About the event
When Hana’s dying uncle calls her back from the city to the family home in the Albanian mountains, he tries to marry her to a local man who could run the household. Unable to accept the arranged marriage and determined to remain independent, Hana’s only option is to follow tradition and vow to live the rest of her life in chastity as a man – and so Hana becomes Mark. For a sworn virgin, there is no way back.
Years later, Mark – now a raki-drinking, chain-smoking shepherd – receives an invitation to join a cousin in the US. This may be Mark’s only chance to escape his vow. But what does he know about being an American woman?
Join Elvira Dones author of Sworn Virgin for a discussion of her novel with her translator Clarissa Botsford and publisher Stefan Tobler at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich. Rosie Goldsmith will be chairing the panel, drawing on various topics of discussion including, but, not limited to multilingualism and multiculturalism in the literary sphere.
This event is in partnership with the British Centre for Literary Translation and is supported by Pro Helvetia