Sex & Second Chances

About Episode

Emma Ramadan translated two Moroccan novels in 2020: A Country for Dying by Abdellah Taïa & Straight from the Horse’s Mouth by Meryem Alaoui. They are very different books but they both feature sex workers.

Show Notes:

Find more about Emma’s current and forthcoming translations at

The Moroccan film Much Loved was released in 2015. You can read more about it from Aida Alami: Moroccan Film About Prostitution Creates Uproar.

Najat Bensalem starred in the film Raja in 2003 and was the subject of Abdellah El Jouahary’s documentary Raja Bent El Mellah, which came out in 2015.

Emma’s co-translation, with Chris Clarke, of Abdellah Taïa’s "The Rain"

Also Taïa’s "A Garden, While Waiting," which Emma translated for the PEN World Voices Translation Slam

Crossing Boundaries: 10 Moroccan Writers” - the special section Emma put together for Words Without Borders