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‘Jiena Malala’: Pakistani Activist’s Autobiography Gets Maltese Translation

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Malala Yousafzai’s award-winning autobiography about life in Pakistan under Taliban rule will be translated to Maltese.

Faraxa Publishing recently secured the rights to translate the 2013 book ‘I Am Malala’ to Maltese under the title ‘Jiena Malala – It-Tifla li Tkellmet Favour l-Edukazzjonu u Sparawlha t-Taliban’. The book will be published as a paperback in collaboration with the National Literacy Agency and RSM MT and will cost €15.

Malala published her autobiography shortly after she and two other girls were shot on a school bus by a Taliban gunman as retaliation for her activism in favour of female education. The book proved a major success worldwide, selling over 2 million copies as of last year, while Malala became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Ahead of the publication of the Maltese version, Faraxa will organise a panel debate at the Mediterranean Conference Centre next Friday as part of the Malta Book Festival. Speakers will include Prof Carmel Borg from the Faculty of Education, Josanne Cutajar from the Faculty of Social Wellbeing – Gender Studies, women’s rights activist Roberta Lepra, the book’s translator Godwin Ellul, Maria Micallef from RSM Malta, and Education Minister Evarist Bartolo.

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