Books by Anna Nerkagi will be translated in Italian and Chinese
10:47 5 марта 2020
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Tyumen State University initiated translation of works by the Nenets writer Anna Nerkagi “Aniko of the Nogo clan” and “Beliy Yagel” in Italian and Chinese.
“Translation of the works into Italian was started. I think we will see the book in 2021”, said Sergey Simakov, the director of the University’s publishing house.
He notes that the University started translating works into Chinese, but it may take longer, as TASS reports. According to him, Anna Nerkagi became a guide to the world and culture of Nenets people.
Earlier the University translated works by the original writer into English, and last year in the joint project with the publishing house “Gara d’Edizions” — into Spanish, for that country the topic of preservation of identity, culture and language is relevant as well.
Sergey Simakov notes that publication of works by Anna Nerkagi in English, Spanish, and soon in Italian and Chinese will increase the author’s chances of winning the Nobel Prize. The world’s only nomadic writer was nominated twice for one of the most prestigious awards.
“Aniko of the Nogo clan” was published in 1976, and “White Yagel” — in 1995. The story of the girl Aniko against the background of the picture of diverse and deep life in tundra reflects the conflict of life familiar, traditional for Nenets people and new one, overturning the old orders. Northern people see that thanks to oil discovered on their land, they will have not only fuel, but also “many other necessary things”. They understand that study of Pushkin’s poems in a boarding school is quite compatible with lessons of hunting, reindeer husbandry and fishing, with traditional occupations of Nenets people. Tundra is waiting for its departed children, who can make its life better, and they are leaving for the big land.
The story “White Yagel” originated from experience of Anna Nerkagi’s nomadic life in the Baydaratskaya tundra, experience of self-awareness, new discovery of her people and reflections on their destiny, the story is saturated with Nenets mythology.
In the Baydaratskaya tundra beyond the Polar Circle Anna Nerkagi founded the camp for orphans “Land of hope”. In 2012 a documentary director Ekaterina Golovnya made the film “Nerkagi”. In 2014 the story “White Yagel” was adapted by the film director Vladimir Tumayev. The film won awards at the 36th Moscow international film festival, at the 21st Los Angeles film festival and was shown at the festival of Russian films in Milan.