IBNA- A novel by English-Canadian author Camilla Gibb 'Sweetness in the Belly' (2005) an English girl raised a Muslim in Morocco has been rendered into Persian and published.
A psychologically complex and utterly convincing story, alive with political insight and sensuous detail, the book has been translated into Persian by Hamed Habibzadeh. Amirkabir Publishing in Tehran has released 'Sweetness in the Belly' in 392 pages.
In Thatcher's London, Lilly, a white Muslim nurse, struggles in a state of invisible exile. As Ethiopian refugees gradually fill the flats of the housing estate where she lives, Lilly tentatively begins to share with them her longing for the home she herself once had in Africa and her heartbreaking search for her missing lover.
Back in Haile Selassie's Ethiopia, the young Lilly, born in the 1950s to British parents, now orphaned and full of religious conviction, finds herself living in the city of Harar. She is drawn to the idealistic young doctor, Aziz, himself an outsider in the community. But, then convulsions of a new revolutionary order separate them, sending Lilly to an England she has never seen, while Aziz disappears.
Like Brick Lane and The Kite Runner, Camilla Gibb’s widely praised new novel is a poignant and intensely atmospheric look beyond the stereotypes of Islam. The novel is soon to be adapted into a major motion picture starring Dakota Fanning.
Camilla Gibb was born in London, England, and grew up in Toronto. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University for which she conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia.
Her two previous novels, ‘Mouthing the Words’, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000, and ‘The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life’, have been published in eighteen countries and translated into fourteen languages, receiving rave reviews all around the world.
She is one of twenty-one writers on the Orange Futures List—a list of young writers to watch, compiled by the jury of the prestigious Orange Prize. Camilla lives in Toronto, where she serves as vice president of PEN Canada and is currently a writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto.