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The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)
June 29, 2005
Posted to the web June 30, 2005
An Ethiopian writer has translated the legendary work of Hadis Alemayehu's "Fikir Eske Mekabir" into English - "Love unto Crypt," The Daily Monitor learnt.
The Washington based translator, Sisay Ayenew, is to publish the magnanimous romantic literature in hard and soft paperbacks at a cost of $ 34.98 and $ 24, respectively.
The book is expected to hit US bookstores in the very near future. It is also available online via Amazon.com.
Sisay said he had wanted to translate the book ever since he first read it. The work took 13 years to accomplish. Having financed the book's publication himself Sisay says is proud to deliver the utmost Ethiopian literature to English readers.
He added that different professors of literature had critiqued the book to insure the translation was up to standard.
After reading the translation, Professor Haile Getachew said Hadis Alemayehu was a number one Ethiopian writer and that is evident in the fact that there is no book as widely read as Fikir Eske Mekabir.
American writer of "The Journey of Fulfillment," Tamara Sminey much-admired the work as an eye opener of African literature. She drew parallel with Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" and "Arrows of Sand."