
27. 01. 2017 SN.dk (Sjællandske Medier) Første kunstner under fribyordningen
27. 01. 2017 Globalnyt.dk Helsingørs første fribykunstner er ankommet
Helsingør City of Refuge
Helsingør joined ICORN in February 2016 and is hosting their first ICORN writer in residence, Amani Lazar for two years, from 2017-2019. Elsinore City of Refuge is a collaboration between the Municipality of Elsinore, the Elsinore City Libraries and the International People’s College (Den Internationale Højskole), where Amani Lazar will stay and work during her residency.