IBNA- The British author of the best-selling novel ‘The Lighthouse’ Alison Moore, expressed her pleasure at meeting the Iranian publisher of her work. She also praised the progressive character of the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani.
In an interview with IBNA, the author of ‘The Lighthouse’ translated by Ebrahim Fotovvat to Persian, was introduced to Iranian readers by Kouleh Poshti Publications last year. Although this book was the author’s first work, but it was quickly praised by the critics to the extent that it was even compared with ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus.
Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971. Her stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies including Best British Short Stories 2011. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize, and for the Scott Prize for her first collection. She won first prize in the novella category of The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes.
‘The Lighthouse’ was included in the Booker Prize shortlist in 2012, also was shortlisted for New Writer of the Year in the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards and in 2013 received the McKittrick Literary Foundation Award. This work’s Persian translation with an introduction by Moore was released in winter 2016 in Iran.
Answering a question about whether ‘The Lighthouse’ characters symbolize special people in the society, she said: “Not having a mother deeply influences Futh’s character. She always follows the trace of her mother wherever she goes, and this constant seeking ruins her relationship with her husband.”
She was then asked about Futh’s uncertain destiny, to which she answered: “At the end of the story we see that when Futh hides herself in the bathroom, she thinks that Esther (the landlady) arrives and finds her. However, the sound could also be the sneakers belonging to Bernard (landlady’s husband). Futh looks out from the bathroom window, but the distance to the ground is so great that Futh could not get out of the window. The end of the story is planned ambiguous and I believe this attracts the readers even more.”