The Translator is Leila Aboulela's first novel, published in 1999. The Translator is a story about a young Sudanese widow, Sammar, living in Scotland and her relationship with Islamic scholar Rae Isles. Sammar was working as a translator at University when she began to translate Rae's work. The two fall in love and Aboulela explores their relationship in terms of religious faith, self-identity, and love.


  • Rae Isles
  • Sammar
  • Mahasen Sammar's aunt
  • Yasmin Rae's secretary

ISBN 0-8021-7026-9

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