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    Margarita Skinner

    The tradition of embroidery is one of the great art forms of village life in Palestine.

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    Najwa Kawar Farah

    Najwa Kawar Farah relates emotions of love and longing in this moving collection of poetry and paintings.

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    Niyazi Kizilyurek

    An intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus.

  • Vanished

    Ahmed Masoud

    A fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father.

  • Jerusalemites

    Dr Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh

    As a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.

  • Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

    An exquisite celebration of one of the deepest and strongest of human emotions.

  • Threads of Identity

    Widad Kamel Kawar

    A record of 50 years Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the Palestinian heritage.

  • Rue du Mexique

    Suhail Bulos

    From tales of surreptitious teenage romances in Jerusalem, to day-long curfews during the Lebanese civil war and a renegade rooster in Beirut.

  • Nostos

    Maath al-Alousi

    Despite the layer of a sweet sadness that is suspended over it, the city does not sleep at night...


Selma Ancira

An award winning translator with a passion for photography.


Selma Ancira was born in Mexico City in 1956. She studied Russian Literature at the Moscow State University, and Greek Language and Literature at the University of Athens.

She is a literary translator by profession. Lev Tolstói and Marina Tsvietáieva are the two Russian writers she has mostly translated. From the world of Greek literature, she has translated into Spanish works by George Seferis, Yiannis Ritsos, Iakovos Kampanellis, as well as the novel Loxandra by Maria Iordanidou.

She has received numerous literary prizes, amongst which are the Pushkin Medal (2008), the Ángel Crespo prize for translation (Barcelona, 2009), and the literary prizes Marina Tsvietáieva (Russia, 2010) and Maximilian Voloshin (Ukraine, 2010). In 2011 she was awarded Spain's National Prize for Translation, and in 2012 she was granted the First Prize for Literary Translation Tomás Segovia in Mexico.

In addition to translation, she is passionate about photography. Her photographs have so far been presented in four personal exhibitions:

- "My Russia", in the Libertad Gallery in the city of Querétaro in Mexico, in October 2008.
- "The labyrinths of destiny", in the Espace Daniel Sorano in Paris, in February 2009.
- "The labyrinths of destiny", in Arthostal Gallery in Barcelona, in May 2010.
- "Water and stone", in the Iria Beach Art Hotel on the island of Naxos, in July 2011.

Selma Ancira has been living in Barcelona since 1988.

Published works

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