Join us for an evening with translator Jon Cho-Polizzi and moderators Marie Larose and Jeanette Oholi, as they discuss Ada's Room, a kaledioscopic novel by Sharon Dodua Otoo. This reading is sponsored by Dartmouth Leslie Center for the Humanities, the German Department and the Comparative Literature Program.
Ada’s Room is about four women named Ada. It is a feat of imagination and breaks down simplistic notions of history as a straight line; one woman’s experience matters to another’s 400 years later, on a different continent. In this deeply moving, at times mordantly funny, ultimately hopeful book, there is a connection between all those fighting for love, for family, for justice, for a home. Ada’s Room is written by Sharon Dodua Otoo, and is translated by Jon Cho-Polizzi.
Jon Cho-Polizzi is a literary translator and is Collegiate Fellow and Assistant Professor of German at the University of Michigan, where he is also affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature. His translations of Max Czollek’s De-Integrate: A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21 st Century and Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Ada’s Room were published in 2023, and he co-edited and translated for the 2022 English-language edition of Fatma Aydemir and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah’s collected volume Your Homeland is Our Nightmare: An Antifascist Essay Collection. Jon’s translation of Djinns by Fatma Aydemir is forthcoming in 2024. As a literary scholar and translator, Jon works to highlight the many underrepresented voices in contemporary German-language literature, endeavoring to complicate and expand prevailing assumptions about and the reception of German literature in the English-speaking world.
Sharon Dodua Otoo is a novelist and political activist. Otoo won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2016 with the text "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin". Her first novel "Adas Raum" was published by S. Fischer Verlag in 2021 and has been translated into several languages. In collaboration with the Ruhrfestspiele, one of the oldest, largest and most renowned theatre festivals in Europe, she curates the Black German-language literature festival "Resonanzen".
A kaleidoscopic novel spanning generations and continents, that reveals the connections between four women in their struggle for survival.
A controversial, best-selling polemic in Germany, De-Integrate is a battle cry against Jewish assimilation into a dominant culture that seeks to paint over the past--and a handbook for minorities on how to embrace their difference and resist rising nationalism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism.