ZÜRICH James Joyce Foundation


Saturday, 4 November 2023,  

Matinée at the Filmpodium, Nüschelerstrasse 11, Zürich 

Translating Ulysses 

Netherlands/Turkey, 2023. Directed by Aylin Kuryel and Firat Yücel 

Subtitles in English and German 

The documentary portrays Kawa Nemir, renowned Kurdish author and translator of English literature, on his epic journey to bring Joyce’s Ulysses from the Irish sea to the Kurdish mountains. 

But how can Ulysses with its complexity and infinite variety of words and symbols be translated into a language that is politically repressed? During his six-years’ task he collects a myriad of Kurdish words and idioms to create a Kurdish analogue to Joyce’s novel, attempting to redeem the collective memory of the Kurdish language and to build a bridge between his own Kurdish culture and world literature. 

Kawa Nemir

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