Dilek Carelius - Translator of the Month

Dilek Basak Carelius is a translator of both non-fiction and fiction from Norwegian to Turkish. She has translated books by Erlend Loe, Vigdis Hjorth and Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, among others. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Bosphorous University and a Master’s degree in theatre studies from the University of Oslo. Dilek lives in Oslo and her translation of Linn Ullmann’s Unquiet is just about to be published.

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Dilek Carelius. The picture is taken in Seljord, Norway.

In our interview, we asked Dilek:
Which book are you translating right now?
I am translating Linn Ullmann’s novel Unquiet and Maria Parr’s Astrid the Unstoppable. My dad died three years ago and these last books I have translated happen to begin with almost the same sentence: “Dad is dead” (Doppler, Will and Testament (original title: Arv og miljø) and Unquiet (original title: De urolige). The universe wants me to process Dad’s passing through translations.

Those of you who understand Norwegian can read Dilek’s Translator of the Month interview in full here.

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