Pilgrimage by Isa Kamari

What I find unique about this book of poems is that it’s bilingual – the English translation of the puisi (poem in Malay) is available right beside. I enjoy reading some of the puisi about Umrah (or lesser pilgrimage), some of which I resonate with, but I must admit that the English translations for some of it is underwhelming – something that is bound to happen with translations where rich emotions and nuances in meaning are lost. Nevertheless, a good step in flourishing our #SingLit campaign. Would love to see more books like this in various languages.

 

 

 

Title: Pilgrimage
Author: Isa Kamari (translated by Harry Aveling)
Publisher: Ethos Books
Year of Publication: 2016

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