Abu Dhabi February 21, 2009 – Secretary General, Rashed Al Oraimi announced today the winners in two categories, arts and translation for the 2009 sheikh Zayed book awards.
The award for best translated book is granted to Dr. Sa’ad Abdulaziz Maslouh, Professor of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts / Kuwait, for his book “Translation theory: contemporary trends” for the interpreter’s ability of transcending from a simple “transfer” of knowledge and technology to a broader framework that encompass science,culture and novelty.
“This valuable work adds a new prospect in translation/interpretation by investigating the correlation between comparative literature and linguistics; an approach that has been studied in the western academic world three decades ago whilst lacked attention in the Arabic universities. The book provides the reader with insight into the nature of translation, language and communication across cultures. The book includes five new approaches and explores strengths and weaknesses of each. It was highly commended by the selection committee” Said Rashed Al Oraimi.
On the other hand, the arts prize was granted to Dr. Maher Rady, a renowned cinematographer from Egypt. His book entitled “Thought of light” was considered a breakthrough in arts because “the text addresses a subject of utmost importance and serves as a significant element in the area of cinematography. It offers a unique and distinct value to both the camera and elements of the scene. The artist/writer, through use of light, went far beyond basic exposure, however, into the essence of visual storytelling contributing considerably to the emotional response of the audience watching motion pictures. The artists highlghts how control of light quality, colour, direction and intensity is a major factor in the art and science of cinematography. The work presents a new scientific, technical and aesthetic view world of motion pictures.”
Sheikh Zayed’s Book Award was established in 2006 and is an independent and neutral award with total monetary value of seven million dirhams. The award consist of nine categories. The awarding ceremony will take place on March 18, 2009 at the Emirates Palace during the Abu Dhabi international book fair.