Translator and Scholar Humphrey Davies left us this past winter. I never got to meet him, but I’ll never forget what a pleasure it was to read his gorgeous translation of Elias Khoury’s The Gate of the Sun. He was a true artist.
M. Lynx Qualey has published moving words of tribute to him on the ArabLit website, from which the image on this page was borrowed. Please let her tell you about how Davies found his way to translation and became one of our most important translators of Arabic literature.
You’ll also find tributes to him posted by a number of colleagues on a still-growing memorial page on the ArabLit Quarterly website.